Introduction to the Vastness of the Cosmos

Hello! My name is Sean Kyle Reilly, a Junior who just transferred into Pennsylvania State University this fall.

Science is by far one of the most important fields of study we pursue as human beings. Although at times controversial, the studies of science give us much needed insight and truths on matters either well known or completely unknown as a whole. It is for this reason that I am taking this course – because I enjoy reading about the latest scientific findings and am excited to see where the fields of science take us over the course of my lifetime. And I also needed one more science class to graduate. But I do deeply enjoy the scientific process of uncovering the unknown and revisiting the previously known. I have, among many people, one man in particular to thank for my interest in science – Carl Sagan.

Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan, Renowned Astronomer and Astrophysicist who inspired many greats, such as Neil deGrasse Tyson.

“But Sean,” you may be asking, “If you enjoy science so much, why don’t you major in it?” Well Reader, When it comes to equations, I am not exactly the fastest at solving them, nor am I the best, and feel as though other people would do a substantially better job than me thriving in those fields. I am currently majoring in History and plan on going into the education field – where I feel as though my talents are much more useful as a whole being a critical and curious individual who loves to speak and share ideas.

With that said, I look forward to giving updates on this blog throughout the year, and will leave everyone with this great video to watch titled “Pale Blue Dot”. The Pale Blue Dot is a reference to a photo taken by the Voyager 1 Spacecraft when it was instructed, by Sagan,  to turn around and try to take a photo of the Earth as it flew in a part of space where we would be minutely visible – if at all. The result inspired Sagan to give multiple speeches, write a book titled Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, and was made reference to in Neil deGrasse Tyson’s revitalization of the Cosmos television series.

“The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.” – Carl Sagan

1 thought on “Introduction to the Vastness of the Cosmos

  1. Michael Perry Mandarino

    Hey Sean,
    I found this blog post very interesting, and I agree with much of what you said. Although I’m not the most passionate about science, I definitely agree with you when you said “Science is by far one of the most important fields of study we pursue as human beings”. While some find it boring, it is definitely still very important in our world. Good luck with everything, hope all is well for you.

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