A few days ago, NASA published an update on the Great Red Spot, a storm that is seen as a speck over Jupiter.
The Hubble Space Telescope relayed images indicating that the storm is now about 9,800 miles long — “big enough to swallow Earth”, NASA tells us, and based on “telescopic observations dating back to 1930”, it is shrinking. Some believe that the storm has been in existence for over 300 years!
In an October 2019 Scientific American piece titled “How Mere Humans Manage to Comprehend the Vastness of the Universe”, Sophie Evans quotes the Princeton University Astronomer Robert Lupton: “We are “blinded by being human when we look at something larger than the human experience.”
In “Cosmos: Possible Worlds”, the sequel to Carl Sagan’s “Cosmos”, his companion Ann Druyan writes that “The vastness of the universe — and love, the thing that makes the vastness bearable — is out of reach to the arrogant.” She goes on: “If the series of pilgrimages toward understanding our actual circumstances in the universe, the origin of life, and the laws of nature are not spiritual quests, then I don’t know what could be.”