26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

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1. This is where you live. Earth.

This is the Earth! This is where you live.

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov

2. This is our planetary neighborhood. Not to scale of course.

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

3. This is the distance between the Earth and the moon, to scale. Not too far right?

Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it?

4. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system!

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

PerplexingPotato / Via reddit.com

5. That little green spot is North America on the planet Jupiter.

But let's talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.

NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

6. Here’s the size of Earth compared to Saturn:

And here's the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:

NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

7. And just for funzies, here’s what Earth would look like if it had rings like Saturn.

And just for good measure, here's what Saturn's rings would look like if they were around Earth:

Ron Miller / Via io9.com

8. This is a comet compared to the size of Los Angeles.

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here's what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

Matt Wang / Via mentalfloss.com

9. Then there’s our sun…

But that's nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

10. Here’s a view of us from the moon:

Here's you from the moon:

NASA

11. From Mars…

Here's you from Mars:

NASA

12. Here’s us from just behind Saturn’s rings:

Here's you from just behind Saturn's rings:

NASA

13. And from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.

And here's you from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.

NASA

14. Just a little reminder about the size of Earth vs the Sun.
Whoa…

Let's step back a bit. Here's the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

15. And here’s that same Sun from the surface of Mars:

And here's that same Sun from the surface of Mars:

NASA

16. There are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.

But that's nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

17. There are stars much, much bigger than our little sun. Just look at how tiny it is next this red hypergiant star located in the constellation Canis Majoris. 

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

19. Nothing compares to the size of a galaxy. If you shrunk the Sun down to the size of a white blood cell, the Milky Way Galaxy (scaled) would be the size of the USA

But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrunk the Sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way Galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

20. That is because the Milky Way Galaxy is HUGE. This is where we are in it all.

That's because the Milky Way Galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

21. But the stars you see come from this small area.

But this is all you ever see:

(Not an actual picture of the Milky Way, used to get an idea)

22. Even our galaxy is small compared with some others. Here’s the Milky Way next to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

But even our galaxy is a little runt compared with some others. Here's the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

Just THINK about what all could exist in there.

23. In this picture alone taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing MILLIONS of stars, each with their own planets.

But let's think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

24. Here’s UDF 423, one of the galaxies pictured above. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away.

Here's one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

25. And just imagine— that picture is of a very small, small part of our
universe. A tiny fraction of the night sky.

And just keep this in mind — that's a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It's just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

26. If you think all that is intense, here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit.

And, you know, it's pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here's the size of a black hole compared with Earth's orbit, just to terrify you:

D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So when you feel you have lost your awe and excitement about life, and the little things are starting to bring you down just remember….

This is your home.

This is your home.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

And farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…

Keep going...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…

Just a little bit farther...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

Almost there...

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s us a tiny speck in an seemingly infinite universe of possibility.

And here it is. Here's everything in the observable universe, and here's your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Oh, by the way…. how many times did you use foul language while reading this? lol


Written by Dyani


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26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence