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The Most Astounding Fact

“What’s the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?” The astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson answers.

0 – 5 | 2012 | Documentary | Mixed Footage | Science | USA

In an interview with Time, astrophysicist Neil Degrasse Tyson shares his personal and poetic perspective on the wonders of the Universe: “We are part of this universe; we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts, is that the universe is in us“.  This statement summaries the core of this short documentary by Max Schlickenmeyer, who used evocative images and A Cinematic Orchestra’s music to echo and intensify the scientist’s words.

Nature and the cosmos pass before our eyes, accompanied by a masterful description of the intensity of things that goes way beyond academic scientific discussion.Degrasse reflects on existence and on its deepest essence, on how to feel alive before the grand spectacle of the universe. After all, the most incredible feature of the cosmos is the atoms, so small and invisible. The matter of which we are made.

Images taken from the NASA archives, documentaries or films like Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life are edited together, as the astrophysicist’s words go by,  sounding more like a commentaire rather than a scientific report. The cosmos, the stars , the camera’s lenses are reflected in the eye of the beholder, just like the beauty of the universe that is within us.

Flavia Ferrucci

Flavia Ferrucci

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