What will happen to the Universe when all the stars die out?

This amazing video contains one of the best descriptions I've ever seen of the whole "we are stardust" thing.

It's not a new concept, but it's often hard to get your head around exactly how we ended up with particles of old stars inside us.

But in this collaboration between The Atlantic and Sound Visions Production's The Really Big Questions series, NASA astronomer Dr Michelle Thaller skillfully explains how every single atom in our body (and on the periodic table) was processed inside a star in the moment before its violent death. 

And that's a pretty damned beautiful thing.

As Thaller explains: "A single star will glow as brightly as an entire galaxy, as hundreds of billions of stars, in that moment of death. And that's what you are."

It's inspiring, and reminds you how lucky we are to be alive, especially considering the fact that all the stars will be gone when they burn through the hydrogen in the universe. 

"The stars as we know them will all die out in some trillions of years, and the Universe will be dark for the rest of time, whatever that means. But think about that, we're actually living in Eden right now..." says Thaller.

So feel special, kids, because at the end of the day: "We are dead stars looking back up at the sky."

Note: When I first wrote this post I ended it with "So feel humble, kids..." But then I remembered this Neil deGrasse Tyson quote and changed my mind: "Many people feel small because they're small and the universe is big. But I feel big. Because my atoms came from those stars."

Source: The Atlantic