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Hey There, You with the Stars in Your Eyes

de519456b89b5a226f39d3709cdab994I’ve had the great privilege of working with Neil deGrasse Tyson since 1989 when he published Merlin’s Tour of the Universe. His new book, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller List and is still there a month later. Congrats, Neil! I urge you to take a peek if you’ve ever wondered about stars and galaxies and black holes and dark matter, and ultimately your place in the universe. Until I read Neil’s books, I thought I was at its center. Spoiler alert:

What’s your place in the universe?

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14 Responses

  1. Opposite pole of him.😱

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  2. Under this rock. Not complaining though — it’s nice and quiet here.

    Those covers are amazing, and I’m sure the books are too. I’ll recommend them to people, but I won’t read them myself. Because when I was fifteen, I read a book on black holes etcetera, and somehow plunged myself into a depression that almost killed me. Not that I knew what depression was, or even what was happening. I just became smaller as the world became larger, and the shadow of my rock became denser and darker, and it took a few years to find light. I know I should be braver now I’m old, but I yam what I yam.

  3. Cool! I’d just made a note in my handy notebook of books to read, about this one. Gawd, that was an awkward sentence, but it’s six in the morning, and our house was burgled while we were in Russia and the fuckers got my laptop, on which was the novel I was painfully, brilliantly, desperately revising, and my external hard drive had quit working four months ago, so, yup, I hadn’t backed up, and my book is GONE. A real shock & grief, I don’t have to tell you guys. I’m brainstorming a new novel and what I’ve got so far is really, really overwhelming and it might kill me. On the other hand, I do believe death is rebirth, I mean, I honestly do. I’m being reborn, that’s where I am in the universe.

    • Oh no Josephine! That gave me a gut punch – is the novel’s version 4 months ago not salvageable? Either way, YES, grief and shock are what I’d feel too. How horrible. I hope your new novel comes together in such a way that the loss of the other ends up a good thing. Hard to imagine at this moment…but, good on you to move forward.

    • Jeez, Josephine, I am really sorry to hear about the loss of your novel. I know it’s too late to close the barn door on that particular horse, but for what it’s worth, I back my day’s work up to the cloud every night by attaching it to an email I send to an account there. If I’m working on something during the course of the day, I might email the back up to digital heaven several times a day as the work progresses. I highly recommend the practice.

  4. Ah! This book!!!! This book is the book for me. Just the other day, when my husband and I were going down the road I was talking about how mind boggling black holes are, and about the miracle of our galaxy situated amongst BILLIONS of other galaxies. I’ve been fascinated with the universe since I can remember. I spend my time looking up more than I do around me. (which could be why I’m always tripping over my own two feet)

    • You might like “A Year of Comets” which is about comets AND North Carolina. The author is DeBlieu (Jan? too lazy to cross the room and check).

    • Sorry if this posts twice, but donnaeve, you might like “A Year of Comets” by Jan (?) DeBlieu, which is about the universe AND North Carolina.

  5. I’m trying to figure out how people understand the universe through mathematics.

  6. One of Dr. Tyson’s many gifts is his ability to explain complicated things succinctly and without condescension. It’s as though he knows that even he is not a master of the universe.

    When I was 20, I was out on a narrow finger ridge on a mountain on Oahu, almost surrounded by sheer drops, as though standing on air. A storm came through a pass, blue, gray, black, absorbing. Wind-fired rain beat me and I hunkered, leaning into it, covering my eyes. My windbreaker snapped and popped over the roar.

    Then it was gone.

    It still thrills me to recall that lesson in humility and insignificance. There have been others.

    My place in this universe is that of a nano-mote, and I love it.

  7. “What’s your place in the universe?”

    i am in the center of the universe, and the universe is in the center of me. i am everything and nothing and all that ranges between.

    my place in the universe is where i am placed.

  8. I am a wisp In time and space.

  9. I’m here, I’m there, I’m everywhere. But when I look closer nothing is there. So god only knows (whatever that is.)

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