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Metaphysical Astronomy

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Metaphysical Astronomy is a branch of spirituality and the philosophical study which examines the notion which one develops after studying, researching and experiencing the outer space, universe and cosmos as a whole that makes us more humble towards Earthlings and curiosity-driven towards the Unknown. [1][2][3][4] Metaphysical astronomy is also generally referred as Spiritual astronomy.[5][6][7][8][9]

Metaphysical Astronomy morphs with Metaphysics and space psychology at a point where is studies the fundamental behavioural and existential changes one goes while experiencing cosmos. Metaphysical Astronomy also studies the overview effect experienced by many astronauts who travel to space.

Etymology[edit]

The term "Metaphysical Astronomy" was coined by Indian astronomer Aakash Gautam in 2017. He described it as the side of astronomy where people, who studies or experience astronomy, feel humbled, full of curiosity, tender-heated and respectful towards the fellow humans and Earth as a whole.[10]

Realization[edit]

Michael Collins[edit]

"The thing that really surprised me was that it [Earth] projected an air of fragility. And why, I don’t know. I don’t know to this day. I had a feeling it’s tiny, it’s shiny, it’s beautiful, it’s home, and it’s fragile."

Carl Sagan[edit]

"It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”[11] - Carl Sagan, Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space

Richard Feynman[edit]

"Nobody ever figures out what life is all about, and it doesn’t matter. Explore the world. Nearly everything is really interesting if you go into it deeply enough."[12]

Scott Kelly[edit]

"I think it's a privilege to do it, and I think it changes people for the better, having that experience".[13]

Aakash Gautam[edit]

"We, humans, are the product of inconceivably good fortune along with right biological traits and cosmic conditions, at the right time. We are the first known organism to recognize that we are an organism living on a planet. We are the product of existence, an anomaly of life. We are only one to create, think and develop out of it all. Yet, it feels like we have no understanding of the very fabric of life. We are intellectually so advanced than any known organism yet we live least out of them. We are trapped in the game of known and unknown."[9]

Chris Hadfield[edit]

"And some people are much more emotive and it affects them very deeply; some people, they just have a better understanding of the world itself. Either way, it’s healthy. It’s a perspective of the world that allows us, hopefully, to make better collective, global decisions about what’s happening—less jealous, narrow, local decisions. And we need that type of thinking if we’re truly going to have this many people and this standard of living for the foreseeable future. We just need to see the world as one place, the fact that we’re all in this together, and that we are in the position to actually understand it and appreciate it and therefore make different decisions about it."[14]

Edgar Mitchell[edit]

“You develop an instant global consciousness, a people orientation, an intense dissatisfaction with the state of the world, and a compulsion to do something about it,” he told People in 1974. “From out there on the moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch’.”[15]

See also[edit]

  • Overview Effect
  • Spirituality

References[edit]

  1. "Brian May describes spiritual lift from astronomy | EarthSky.org". earthsky.org. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  2. Benhur (2019-09-22). "What can Astronomy teach us about humility?". Medium. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  3. Mullen 2011-01-20T23:04:08Z, Leslie. "Reverence for the Heavens: How Astronomy and Religion Intersect". Space.com. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  4. Mahon, Katharine (2017-02-23). "Embracing Mystery: Spiritual Connections in Faith and Astronomy". Daily Theology. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  5. "Astronomer Says Spiritual Phenomena Exist in Other Dimensions". www.theepochtimes.com. 2014-04-07. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  6. "Interview: An Astronomer Attempts to Explain Spirituality". Vision. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  7. Mullen 2011-01-20T23:04:08Z, Leslie. "Reverence for the Heavens: How Astronomy and Religion Intersect". Space.com. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  8. Mahon, Katharine (2017-02-23). "Embracing Mystery: Spiritual Connections in Faith and Astronomy". Daily Theology. Retrieved 2019-12-15.
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Planet Aakash School - Metaphysical Astronomy and Why explore the Unknown?". Planet Aakash School. Retrieved 2019-12-15. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  10. "What is Spiritual Astronomy and Why explore the Unknown?". Planet Aakash School. Retrieved 2019-12-14. Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  11. "A Pale Blue Dot". www.planetary.org. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  12. "Feynman's Delight – Robert F. Bruner". blogs.darden.virginia.edu. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  13. "NASA astronaut Scott Kelly explains how seeing planet Earth from space changed his perspective on life". finance.yahoo.com. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  14. "Why all politicians should travel to space (and some should come back)". Big Think. 2018-03-23. Retrieved 2019-12-14.
  15. Obscura, Cara Giaimo-Atlas. "50 Years Ago The First American Walked In Space, And Didn't Want To Stop". io9. Retrieved 2019-12-15.


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