Have you ever asked yourself how big is the universe?
Take a look at the series of photos below as it really puts everything into perspective about how tiny we actually are compared to the bigger picture. Before we get started, here’s an interesting fact about planet Earth.
Earth’s water was initially trapped within the planet. Over time the Earth’s water was brought to the surface by the planet’s volcanic activity. So how big is the universe? scroll through these images and find out.
1. This is Mother Earth! This is where we live and breathe.
2. This is where you exist in your neighborhood, the Solar System.
3. Here’s the expansive space, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t seem too far, right?
4. GUESS AGAIN. Within that remoteness, you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neat.
5. Now, let’s talk about planets. That tiny green splotch is North America on Jupiter.
6. And here’s the magnitude of Earth (well, six Earths) compared to Saturn (Wowzers):
7. And just for solar kicks, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they surrounded our Earth:
8. This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of these spectacular objects. Here’s what one looks like compared to Los Angeles:
9. But then the Sun just blows us all away:
10. Here’s us from the Moon:
11. Here we are from Mars:
12. Here we are again but behind Saturn’s rings:
13. And there we are again from Neptune, four billion miles away.
14. OMG! Are we really that tiny compared to the Sun?!
15. The Sun from the surface of Mars:
16. Can we be any more amazed by these majestic space objects?! YES. Again, as Carl once contemplated, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:
17. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy Sun? Just look at how tiny and trivial our Sun is:
18. Here’s an added look. The chief star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times superior than our Sun:
19. But not an iota of those compares to the magnitude 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 (MIND BLOWN):
20. The Milky Way Galaxy is enormous. This is where you subsist inside there:
21. Unfortunately, this is all you ever see:
22. But even our galaxy is a tiny runt compared to a few others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:
23. THINK BIGGER. In JUST this image taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets (Their freaking own planet)!
24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is TEN BILLION light years away. When you look at this photograph, you are looking billions of years into an earlier period.
25. And just keep this in mind — that’s a representation of a very little, miniature part of the cosmos. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.
26. Black holes scare me: Here’s the size of a black hole compared to Earth’s orbit, just to alarm you:
So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early… just remember…
27. This is your home.
28. This is what happens when you zoom out from your home, to your solar system.
29. And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…
30. And farther…
31. Keep going…
32. Just a little bit farther…
33. Almost there…
34. 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.
I don’t know about you, but my head is spinning right now. Make sure to give this a share on Facebook before you go.