Starts With A Bang

Be thankful for the Universe that created you (Synopsis)

The Universe is an amazing place, and the way it came to be today is something very much worth being thankful for. Image credit: NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage Team (STScI / AURA); J. Blakeslee.

“If a fellow isn’t thankful for what he’s got, he isn’t likely to be thankful for what he’s going to get.” -Frank A. Clark

There’s a lot to be thankful for, and some of those things are truly universal. The world we share, the Sun we orbit, the galaxy we reside in and the Universe itself plus the laws that govern it are cosmic stories we all share. And if you think about it really hard, you’ll realize that there are a whole slew of cosmic steps that needed to happen that are worth giving thanks to.

An infrared view from ESA’s Herschel observatory of a new star-forming region. Image credit: ESA / SPIRE / PACS / P. André (CEA Saclay).

From the Big Bang itself to the matter/antimatter asymmetry, from the existence of atoms to how the heavy ones form in stars, from the gravitational force that holds galaxies together to the supernovae that recycle elements, and from the nebulae that form stars and planets to the fortunate circumstances that led to Earth thriving, there are a huge number of things that needed to happen to bring us to today.

The Earth and Sun, not so different from how they might have appeared 4 billion years ago. Image credit: NASA/Terry Virts.

It’s all worth being thankful for every day, but especially on Thanksgiving, it’s the greatest cosmic gift of all, and it’s a gift we’ve all received. Happy Thanksgiving from Starts With A Bang!