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Mad Quickies 11.11 Stay Metal Edition

Onward to the edge! … After the jump

    The most recent and 12th offering from the Symphony of Science people.

    A musical celebration of the importance and inspirational qualities of space exploration (human and robotic), as well as a look at some of the amazing worlds in our solar system. Featuring Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, and Carolyn Porco.

    “Onward to the Edge”
    Materials used in this video are from :

    My Favorite Universe
    BBC Wonders of the Solar System
    Carolyn Porco TED talk
    NatGeo “Guide to the Planets”


    [Neil deGrasse Tyson]
    The act of moving onward means we pass these sign posts
    One of them was first leaving earth
    The next one is hanging out on the moon
    What’s next? The planets

    Onward to the edge
    We’re moving onward to the edge
    Here we are together
    This fragile little world.

    [Brian Cox]
    This is our sun
    Just another star in a sea of stars
    The heart of the solar system
    Just another star in a sea of stars.

    Mercury is the closest planet
    This tortured piece of rock has been stripped naked.

    The moon has a sky
    It has a horizon
    It’s another world.

    It’s got earth in the sky
    Just the way we have the moon in the sky.


    We’re not the only world to think about
    Worlds unnumbered
    We’re not the only world to think about
    Think about worlds unnumbered.

    [Carolyn Porco]
    There is a powerful recognition
    That stirs within us
    When we see our own little blue ocean planet
    In the skies of other worlds.

    The Saturn system
    Offers splendor beyond compare
    Because of its rings
    And very diverse moons.

    These are no longer abstractions
    These are worlds
    Maybe there’s life there
    They’ve changed how we think about Earth.

    “A mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam
    The pale blue dot” (Carl Sagan)


    The laws of nature create
    Vastly different worlds
    With the tiniest of changes.

    When I reach to the edge of the universe
    I do so knowing that along some paths of cosmic discovery
    There are times when, at least for now,
    One must be content to love the questions themselves.


Geologic Universe, vault-keeper. Sheer Brick Studio, principal. Empty Set, designer. Bethlehem Mounties, media. WDIY 88.1FM NPR station programmer. Skepchick.

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  1. Okay, so the sexy dance moves remind me of the Cab Calloway rotoscope from Betty Boop. Not sure I think of that as attractive, but not implausible (Cab was a pretty hot dancer).

    The UNATTRACTIVE dance, though? Nailed it, but far too limited. There is a world of unsexy dance moves being performed at weddings and bar mitzvahs and bachelor parties across this planet even as I type, and no one is out recording them! Isn’t this why we all have phones with cameras now?

    The amazing thing isn’t that men can dance in an unappealing manner. It’s the lack of self awareness that makes some of them think it’s acceptable in public.

    Anyway, have a happy Saturday with Raumpatrouille Orion!

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