The Case for Dancing Astrophysics - Facts So Romantic

The Case for Dancing Astrophysics - Facts So Romantic

Cosmology is the story of the fundamental particles, forces, and energies that shape and govern our universe. And that story is one of rhythm and motion.Screengrab via Paul M. Sutter / YouTube

For millennia, cosmological and religious systems of thought were intertwined—and usually indistinguishable. European artwork of, say, the arrangements of planets and stars often went hand-in-hand with theological guides, and not a little bit of moralizing. But then Copernicus, Brahe, Kepler, and Galileo came along, and this connection fell apart. The result is a modern cosmological sense that is properly scientific, rooted in data and mathematics—but relatively inaccessible to non-experts.

What do we do when confronted with deep, profound, and enigmatic mysteries that defy our common sense?  We do art. And what is the ideal art to communicate the concepts of cosmology? It isn’t placed on a canvas, but a dance stage. Cosmology is the story of the fundamental particles, forces, and energies that shape and govern our universe. And that story is one of rhythm and motion.

In those rare moments, the audience got to feel what it’s like for two galaxies to collide.

Look at images of colliding galaxies, each home to hundreds of billions of individual stars. Their…
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