Quotes From Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (TV Show)

A quotes list created by Lee Sonogan

Originally published on entertainmentcultureonline.com

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The best documentary series about space of all time! Sharing Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s masterpiece contributing to popular culture or entertainment is a must-watch if you have any interest in what goes on outside Earth and the history leading to the present. Standing by the above review in rating and current social shifts, the following is a collection of a lot of its best quotes/references. It was one of my influences to read two of his books which I have both reviewed and see him a few years ago now live in person.

  • Many of us suspect that all of this – all the worlds, stars, galaxies and clusters in our observable universe – is but one tiny bubble in an infinite ocean of other universes; a multiverse. Universe upon universe; worlds without end.
  • Stars . . . get so hot that the nuclei of the atoms fuse together deep within them to make the oxygen we breathe, the carbon in our muscles, the calcium in our bones, the iron in our blood. All of it was cooked in the fiery hearts of long-vanished stars. You, me, everyone: we are made of star stuff.
  • Every person you’ve ever heard of lived somewhere in there [pointing]. All those kings and battles, migrations and inventions, wars and loves, everything in the history books happened here in the last seconds of the Cosmic Calendar.
  • Science is a cooperative enterprise spanning the generations. It’s the passing of a torch from teacher to student to teacher; a community of minds reaching back to antiquity, and forward to the stars.
  • Using nothing more than Newton’s laws of gravitation, we astronomers can confidently predict that several billion years from now our home galaxy – the Milky Way – will merge with our neighboring galaxy – Andromeda. . . . Any life on the worlds of that far off future . . . would be treated to an amazing billion-year-long light show; a dance of a half a trillion stars, to music first heard on one little world, by a man who had but one true friend.
  • Black holes may very well be tunnels through the universe. [If you could somehow survive the ride on] this intergalactic subway system, you could travel to the farthest reaches of spacetime, or you might arrive in someplace even more amazing. We might find ourselves in an altogether different universe.
  • Show me the spectrum of anything, whether here on Earth or from a distant star, and I’ll tell you what it’s made of. Fraunhofer’s lines are the atomic signatures of the elements writ large across the cosmos. As with every other major revelation in the history of science, it opened the way to newer and deeper mysteries. You never know where the next genius will come from. How many of them do we leave in the rubble? The prince and his kingdom were immeasurably enriched by that act of kindness to a poor orphan.
  • Are there any mementos from when the Earth was born, objects that could possibly tell us its true age? I know a place where the unused bricks and mortar left over from the creation of our solar system can be found. It lies between the orbits of Jupiter and Mars.
  • About the quote: The above phrase, “nature will not be fooled,” could be a nod by the creators of Cosmos: ASO toward Richard Feynman. Following the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in 1986 Feynman wrote, “For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled.”
  • Few animals larger than a hundred pounds survived the catastrophes of the late Cretaceous. The dust cloud brought night and cold to the surface for months. The dinosaurs froze and starved to death. But there were small creatures who took shelter in the Earth. And when they emerged they found that the monsters who had hunted and terrorized them were gone. The Earth was becoming the Planet of the Mammals. And the Earth continued its ceaseless changing.
  • The way the planets tug at each other, the way the skin of the Earth moves, the way those motions affect climate and the evolution of life and intelligence – they all combined to give us the means to turn the mud of those river deltas into the first civilizations.
  • There are many kinds of stars. Some are bright like the Sun. Some are dim. The greatest stars are ten million times larger than the smallest ones. Some stars are old beyond imagining, more than ten billion years of age. Others are being born right now. When atoms fuse in the hearts of stars, they make starlight. Stars are born in litters, formed from the gas and dust of interstellar clouds.[Currently] our Sun is poised in a stable equilibrium between gravity and nuclear fire. . . . [F]our or five billion years from now . . . it will become bloated [and] will envelop and devour the planets Mercury and Venus and possibly the Earth. [Finally it will shrink] a hundredfold to the size of the Earth [and will be] a white dwarf star.[D]uring the Carboniferous Period, the atmosphere had almost twice the oxygen as today. Insects could then grow much bigger and still get enough oxygen in their bodies. That’s why the dragonflies here are as big as eagles and the millipedes the size of alligators. Two-thirds of the Earth lies beneath more than 1,000 feet of water. It’s a vast and largely unexplored frontier. . . . This is the longest submarine mountain range in the world, the Atlantic Mid-Ocean Ridge. It wraps around our globe like the seam on a baseball. The past is another planet, but most of us don’t really know this one.
  • Congratulations. You’re alive. There’s an unbroken thread that stretches across more than three billion years that connects us to the first life that ever touched this world. Think of how tough, resourceful and lucky all of our countless ancestors must have been to survive long enough to pass on the message of life to the next and the next and the next generation, hundreds of millions of times before it came to us. . . . Each of us is a runner in the longest and most dangerous relay race there ever was, and at this moment, we hold the baton in our hands.
  • There seems to be a mysterious force in the universe, one that overwhelms gravity on the grandest scale to push the cosmos apart. . . . We call it “dark energy,” but that name, like “dark matter,” is merely a code word for our ignorance. It’s okay not to know all the answers. It’s better to admit our ignorance than to believe answers that might be wrong. Pretending to know everything closes the door to finding out what’s really there.
  • How did we escape from the prison [of ignorance]? It was the work of generations of searchers who took five simple rules to heart. (1) Question authority. No idea is true just because someone says so, including me. Think for yourself. Question yourself. (2) Don’t believe anything just because you want to. Believing something doesn’t make it so. (3) Test ideas by the evidence gained from observation and experiment. If a favorite idea fails a well-designed test, it’s wrong! Get over it. (4) Follow the evidence, wherever it leads. If you have no evidence, reserve judgment. And perhaps the most important rule of all: (5) Remember, you could be wrong.
  • The psychedelic death shrouds of ordinary stars are fleeting, lasting only tens of thousands of years. . . . The stars in a binary star system . . . [like] Sirius [and its companion] white dwarf [will create numerous novae as the system ages]. . . . A star about 15 times as massive as the Sun – one like Rigel – [will ignite] a more powerful nuclear reaction, a supernova [which will result in a pulsar]. . . . [F]or a star more than 30 times as massive as the Sun – a star like Alnilam, in Orion’s Belt – [its supernova will create] a black hole. . . . [Finally, when a supermassive star like the largest in the Eta Carinae system] goes, it won’t become a mere nova or supernova. It will become something far more catastrophic – a hypernova. And it could happen in our lifetime. . . . Earth will be just fine. . . . But still, Eta Carinae in its death throes will . . . light up the night of the southern hemisphere with the brightness of a second Moon.

I shall leave these relevant links here from UNGROOVYGORDS > https://ungroovygords.com/2018/11/30/100-neil-degrasse-tyson-videos/  




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