Beyond Our Reach

Since the beginning of civilization, astronomers have helped shape our understanding of ourselves by seeking knowledge of our place and time in the universe. Astronomers today are seeking to answer fundamental questions of our existence in the universe. 

Astrophysicists study the biological makeup of distant planets to determine if we are the only planet with life on it. Cosmologists study light from the Big Bang to understand how the universe came into existence. Theorists puzzle over the existence of particles that could explain why the universe formed the way it did- expanding, sparse and spotted with galaxies plump full of stars and gas. 

In this series of articles we too will attempt to grasp what knowledge we can about our vast universe. We’ll start on our home planet, and slowly venture outwards. Each article will bring readers to an understanding of our universe and our place in it. Updates will be every Friday.