Linking together the histories of Henrietta Swan Leavitt, Edwin Hubble and Tracy K. Smith, poet and thinker MariaPopova crafts an astonishing story of how humanity came to see the edge of the observable universe. (Followed by an animated excerpt of "God, It's Full of Stars," by Tracy K. Smith)
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