So generally I’m really dense when it comes to physics – my brain just doesn’t handle it well. All that math and abstract concepts… I find it very challenging. Anything more complex than basic Newtonian physics and my mind starts to get a bit mushy.
Nonetheless, I can certainly appreciate a bit of it every now and then, especially astrophysics. Though it’s not really my cup of tea, I can totally see why the idea of being an astronomer appealed so much to Lisa Simpson (you know, that episode where she tries to figure out what her one true passion is) – it’s epic beyond comparison, man. (Unlike geology, which Lisa finds as boring as I do.)
I’ve always especially found the creation of heavier elements – the stuff that make up solar systems, planets and all living things – to be super cool. When old stars die, they don’t do so quietly – they explode in a burst of energy and light, a supernova. They spray dust throughout the universe, which then aggregate together to form asteroids, comets, and planets.
So, really, the earth and all of its inhabitants – including us – are nothing more than stardust.
Think about that. The eyes you’re using to read this entry are made of stardust. The nerves in your brain that are storing all this information are made of stardust. Your fingers stroking your mouse, stardust.
Stardust, man. Could it get any cooler?
Well apparently it can. Astronomers from NASA revealed last week that they have figured out another piece to the puzzle.
Planets are born from the dust of exploding stars. But where did the matter that made up those stars come from? Turns out the elements that made up those stars were born in the winds bursting from gigantic black holes.
There you have it. We’re nothing more than stardust born on the winds bursting from black holes.