I learned one of the most amazing things yesterday and just had to share it with the rest of you in case you didn’t know this either.
Every atom in your body was once inside a star that exploded!
That means that each of us snowflakes are made of stardust!! How awemazing is THAT?!?!
I learned this yesterday while pursuing one of my current curiosity threads about space time continuum and the cosmos and reading “A Universe from Nothing” by Lawrence Klauss.(highly recommended) Klauss explains how the heavier elements such as nitrogen, oxygen, iron were NOT made by the “Big Bang”. These heavier nuclei elements can only be made with truly huge energy levels and heat, much more than even during the Big Bang. The only place there is enough energy and heat to form these heavier atomic elements is during the rare occurrence of an exploding star called a supernova. A supernova burns for about a month with the brightness of 10 billion stars! This only happens about once per hundred years per galaxy, but then again there are billions of galaxies so there are still quite a few of these overall. (about 200 million in the history of our galaxy).
What this means then is that the only way these elements could get into our bodies is if these stars were kind enough to have exploded and sent their products hurtling out into the cosmos, some of which eventually arrived at the blue marble called Earth.
It gets even better for me in that the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than the ones in your right. So we are quite literally as Klauss puts it
“we are all, literally, star children and our bodies are made of stardust!
Sorry, I’m fascinated by so many things and even without the assistance of my ADD riddled brain I’m sure I would be just as easily excited by the awesomeness of the world around me. I’m still reeling in amazement of just how poetic and powerful and humbling it is to learn that each and every one of us snowflakes are made of stardust.
I’ve described some of my many experiences of looking up into the night sky while out here sailing around the world on my Learnativity blog. The perspective you get when you are out in the middle of the deep blue sea with no land in sight is a unique life experience as the sea and the sky merge into one and surround you completely. It is an awemazing experience with a spiritual like quality as you feel a profound connection with the world around you and become one with it. You are no longer a mere external observer, you are a part of this big picture.
Regular readers know that I live using serendipity and synchronicity as strategies and guides so it came as no surprise that this morning, as I was typing up this post and catching up with Emails, Facebook updates, notes, etc. (ADD remember!) I stumbled over a post that my friend Tina in Newfoundland Canada had posted to FB about her discovery of the exact same fact that we are all made of stardust. Her source was Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson and was his answer to the question “What is the most astounding fact you know?” Better yet, Tina included this great video (must watch!) and moreso, she posted all this at literally the same time I was reading my book! Thanks Tina!
I used to have the problem of keeping my jaw from bouncing off the steel desks of my sailboat when my mouth gaped open as I looked up and out at the night sky which is now almost every night in this charmed life I lead, but I just lay down and look up now so my jaw doesn’t hurt so much. I have similar feelings when I’m snorkeling and experience those moments when I become one with that undersea world in these areas where all the other life forms wondrously ignore me. But last night, as I looked up into the clear night sky and those billions of stars shining down on my here in Fiji, it was somehow even more amazing now that I know that not only am I part of the universe but it is a part of ME!
Maybe you already knew about this and I’m just slow to learn as usual but if we are not all amazed by things like this and the beauty that surrounds us EVERY day, then I think we are just not paying attention and not living up to our responsibility to live this gift of life well.