The Universe Trying to Understand Itself

The Carina Nebula. Credits: NASA, ESA, CSA, and STScI

In the wake of receiving the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, Vox’s Unexplainable re-aired their podcast episode, What’s the James Webb telescope searching for?.

I’d like to share that link today.

It is pretty incredible to imagine that we could answer brand new questions with this telescope, and we can craft questions we didn’t even know to ask. I also love what astronomer Caitlin Casey says in this episode,

“If you look back to the Big Bang, the dark ages, the cosmic dawn, the creation of stars, galaxies, planets – we are a consequence of this. We can’t see ourselves as being apart from this. We are of this. Humans, trying to understand the universe, is really the universe trying to understand itself.”

Renee Roederer

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