You are hereHave you ever been lost in a mall? Or perhaps trying to find the right stop in a subway? Or lost in some giant theme park? If you have, you’ve probably come across one of the ubiquitous “You are here” signs.

And they help, right?

If you’ve lost your way, it’s helpful to know where you are so you can figure out where you want to go.

Over the past five hundred years, science has produced a number of astonishing “You are here” signposts for humanity, documenting our position in the universe, putting life in perspective.

In the 1500s, Copernicus struggled to make sense of the confusing motion of planets moving around Earth and, in a stroke of genius, realized there was a simple solution.

Copernicus realized the problem was one of biased perception, as soon as the Sun was placed at the center of the…

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