1. This is where you live. Earth.
2. This is our planetary neighborhood. Not to scale of course.
3. This is the distance between the Earth and the moon, to scale. Not too far right?
4. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system!
5. That little green spot is North America on the planet Jupiter.
6. Here’s the size of Earth compared to Saturn:
7. And just for funzies, here’s what Earth would look like if it had rings like Saturn.
8. This is a comet compared to the size of Los Angeles.
9. Then there’s our sun…
10. Here’s a view of us from the moon:
11. From Mars…
12. Here’s us from just behind Saturn’s rings:
13. And from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.
14. Just a little reminder about the size of Earth vs the Sun.
15. And here’s that same Sun from the surface of Mars:
16. 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.
18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:
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
20. That is because the Milky Way Galaxy is HUGE. This is where we are in it all.
21. But the stars you see come from this small area.
(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:
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.
24. Here’s UDF 423, one of the galaxies pictured above. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away.
25. And just imagine— that picture is of a very small, small part of our
universe. A tiny 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.
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 what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.
And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…
Just a little bit farther…
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.
Oh, by the way…. how many times did you use foul language while reading this? lol