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Horsehead nebula imaged by Hubble Space Telescope Image Credit – NASA, ESA, and the Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)

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Galaxy Guts by Jaron Bradley

An astrophysicist by the name of Neil DeGrasse Tyson gave a very inspirational and intellectual response answering the question that was asked of him during an interview: “What is the most astounding fact that you can share with us about the Universe”? I have a brief sound clip from the answer he gave which is far more extensive, but this quote can give you, the listener, a brief idea of what his response was about:

“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”.  “…because my atoms came from those stars”.  (Sound clip of Neil DeGrasse Tyson

What he means by his quote is that high mass stars that became unstable collapsed and then exploded, scattering their fundamental ingredients of life which Tyson deems, “Galaxy guts.” These enriched guts contain carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and many other fundamental elements of life. These elements are fundamental in the birth of solar systems as well as the planets which are included in these young and older solar systems. In theory, solar systems, planets, asteroids, and all forms of life share these, “Galaxy Guts,” because our atoms are indeed traceable. If that’s not a level of profound connectivity, I’m not sure what is. For more information feel free to Google search “Most Astounding Fact” or check out a few books written by Neil Degrasse Tyson.



Llorens, Ileana. “The Most Astounding Fact About The Universe, As Told By Neil DeGrasse Tyson (VIDEO).” The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 12 Mar. 2012. Web. 24 Mar. 2013

“Neil DeGrasse Tyson – The Most Astounding Fact.” LYBIO Is Helping Improve Reading Skills With Video To Scripted – Text, Words, Quotes And Lyrics. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Mar. 2013.