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Hey. I'm Viviana, 24, Latina and I live in Miami. I like feminism, art, astronomy, Latin@ and immigration rights, learning new things and watching cartoons.

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What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?

Neil deGrasse Tyson, PhD: The most astounding fact… is the knowledge that the atoms that comprise life on Earth, the atoms that make up the human body, are traceable to the crucibles that cooked light elements into heavy elements in their core under extreme temperatures and pressures. These stars, the high mass ones among them went unstable in their later years they collapsed and then exploded scattering their enriched guts across the galaxy. Guts made of carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and all the fundamental ingredients of life itself. These ingredients become part of gas cloud that condense, collapse, form the next generation of solar systems… stars with orbiting planets, and those planets now have the ingredients for life itself.

So that when I look up at the night sky and I know that yes, we are part of this universe, we are in this universe, but perhaps more important than both of those facts is that the universe is in us.

When I reflect on that fact, I look up – many people feel small because they’re small and the universe is big – but I feel big, because my atoms came from those stars. There’s a level of connectivity. That’s really what you want in life, you want to feel connected, you want to feel relevant, you want to feel like a participant in the goings-on of activities and events around you. That’s precisely what we are, just by being alive…

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Dear Scarlet,

Today we made your thank you cards for your birthday things. We talked a lot about being grateful and what it means to say thanks. Appropriately, we read Dallas Clayton’s An Awesome Book of Thanks before bed tonight. There’s a part at the beginning of the book that talks about how there didn’t use to be anything at all. Then the questions started coming.

You certainly know that your father and I are not religious people. You know that there are other people in the world who are and that’s fine too, as long as we can all respect each other. But because we don’t believe the earth was created by a man in the sky in 7 days and 7 nights, this question is a little bit more tricky.

After we got done reading the book, I pulled out my phone and we laid in bed together and watched this video. It’s Neil deGrasse Tyson talking about the universe. He talks about how stars exploded and we are made from those same atoms. I told you about how your middle name is Aurora after the aurora borealis.

We talked about being made of star stuff and how that connects all of us and sort of puts us all on the same plain. You have this turtle who is cleverly named Turtley. We turn it on at night, it’s shell has a light in it that shines stars all over the ceiling in your treehouse bedroom. We always say that it protects you. You looked at me and said, “Is that why Turtley protects me? Because those stars are made out of the same stuff as me?” I said yes.

I told you that we are all one, everything. And that’s why if we can’t get along or be nice to each other or to the environment things don’t work out for us. It’s like being at war with ourselves. I don’t know how much of it you can totally understand, but I feel like you get it. When I left your room and closed the door, I got halfway down the ladder to the loft and I heard you yell, “Goodnight, Star stuff!”  I yelled it back and kept going down.

Night, Star stuff. I love every tiny atom in your tiny body. As long as we’re giving thanks, I’m so grateful that the stars decided to explode and create you. 

"Star stuff" might be my new favorite pet name, forever.

I love you.

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