“Where did we come from?”
Good question! This is one of the so-called "Big Questions" that adults have wondered about since prehistoric times.
The answer will be explained over many pages. Use the numbers at the top of the page to move from one page to the next. You can go back and forth to review pages if you wish.
Carl Sagan was the world's most famous astronomer.
His outstanding ability to explain allowed us to better understand the cosmos in which we live.
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M Y P L A C E I N T H E U N I V E R S E
Star light, star bright,
First star I see tonight,
Wish I may and wish I might
Have the wish I wish tonight.
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and made a wish on a star?
If you picked the first bright star you saw, chances are good that you wished on the planet Venus, and not a star at all.
Many of the stars you see in the night sky are part of our own galaxy, the Milky Way, but many others are stars and galaxies light years away.
Beginning with the earliest cave dwellers, humans have looked up at the night sky and wondered what is out there. People everywhere have wondered “Where did we come from?”
Keep reading, and soon you will know many things about the Universe and you will begin to understand the answer to this question.