“暗淡蓝点”的 价值

墨尔本—19世纪的德国哲学家伊曼努尔·康德说过:“有两种东西,我对它们的思考越是深沉和持久,它们在我心灵中唤起的惊奇和敬畏就会日新月异,不断增长,这就是我头上的星空和心中的道德定律。”

 今年,是伽利略首次使用望远镜的400周年,同时被宣布为“国际天文年”。看来正是让我们温故康德老先生“惊奇和敬畏”这句话的恰当时候。在这个富有纪念意义的时刻——让世界公民重新定位自己在宇宙中的位置——让我们可以避开困扰我们当前生活中的事情,例如猪流感和金融危机,将我们的眼光投向星空。

那么,在天文学家眼中的“头顶的星空”是什么呢?

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