“I love the smell of the universe in the morning.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

North America Nebula by Nick Pavelchak NASA APOD archives
North America Nebula by Nick Pavelchak
NASA APOD archives



“The knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on earth—the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars—the high mass ones among them- went unstable in their later years—they collapsed and then exploded- scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy—guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen, and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas clouds that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems- stars with orbiting planets. And those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky, and I know that yes we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up—many people feel small, cause their small and the universe is big. But I feel big because my atoms came from those stars.”

~ Neil deGrasse Tyson


Dawn on Saturn, NASA Cassini Spacecraft NASA JPL-Calteh
Dawn on Saturn, NASA Cassini Spacecraft (NASA JPL-Caltech)

“Hard to take science cues from the Maya, who never discovered the wheel, and who sacrificed animals to satisfy gods. Hard to take seriously predictions about the end of the world from the Maya, a culture that could not predict its own demise.” ~ Neil deGrasse Tyson

Found the following infographic on I Want Ice Water and just had to repost it here for all of you fellow cynics: