The Known Universe: Where Are We?

I’ve heard about the full hour-long presentation of this cosmic journey, shown periodically at the state-of-the-art Hayden Planetarium in New York City. One twelve year-old girl was reported to have emerged from this show weeping, apparently overcome by her new understanding of her place in the Universe.

The following 6-minute 31-second visualization, produced by the American Museum of Natural History, is a sample of the larger program, but is still deeply moving.

One viewer, watching this video, asked “Why are we at the center of the universe?”

Are we? Does the universe really have a center?

It’s everywhere and nowhere, so … we’re at the center, and we aren’t.

And of course, our journey always has to start from … here:

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One Response to “The Known Universe: Where Are We?”
  1. depelton says:

    I was really struck by the graphic representation of the reach of the first radio signals produced by mankind … in case we think we’ve extended very far in our effort to contact other life.

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