5 March 2020 – Next Club Meeting
An Astronomy Guest Speaker Series Event – a collaboration of the Astronomy Club of Asheville and UNC-Asheville
Thursday night, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. – In the Reuter Center’s Manheimer Room, located on the UNC Asheville campus. The meeting is free and open to everyone.
Feeling Small in a Big Cosmos – presented by Shane Larson, Ph.D., Northwestern University
The Universe is vast beyond anything humans can easily comprehend, and it is easy to become overwhelmed by the immensity, disheartened by how insignificant we seem. But in the vastness there is a glimmer of truth that we should hold onto and use to guide us: in all the vastness we are, so far as we currently know, the only beings capable of asking questions about our existence and our place within the Cosmos. We are the stars, come to life for the sole purpose of asking where we came from and why are we here? Such questions are deep and philosophical, but I like to think we are here because the Universe made us in an attempt to figure out why it is here. We are the Universe looking at itself. We are the Cosmos, made manifest.