“The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of star stuff…”
“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return, and we can, because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.”
– Carl Sagan, Cosmos
You’ve no doubt heard some iteration of the famous quote by Carl Sagan, “We are made of star stuff.” And yet, despite it’s over-usage, I can’t help but be deeply affected each time. The idea that we are part of a bigger, collective universe is equal parts comforting, scary, and poignant.
And in aftermath of finals, the fear that comes with graduation, and the sadness of leaving friends behind – if only for a summer – it can be helpful to remember we are existing on the same, tiny blue dot in the solar system.
Carl Sagan’s Cosmos: A Personal Voyage was broadcasted in 1980 and gained recognition for its remarkable blend of the scientific and the spiritual.
This year a follow-up,Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey premiered in March presented by well-known astrophysicist, Neil deGrasse Tyson.
One of the producers, and prime supporters, of the show is Seth MacFarlane – yes, the same guy who created Family Guy.
The show breaks down complex astrophysics in a way that is simple and meaningful. The simplicity is not equivalent to that of a well-written textbook, but rather teaches the viewer about the universe and their place in it. The combination of science and poetry seems strange, but the results are beautiful and necessary. After all, what’s the point of life if you aren’t at least somewhat connected to the world around you? Cosmos will help you do more than just exist.
On a less intense and philosophical note, Cosmos can be pretty inspirational to your wardrobe, too. Galaxy patterns have been everywhere all year and can be a fun and unique look for a night out.
For a more bohemian, day-time look, try wearing a hi-low dress with a galaxy pattern paired with casual elements like a hat, sunglasses, or combat boots.
If galaxy patterns aren’t your thing, you can always channel your inner “star stuff” with glitter eyeshadow. Glitter and crystal makeup is huge at the more elaborate music festivals, such as Coachella and Lollapalooza, or EDM (Electronic Dance Music) concerts.
For your more casual night out, try a cat-eye and gold or silver glitter eyeshadow.
Cosmos airs on Sundays at 9/8c on Fox. There are only a couple episodes left, so start watching!
– Jenny Henderson