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Pointing telescopes into the heavens is not merely an arbitrary practice used to study our surroundings. It is much more than that. Not only does it give us the ability to study the laws of physics that keep the Earth in rotation around the Sun (ultimately giving way to the development of multicellular life-forms), it also serves as a kind of time machine, allowing us to look back at  some of the very first celestial objects created after the dawn of time.

This enables us to trace the history of our universe in ways that previous peoples could only dream of.

If this history, the story of our Universe—from the earliest moments of the Big Bang to the formation of modern  galaxies—was compressed and told over the course of one calendar year, what would it look like?

Infographic: Illustrated Timeline of the Universe

Image Credit: Ethan/StartsWithABang

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