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Our longing for cosmic truth and poetic beauty

7:19 minutes · TEDWomen 2021

Linking together the histories of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Edwin Hubble and Tracy K. Smith, poet and thinker Maria Popova crafts an astonishing story of how humanity came to see the edge of the observable universe. (Followed by an animated excerpt of "My God, It's Full of Stars," by Tracy K. Smith)

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The lights and sounds of the universe

The lights and sounds of the universe

Find out what sound a black hole makes, if (possible) alien life is blocking starlight and other astounding things happening in our galaxy -- and beyond. Watch »

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