I’ve had more than one person admit to me that they’re afraid of the cosmos, and I don’t blame them. The vastness of it all, the and sheer emptiness of most of it, really makes you feel your frailty and insignificance. I’ve felt the same way, too. But I comfort myself with the thought that we can understand so much about the Universe – we can see distant stars and galaxies, infer the presence of thousands of planets around other stars, and map invisible, as-yet-unknown forms of matter and energy and measure their influence almost all the way to the beginning of the Universe itself. Even if we don’t know everything about the Universe, it makes me feel less insignificant here in our tiny corner of it.
If that doesn’t help, maybe this galaxy-print teddy bear will! It’s from Australia-based etsy shop Moon Room Kids.
Itsuko and I haven’t been able to track down the astronomical image. It looks like the print might be the Carina Nebula in visible light, although perhaps that is because I’m seeing Carina everywhere now…
Reach for the stars, Teddy!