Sunday, June 12, 2016

Out of this world

Images such as these are transforming how science communicates, how knowledge is gained about the universe and how we see the cosmos. Once, we thought our little planet was at the centre of everything. Now that we have seen the Earth as a “pale blue dot” (in the words of the astronomer Carl Sagan) in a photograph taken by Voyager One as it left our solar system, and gazed at the immense webs of heated gas that fill space with luminous colours in pictures taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, we have a sense of the enormity of space and the true smallness of ourselves.
 It’s beautiful and humbling. It’s also, I believe, the most important art being made anywhere today. By Jonathan Jones / continue


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