Photography: American Natural History Museum
On a extremely rare (and rainy) day off, I went to the American Natural History Museum and had an amazing day in which I touched a 4 billion year old meteorite, spent time in the planetarium watching a Neil deGrasse Tyson hosted documentary on dark matter and spent some time in the Dinosaur Hall before heading back home. And while in watching the dark matter show, I thought of a particular Martin Amis quote that I’ve read countless times over the years:
“It might help if we knew where were going, and how fast.
The Earth revolves at half a kilometre per second.
The Earth orbits the sun at thirty kilometres per second.
The sun orbits the centre of the Milky Way at 300 kilometres per second.
The Milky Way is traveling in the general direction of Virgo at 250 kilometres per second.
Astronomically, everything is always getting further from everything else.
“It might help if we knew what we were made of, how we keep going, and what we will return to.
Everything before your eyes — the paper and the ink, these words, and your eyes themselves — was made in stars: in stars that explode when they die.
More proximately we are warmed and hatched and raised by a steady-state H-bomb, our yellow dwarf: a second-generation star on the main sequence.
When we die, our bodies will eventually go back where they came from: to a dying star, our own, five billion years from now, some time around the year 5,000,001,995.
It might help if we knew all this. it might help if we felt all this.
Absolutely unquestionably, the universe is high style.
And what are we?”
Also have I mentioned how awesome dinosaurs are? Check out a few photos from the afternoon below.