So, on the discussion forum, Jesse mentioned that studying the early universe can kind of put history into perspective by showing that in the grand scheme of things, these events did not happen not so long ago. So I thought I would take a moment to share this with you, it blew my mind when I first saw it. This image is Carl Sagan’s “Cosmic Calendar”. The idea behind it is the thought of what it would look like if the entire history of the universe were condensed into a single calendar year. Meaning, the beginning of the year would be the beginning of the universe— and the end of the year would be this moment, right now. This picture just shows what would have occurred in the last month of that year.
Basically, if the universe were formed on January 1st, all of human life would have occurred only in the final minutes of December 31st. The pyramids would have been invented only ten seconds ago. In the first 11 months of the year, intelligent life as we know it would have been unheard of. Looking at the history of the universe in this way kind of gives you a new perspective on how small we are and how short our history is in comparison to how long everything else has been existing and changing along the way.