The Most Astounding Fact - Neil deGrasse Tyson

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Published on Mar 2, 2012 by

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, "What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?" This is his answer.

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Reid Gower http://saganseries.com/
Carl Sagan http://www.hulu.com/cosmos
Neil deGrasse Tyson http://www.facebook.com/neiltyson
NASA http://www.nasa.gov/
...for their inspiration.

CREDITS
Narration: TIME Magazine's "10 Questions for Neil Degrasse Tyson"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiOwqDmacJo
Music: "To Build a Home" by the Cinematic Orchestra feat. Patrick Watson
http://www.cinematicorchestra.com/

Video (in order of appearance):
IMAX: Hubble 3D (Orion)
http://www.imax.com/hubble/
Yellowstone: Battle for Life (Tree & Waterfall)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00jcdml
Supernova to Crab Nebula
http://www.spacetelescope.org/videos/heic0515a/
BBC: Wonders of the Solar System (formation of the solar system)
http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00qyxfb
Accretion and First Eukaryotes from the 2011 film "Tree of Life" directed by Terrence Malick
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Accretion_(astrophysics)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Origin_of_life
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_evolutionary_history_of_life
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2009/05/ribonucleotides/
http://www.twowaysthroughlife.com/
BBC: Charles Darwin and the Tree of Life
http://www.wellcometreeoflife.org/
"Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia" by Ayrton Orio (Model: Xharon Kendelker)
http://vimeo.com/9505354
"Afghanistan - touch down in flight" by Augustin Pictures
http://vimeo.com/31426899
http://lukasugustin.de
"mongolia!" by wiissa
http://vimeo.com/27876709
http://wiissa.com

Excerpt from "Outside In", Copyright Stephen van Vuuren/SV2 Studios (Saturn's moon Mimas)
http://www.outsideinthemovie.com
IMAX: Hubble 3D (Inside Orion Nebula)
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orion_Nebula
Shuttle Launch from 1985 IMAX film "The Dream is Alive"
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dream_Is_Alive
"Earth -- Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over -- NASA, ISS" by Michael Konig
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ls9yJTphLxg
http://koenigm.com
Excerpt from "The Island" - La Palma Time Lapse Video by Christoph Malin
http://vimeo.com/27539860
http://christophmalin.com
Galaxy Map and Galaxy Formation by NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab
http://avl.ncsa.illinois.edu/
"Mars sunset" captured by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Spirit http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/imagegallery/image_feature_347.html

Edited by Max Schlickenmeyer

Neil goes on to say "For me, that is the most profound revelation of 20th century astrophysics and I look forward to what the 21st century will bring us, given the frontiers that are now unfolding."

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  • I immediately cried after the first time I saw this video. I used to get really depressed because it seemed like no one cared about me, that I wouldn't amount to anything in life, and that our actions and intentions didn't matter at all. I felt extremely small. This video made me ignore that feeling. I started enjoying the small things, started being grateful for just being alive, wanted to become more involved with this world, and stopped taking everything too seriously. I now feel.. important.

  • Neil deGrasse Tyson and The Cinematic Orchestra. A match made in The Big Bang.

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  • Ur stupid, that is all.

  • I believe a God Exists. I believe a being created the means for the creation of the universe, and all these events and chain reactions started with initial creation.

    And I am a full supporter of the knowledge science has to offer.

    Oh wait, I believe in a god, that means I must be dumb

  • Stupid....

  • gay

  • please make this available to mobile users!

  • The way you edited Neil deGrasse Tyson's words with the music and video is amazing man, you have a talent.

  • I could watch this a thousand times and it would still get to me. That was beautiful.

  • thank you!! ha!

  • Just as Neil DeGrasse Tyson said, "We are connected to the universe through our atoms. We are connected to the earth through the chemistry in our bodies. And we are connected to each other through our genetics."

    And that in itself is profoundly beautiful.

  • I've heard Neil deGrasse Tyson talk about this many times before but combining it with these images & music made it even more magical. Great job!

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