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You’re a ghost driving a meat coated skeleton made from stardust, what do you have to be scared of?
In the television series “Cosmos”, the famous astronomer and host of the show Carl Sagan stated in one episode: “We’re made of star stuff.” Apparently, the cosmos is also within us. The fact that humans contain carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen and other atoms of heavy elements makes us remnants of stars and massive explosions in the galaxies, according to astrophysicists.
Carbon and other elements present in the human body were produced originally in stars. In the event of a supernova explosion, large cloud of dust and gas disperse into space and find its way into our planet. Scientists believe that parts of the humans, animals, and most matter in planet Earth originate with that residual stardust from massive supernova explosions.
The book “With the Stars: How the Human Body is Connected to the Life Cycle of the Earth, the Planets, and the Stars” by astrophysicist Karel Schrijver and pathologist Iris Schrijver explains further the
interconnectedness of the cosmos and the human beings. A human body loses about 30,000 cells every minute and about once a year the entire external surface layer is replaced. Like the stars, our bodies are in a constant state of decay and regeneration.
Like the universe, the human body is maintained by coordinating systems consisting of miniscule parts. Neil deGrasse Tyson, the current host and narrator of “Cosmos” said, “There’s as many atoms in a single molecule of your DNA as there are stars in the typical galaxy. We are, each of us, a little universe.”