A Cosmic Perspective

  • A Cosmic Perspective 

  • Until recently, our view of the cosmos has always involved looking up. Our reference point has always been the Earth. To us, the universe flies across the horizon in a rhythmic dance over the course of a revolution around our nearest star. Our horizon is stationary. We look down at the Earth and up at the stars. A cosmic perspective, as coined by the late Carl Sagan, from that of our larger home structure, the Milky Way, adds resolution to our view of the universe. In this perspective, we come to understand the universe differently, to accept its larger entities as more obviously significant in the grand scheme of space and time. In this way the Universe becomes smaller, more attainable, and our shared place in it more naturally acceptable and understandable. In any case, the longer you look, the more you realize we're the ones moving.