283 – Significance and Insignificance …

Looking at the picture below of a tiny portion of our Universe in the constellation Cygnus of our Milky Way, I know that each point of light is a star. And that the stars, unless they are in binary or more complex systems, are separated from each other in a similar way as our Sun is separated from its closest neighbor, Alpha Centauri, by 4.37 light-years.[1] The conglomeration of stars shown in the picture depicts a tiny portion of the macrocosm, the cosmological dimensions in which we are embedded.

[1] A light-year is the astronomical distance light travels in one year at the speed of 300,000 kilometers a second (186,000 miles/sec)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The image below is a 100-million-time magnification of a congregation of atoms and electrons depicting a tiny sample of the microcosm, the cosmological dimensions from which we are created.

 

 

 

 

 

Our awareness of these cosmological dimensions, the dimensions of the atomic particles and the dimensions of the stars and galaxies, defines not only the significance and insignificance of what we are in universal scales        but augments the fact that, as far as we know, we seem to be the only ones consciously aware that we are components of a Universe from which we are created and in which we unfold.

We are in the Universe and the Universe is in us.

Updated February 6, 2022

Sources: Earth Science Picture of the Day, Stars Like Grains of Sand by Greg Parker on February 2, 2022. Picture of atoms and electrons from article by Anna Baustein, Scientific American June 28, 2021.

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