The Cosmology of Stardust

Billions of years ago, in the early ages of the Universe, the atoms that make up the molecules that make up your cells that make up your body didn’t exist. None of that came into being until after stars formed — gargantuan cauldrons of fire-soup that cooked up the iron, nitrogen, and oxygen on which you live today.

Stars made those atoms, then they exploded, blasting their bits out into space. Some of it went on to form a warm, sunny planet with water to splash around in, and a protective-yet-oxygenated atmosphere to breathe. Before long, some of this stardust jostled into a sufficiently complex pattern that it could reproduce. Then it learned to swim, see, run, fly, laugh, create.

The stars are creative. They made the world, and they made you. You are stardust, and you inherit your cosmic creativity from your Godparent Stars. The dazzling night sky shows your origins and your birthright.

Star-forming region NGC 2174, nasa.gov
Star-forming region NGC 2174, nasa.gov