It's good to be reminded how we are all star matter, partaking in both immense smallness and vastness, both at once -- we are small souls in a vast universe, and perhaps a multiverse. Carl Sagan gives voice to that here -- our Pale Blue Dot -- and I think of it often.
I'm a big fan of Krista Tippett's interviews on her show On Being. I especially love it when she talks to physicists. I can't get enough of the ideas of multi-verses and the beyond the headlines explanations of the Higgs boson; exoplanets that resemble the earth; and the new map of the cosmos that is unfolding at this moment. It's the physicists who bring these worlds to us; it's Krista Tippett's ability to ask the questions that bring the world of science into the realm of interested listeners in a down to earth way as we look in wonder at all that is out there.
From the Radiolab site:
We've all felt it, that irresistible urge to point the finger. But new technologies are complicating age-old moral conundrums about accountability. This hour, we ask what blame does for us -- why do we need it, when isn't it enough, and what happens when we try to push past it with forgiveness and mercy?
"Objects as large as a planet or as small as a photon can have the property of spin. Spin is also the reason we can watch movies in 3D."
"For those who may ask what they can do to honor Neil, we have a simple request. Honor his example of service, accomplishment and modesty, and the next time you walk outside on a clear night and see the moon smiling down at you, think of Neil Armstrong and give him a wink."