About a year and a half ago, I was introduced to Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey right before it was about to start airing. The first episode blew my mind. The next few months were spent getting all of my errands out of the way and dinner cooked on Sundays in time to turn the TV on and learn about the universe.
It always baffled me how few people at work had heard of, let alone watched, Cosmos. And when I told them about it, I was stunned still to see their complete lack of reaction.
Surely what we see with the naked eye is interesting enough to consume our everyday lives, but doesn’t it make sense to wonder what else is out there?
Last weekend, I accidentally binge-watched Cosmos on Netflix and remembered what made me fall in love with it in the first place. The accessible explanations. The animated storylines. The crazy simulated imagery of what is too large for us to even try to imagine.
I am no expert on astrophysics, nor will I ever get to a point where I can clearly and concisely explain its most interesting concepts to anyone. Hell, I still struggle with understanding spacetime. But watching Cosmos has caused me to seek out online resources such as Wait But Why’s article on aliens. It’s caused me to take time to reflect on how small everything we know really is in comparison to what’s out there. And it’s caused me to try and appreciate that which we’ve come to understand with our relatively limited resources.