lunes, 12 de marzo de 2012

Lo más asombroso del universo

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Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

Un lector de la revista TIME le preguntó al astrofísico Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson,"¿Cuál es el hecho más asombroso que puede compartir con nosotros sobre el universo?" y esta fue su respuesta.

"The most astounding fact is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth the atoms that make up the human body are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself. So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the Universe is in us. When I reflect on that fact, I look up –many people feel small because they’re small and the Universe is big– but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant you want to feel like a participant in the goings on of activities and events around you That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…"

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Ph.D. (Bronx, NYC, October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and science communicator. He is currently the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space, and a Research Associate in the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. Since 2006 he has hosted the educational science television show NOVA scienceNOW on PBS

Neil deGrasse Tyson (Bronx, 5 de octubre de 1958) es un astrofísico y divulgador científico estadounidense. Actualmente es director del Planetario Hayden en el Centro Rose para la Tierra y el Espacio e investigador asociado en el Departamento de Astrofísica del Museo Americano de Historia Natural. Desde el año 2006 es el conductor del programa de televisión de corte educativo científico NOVA ScienceNOW en el canal PBS.

And if you want to know the Scale of the Universe, watch this interactive animation of the universe made by Cary and Michael Huang. Drag the scroll bar to zoom in and out. Click on objects to learn more. It takes a bit to load, but it's great.

Y si quieres saber la Escala del universo, mira la animación interactiva del universo hecha por Cary y Michael Huang. Arrastre la barra de desplazamiento para acercar y alejar. Haga clic en los objetos para obtener más información. Tarda un poco en cargar pero es genial.