The Blind Astronomer Gazing into the Universe

Posted on December 8, 2016 by Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

For many, there is no feeling quite as powerful as gazing up at the night sky on a clear night. The feeling of letting yourself fall into the expanse of space is truly awe inspiring.

Seeing those pinpricks of light, each one its own celestial body, is the closest most of us will ever get to the stars.

Image: The milky way and night sky looking up through a forest
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Astronomer Tim Doucette sees the night sky a little differently than most of us. He is legally blind, and while by day his world is a light filled blur, at night his unique vision gives him the ability to vividly see the night sky.

Great Big Story brings us his remarkable story of Nova Scotia’s blind astronomer…

A sense of connection…

Let Tim’s parting words resonate with you a little longer.

“It makes you realize that all of your problems… it really just doesn’t matter. You realize that you are a part of this universe.”

How very true.

To understand the expanse of the universe is to embrace our connection to it and, in particular, our connection to each other. In all of that vastness, we are the only Earth, the only homo sapiens. If we truly understand our unique place within it all, our seemingly incessant need for games of “them” versus “us” becomes ridiculous.

If we give ourselves some perspective, our similarities shine through. Though it may be a hard pill to swallow, in the greater scheme of things, we are all far more similar than we may care to admit.

What if we took comfort in our connectedness, both to the universe and each other? What discoveries, what humanity would we find? These aren’t easy questions, but as we venture further into the stars they are certainly questions we will have to answer.

Stay beautiful & keep laughing!

-Liesl

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