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The Most Astounding Fact
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The Most Astounding Fact

Astrophysicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by Time Magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?” This is his answer.

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25th Jan 2024

Each month, we show you a short film that’s moved us beyond the day – meaningful stories that inspire us to pause, think and feel.

In 2008, TIME Magazine interviewed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, and asked him, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the universe?”

His response – that all the atoms that make up everything that we see and have seen for generations can be traced back to stars that exploded billions of years ago – is one that brings awe and a recognition of the sublime to its listeners.

Videographer Max Schlickenmeyer beautifully depicts a montage against the astrophysicist’s response.

“When I look up at the night sky I know that we are part of this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.”

Neil DeGrasse Tyson

Edited by Max Schlickenmeyer

Narration: TIME Magazine’s “10 Questions for Neil Degrasse Tyson”

Music: “To Build a Home” by the Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson