For millennia, from gazing into the sky on a clear night to deep probes by the Hubble Space Telescope, humankind has gleaned mysteries of the cosmos. Seen from Earth, stars remain fixed in their constellations, each one a blazing nuclear powerhouse, as the planets, the wanderers, meander through their fixed background. Clusters of stars forming bejeweled spiral arms circle around a common center as galaxies.
In Einstein’s theory of general relativity, mass distorts the fabric of space-time, causing light to bend around stars. Black holes spiral into one another and set off cataclysmic ripples in space-time, as spectacularly discovered last year by LIGO after forty years of toil by thousands of scientists. And amidst all this, the Universe is expanding. Be it from our home, the Earth, or in explorations of space, the splendor and awe of the cosmos is ever manifest.
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