Take a human journey through space and time to the beginning of the universe and you’ll learn a little about yourself, the world around you, and your true place in the bigger world you experience on a daily basis
Take a walk deep into the darkness of a cold, clear night far from the glare of interfering human light, and you can gaze upward at a night sky filled with stars-of-wonder, much like your first ancestors did for the first time thousands of years in the past. Lay the back of your head on the cold Earth for a few hours, stare deeply into the vastness of the night’s sky before your eyes and watch the stars parade across the sky as they have since the birth of spaceshipearth1. Your mind will be sharing common thoughts and feelings of awe, wonder, and smallness with the billions of humans that have witnessed this scene and thousands of generations of stargazing ancestors that walked the Earth before you.
Thousands of years after the time of these stargazing ancestors, modern science has managed to shine the light of discovery on many questions concerning the universe we live in and the true role humans play in the grand cosmic play that’s unfolding before your eyes. The relative age of the Earth has been determined in relation to the universe and scientists delve deeper into the mystery of how the seemingly simple starting ingredients of the cosmic womb can lead to a rich diversity of life on one dusty ball of water far from nowhere.
We embark on a cosmic journey of discovery from the beginning of time to the present day as we survey the contents of the night’s sky close to spaceship Earth, measure the scale and majesty of the universe in human terms, and the relative motion of the Earth as it travels through space and time to its ultimate destination. This cosmic journey will allow your mind to develop a larger picture of the universe around you as human scientists understand it and provide you with the knowledge and understanding that can serve as a framework upon which you can build your mental model of the world in which you live and determine your part in the grand cosmic play in which you find yourself.
We’ll voyage 13.77 billion light-years across a great expanse of seemingly endless spacetime to the moment of the birth of the universe to experience the first moments of creation. Witness the energy and chaos of the brightest, most powerful events in the cosmos, and learn more about the processes capable of producing enough energy to beam billions of light-years across the universe to one dusty little blue dot in the distance. All in an effort to uncover more clues to the birth of the universe and other lifeforms existing across the cosmos.
The story of how wandering bands of hunters and gatherers followed lights in the night sky to the stars in search of clues to their origins.
Welcome to the human journey to the beginning of space and time!
Editor and Chief
Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time
All the images, photographs and drawings on Journey to the Beginning of Space and Time were provided by NASA/ESA/JAXA.