My first ever captured image of the Milky Way - our home galaxy. We are but passengers on an unassuming planet orbiting a faint dot of light like the countless we observe when we look up.
“Anyone who claims that we are unique and special is guilty of arrogance. My premise is cosmic modesty. Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, we know that there are more planets like Earth than there are grains of sand on all the shores of all the seas. Imagine a king who manages to seize control of a piece of another country in a horrific battle, and who then thinks of himself as a great, omnipotent ruler. And then imagine that he succeeds in seizing control of all the land, or of the entire world. It would be like an ant that has wrapped its feelers around one grain of sand on a vast seashore. It’s meaningless. I assume that we are not the only ants on the shore, that we are not alone.” - Avi Loeb, chairman of @harvard astronomy department