The Unraveling of the Universe

The Unraveling of the Universe

Connor Green-Bertalott, Reporter


The universe; existing since the beginning of time technically, has evolved and turned into what it is today through the human eye. The universe was born 13.8 billion years ago, after the sudden phenomena, The Big Bang. The Big Bang was where matter, light, and carbon all compiled into which sent furious beams of light and matter across the blackness of what once was before, creating stars, gas, and other forms of matter. Over time, these things began to combine making several other gasses, masses, and galaxies. The galaxy in which we live is 13.5 billion years old, which makes it almost as old as the universe itself. With the Milky Way being created, the first type of life in which we know of can begin to exist.


Our solar system, the home of our planets, the sun, and the only bit of life in which we know of in the universe. The solar system was formed around 4.5 billion years ago, and also was born out of the formation of our sun’s gravitational pull, and the sun itself. Our sun is about 4.6 billion years old; just 100 million years older than the solar system. With the gravity of the sun, masses such as gas, rock and comets all came hurtling towards the center. When the gas giants formed, the rocky planets became existent, leading to the rest of our solar system becoming what it still is today. It would take some time after the cooling of our planet Earth in which water would appear, and the evolution of our atmosphere creating gasses for life to thrive.


After everything began to sit still on Earth, the first sign of life appeared in the water. Small bacterial beings, eventually evolving to be complex systems in which DNA became a part of the life system. With time jumping forward, life began to be highly complex, consisting of billions of cells and working systems to live. Over time, creatures began emerging onto land, and therefore evolving even more. Life was becoming more and more diverse and more interesting, and eventually  it became almost intelligent. After time, beings became more intelligent and large. During the time of dinosaurs, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, etc all existed on the same planet. Eventually by an act of nature, an asteroid hit, killing several billion types of species of creatures. Over 75% of all life went extinct after the asteroid impact, leading to the evolution of..


The evolution of Man is controversial. We can say that it happened from a primate getting on its hind legs and using them to walk around, while using their hands to eat, craft, hunt, build, etc. If you’re religious, it would come to what you believe, and I won’t get into religion just because it can be even more controversial. But, the evolution of mammals happened immediately after the previous asteroid impact, killing most beings on the planet. With the rise of mammals, we move into a new era of species and with an ice age becoming more and more possible, early humans must evolve into what is cavemen. 

Cavemen were a special type of human because they weren’t exactly the definition of a human. They are closely related to us today, but they were an earlier, more primitive species of man, which did end up surviving through the ice age. From then on, humans evolved even more, building civilizations, new technology, and the population of humans drastically increased. We basically had taken over the planet, and colonized the entire world. Government, society, war, and everything you can ever imagine happened during the short period in which we’ve existed. Finally in 1969, we achieved our first visit to something outside of our own atmosphere. This marked the beginning in which humanity became obsessed with the cosmos.


Over the years in which NASA and other space agencies have existed, we have studied what is in the black abyss named space. We have studied the universe, which possibly hasn’t received much attention from life as far as we know. With extensive knowledge we’ve uncovered more secrets about the universe than our own oceans. With plans to explore the cosmos within humanity’s existence, it’s very exciting what the possibilities are. We humans alone have discovered the age of our Earth, Sun, Moon, and even the universe itself, and we keep on searching for clues towards the next big discovery in the outer banks of our reality. The universe is huge, and when I say huge, I mean, so large it’s impossible to comprehend with human knowledge. The more we know, the more we become a higher society, but at a cost of what could possibly lead to extinction of the human race. Questions still remain though; Were we meant to exist? Why do we exist? Is the Multiverse Theory correct? Unanswered, and maybe forever unanswered, but we will continue as a species until everything comes to an end.