Many of us remember that iconic poster of the early 90’s where our galactic neighbourhood was rendered in vibrant colour and an arrow pointed to our neck of the cosmic woods.
It was humbling and made us question our significance in the wider scheme of things.
But take a look at this. It’s the stuff of dreams, or nightmares if you’ve got an over inflated ego.
It almost moved me to tears.
The curiosity of mankind will either be its salvation or its downfall. To paraphrase the late Douglas Adams; we’re the only species (that we know of) that will willingly stick a finger into the universal plug socket just to see what happens.
In this case we discover scenes of previously unimaginable and humbling beauty.
As a thinking (in most cases) species we should be aware that we are custodians of a small, perhaps insignificant planet.
But always remember it’s all we’ve got, it’s home and it floats in a vast void that we are only just starting to learn about.
(Hat tip to Julie, my favourite tree hugger).
When next you sit with family or friends raise a glass to the wonder of the universe and the coming years of discovery.