Ценность бледно-голубой точки

Мельбурн. Немецкий философ восемнадцатого века Эммануил Кант писал: «Две вещи наполняют душу всегда новым и все более сильным удивлением и благоговением, чем чаще и продолжительнее мы размышляем о них, — это звездное небо над нами и моральный закон внутри нас».

В этом году исполняется 400 лет с тех пор, как Галилей первый раз использовал телескоп. Этот год также был провозглашен международным годом астрономии, в связи с чем представляется хорошая возможность поразмыслить над кантовским первым источником «благоговения и удивления». В действительности цель празднования - помощь гражданам мира «заново открыть свое место во вселенной» – сегодня имеет побочную выгоду в отвлечении нас от отвратительных вещей около нашего дома, таких как свиной грипп и глобальный финансовый кризис.

Так что же говорит нам астрономия о «звездном небе над нами»?

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