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Supernovas & Other Big Bangs: Where Your Body Comes From

“Some part of our being knows this is where we came from. We long to return. And we can. Because the cosmos is also within us. We’re made of star stuff. We are a way for the cosmos to know itself.” 
—Carl Sagan, Cosmos

That Carl Sagan quote is among one of his most famous sayings, and for good reason: it expresses a joy, a connection between us and the cosmos that gives his famous television series its title. It’s (dare I say) a fact so romantic that Neil DeGrasse Tyson called it the most astounding piece of knowledge he would share about the universe.

It’s a stirring thought: nearly every atom of our bodies passed through a star, and many were forged by stars as well. That’s also true for the rocks under our feet, the gases filling our lightbulbs

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