For many, there is no feeling quite as powerful as gazing out into the universe 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.

Tim Doucette, the blind astronomer, 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…

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Gazing out into the universe…

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.” ~Tim Doucette, The Blind Astronomer.

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.

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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.

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  1. “The Blind Astronomer of Nova Scotia.” YouTube. Great Big Story, 05 June 2016. Web. 30 Nov. 2016. <>.

Liesl Ulrich-Verderber

CEO of Ever Widening Circles, Founder of EWCed

Since 2015, Liesl has been a writer, editor, and is now the CEO at Ever Widening Circles. She is a life-long camera-toting traveler, a global story seeker, and an aspiring—but more often root-tripping—outdoor enthusiast. She can be found on Instagram @Liesl.UV