"we are, in the most profound sense, children of the cosmos. think of the sun’s heat on your upturned face on a cloudless summer’s day; think how dangerous it is to gaze at the sun directly. from 150 million kilometers away, we recognize its power. what would we feel on its seething self-luminous surface, or immersed in its heat of nuclear fire. the sun warms us and feeds us and permits us to see. it fecundated the earth. it is powerful beyond human experience. birds greet the sunrise with an audible ecstasy. even some one-celled organisms know to swim to the light. our ancestors worshiped the sun, and they were far from foolish. and yet the sun is an ordinary, even a mediocre star. if we must worship a power greater than ourselves, does it not make sense to revere the sun and stars? hidden within every astronomical investigation, sometimes so deeply buried that the researcher himself ...

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