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This first image from the James Webb Space Telescope encompasses a portion of the night sky equal to the size of a grain of sand held at arms length. We’re looking at galaxies as they were some 4.6 billion years ago.

I had a whole big thing I was gonna write this morning about my own fascination with space, the trajectory of human exploration, anticipation of new discoveries, and how our curiosity drives us towards unrelenting betterment.

Instead, I just keep staring, awestruck, and repeating the first lines of Blake’s ‘Auguries of Innocence’ in my mind. Sometimes, you just need a poet to speak for you.

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand

And a Heaven in a Wild Flower

Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand

And Eternity in an hour…”

William Blake, Auguries of Innocence

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