Cosmic Calendar

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. A project of mine this year has been to note the major events in the Cosmic Calendar, on the real calendar, on this blog!

December 1st on the Cosmic Calendar: Plants have by now oxygenated our atmosphere. Animals can now begin to evolve beyond anaerobic microorganisms.

Imagining the big bang as January first of this year — it’s only now — December 1st, that there is even an atmosphere we can breathe

Seeing 2012 drawing to a close and likening the year nearly gone by to the history of the universe, it’s just mind-blowing to think of all that happened before we could even exist. Before us, before the dinosaurs, before fish — before vertebrates.

Like… wow, man…

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