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“Cosmos” and the cloud…

March 10, 2014

cosmos calendarThe premier of the new “Cosmos” last night has me feeling significantly insignificant this morning. The new series, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson, began by attempting to provide viewers some context of the massive scale of space and time we exist in. These provide some perspective on the miracle of our being:

  • Space: The diameter of the “observable” (viewing light with telescopes) universe is estimated to be 93 billion light-years. Oh, and one “light-year” is around 6 trillion miles. The entire universe is estimated to be 250 times that… Yeah, don’t try to do all that math in your head.
  • Time: The universe is estimated to be 13.8 billion years old. To provide an understandable scale of where we are across that time-frame, original “Cosmos” series creator and host, Carl Sagan imagined the “cosmic calendar.” Sagan distributed the 13.8 billion years across 12 months, with the “big bang” occurring in the first second of January 1, and each month representing a little over a billion years. In the “cosmic calendar,” all of our recorded history on Earth has taken place during the last 14 seconds of December 31st. For example, the voyage of Christopher Columbus happened at 11:59:59 PM on December 31st. Yeah. Mind blowing.

Given the title of this post, I had intended to wrap this up with some cutesy link to our cloud solutions, but I just can’t. Maybe I’ll blog about the cloud tomorrow. For now, I think the message of “Cosmos” is that we all help each other to make the best of our shared nanosecond of existence.

“Human history can be viewed as a slowly dawning awareness that we are members of a larger group… Groups of people from divergent ethnic and cultural backgrounds working in some sense together [is] surely a humanizing and character building experience. If we are to survive, our loyalties must be broadened further, to include the whole human community, the entire planet Earth.”  – Carl Sagan – “Cosmos”


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  1. March 11, 2014 9:01 am

    I was looking forward to the series . . . now that we know and can see more; remember wanting to be an astronaut when I was little; the one that got me thinking a bit more was about light that hasn’t even made it to us yet; 186,000 miles per second; wait . . . what?! For those of us that have stood and watched a sunrise on a clear morning when that little fire ball shows up . . . WOW . . . wonder how long I’ll be riding around on this little dirt ball in space.


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