The Most Astounding Fact About Universe

Neil DeGrasse Tyson on the most astounding fact in the universe

Listen to Tyson’s full answer to Time’s question, edited with images taken by the Hubble space telescope and other images of the solar system, by videographer Max Schlickenmeyer.

Time’s interview with Tyson has been watched hundreds of thousands of times. Like British physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Tyson has a wide audience in large part because he knows how to make science accessible.

The Most Astounding Fact About Universe

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, possibly the world’s favorite astrophysicist. With Tyson’s reappearance has come the resurfacing of some pretty important life questions the space expert once answered, like this one from Time Magazine in 2008:

What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?

Tyson:

“When I look up at the night sky, and I know that, yes, 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. When I reflect on that fact, I look up — many people feel small, ’cause they’re small and the Universe is big, but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars.”

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