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Zooming Out

Thursday Seth Godin shared this picture from the European Space Agency – 84 million stars. He wrote that the act of zooming in shapes our understanding, showing us new levels.

Here is my capture of a randomly chosen section at the highest zoom, from somewhere in the Milky Way.

If this isn’t extraordinary enough, it is still a fraction (of a fraction) of what the reality is. There are thought to be a septillion stars in the observable universe. Maybe even phosphorous, and therefore life, came from one of them, the ESA theorized recently.

We can see around 5,000 of them, 2500 one hemisphere at a time.

Zooming out is the harder thing to do, especially when we can only see a fraction of a fraction

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