When you look at the sky, it’s like a connection to the infinite. Everything looks so tantalizingly close, and when you know how far away those things are, you know that you could never get to them in your lifetime.
I like looking at the galaxies, imagining something or someone being in those galaxies hundreds of million of years from now seeing you millions of years after you’ve gone. It’s things like that blows my mind.
When I think of science, I don’t just think about discovering facts or observing. I think about it as more of a philosophy and questioning everything and examining everything. It takes diligence, not just accepting what you’re being told, but carefully examining all angles of any issue. That’s the great thing about science. It doesn’t start with a conclusion and then try to fit facts in. It takes the facts and you work towards a conclusion.
Robert Smith, former Minnesota Vikings running back and science and astronomy enthusiast. His quotes excerpted from the PBS show, “Seeing in the Dark”, that aired June 2008