You may remember Cosmos, the 1980 PBS series by Carl Sagan. Maybe you also recall Sagan’s “Cosmic Calendar” from the series, where in order to put the immensely vast history of the universe into a comprehensible scale, he mapped it onto a calendar year. In other words, if the entire history of the universe were one year, with the big bang in the first second of midnight on January first, and the present day on the last second of December 31st, New Year’s Eve. In the final minutes of 2011 I made a ‘resolution’ — more of a New Year’s project really — to note the major events in the Cosmic Calendar, on the real calendar in blog form!
The history of the universe is so vast it’s been a very cushy project — this is only my second post in my Cosmic Calendar series!
During the month of May on the cosmic calendar, our galaxy the Milky Way forms. There is no Earth at this point, our sun does not even exist yet. That won’t happen until September.