It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood…

How is astronomy like biology? Every time we build better tools for observation (eg, space telescopes & next-generation sequencers), we learn about the incredible variety of things that we are missing and get to wildly speculate about what it all means (we also get to regularly confuse “wild speculation” for actual “knowledge”).

“Exoplanet Neighborhood” by Randall Munroe at xkcd (CC BY-NC 2.5)

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