As Easterners emerge from the cold and snow, The Washington Post has asked some "big minds" to share their thoughts on the value of getting out into the natural world.
Nature helps us define our place in the cosmos, says Neil deGrasse Tyson, astrophysicist and director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City.
”When I look up in the universe, I know I’m small — but I’m also big," he says. "I’m big because I’m connected to the universe and the universe is connected to me. ... By the way, the atoms of our body are traceable to what stars do. And all you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.”