In Space: Beyond Our Reach
We know now that Earth is a round planet, one of eight in our solar system, one of over billions of star systems in the Milky Way, one of the hundred billions galaxies spread out over our expanding universe. Since the beginning of civilization, astronomers have helped shape our understanding of ourselves by seeking knowledge of our place and time in the universe.
Building on the rich history of astronomers, theorists, and spiritualists before our time; astronomers today are seeking to answer fundamental questions of our existence in the universe. Exoplanet 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.