We’ve all learned in science class how tiny Earth is in comparison to the vast, infinite universe. When you consider just how big the universe is, the fact that you can’t find your phone charger suddenly becomes a lot less important.
These 30 pictures, however, will make you appreciate even more just how tiny our planet really is. It’s safe to say you’ll never look at the night sky the same way again.
1. This is our home, planet Earth. Have you ever stopped to consider the fact that literally every human that has ever lived has lived here?
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2. Our solar system can also be called “our local neighborhood.”
3. This is the scale distance between the Earth and the moon. It’s actually not as far as it looks.
4. You can squeeze every other planet within our solar system into that space.
5. Some of those planets are enormous. That green speck is what North America would look like on Jupiter.
COMMENTS 1. This is the Earth – where every single human has ever lived. This is the Earth! This is where you live. NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov 2. And this is our local neighborhood, the solar system. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system. Via foxnews.com 3. Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. It looks far, but is it? Here's the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn't look too far, does it? 4. Nope. You can just about fit every planet in our solar system within that distance. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly. PerplexingPotato / Via reddit.com 5. But some of these planets are very large indeed. That green speck you see? That’s what North America would look like on Jupiter. But let's talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter. NASA / John Brady
6. The Earth isn’t so big when compared to Saturn, either.
7. This is what we’d see if Earth had rings like Saturn.
8. This is what Los Angeles looks like compared to an average size comet.
9. None of that compares to how small the Earth is in relation to the sun.
10. Here’s another comparison, just in case we’re not being clear.
11. If you were on the moon, this is what Earth would look like.
12. And this is what it would look like from Mars.
13. This is what Earth would look like from behind Saturn’s rings.
14. Carl Sagan said that “Everyone and everything you have ever known exists on that little speck.” The speck here is what Earth would look like from beyond Neptune, four billion miles away.
15. Sagan also famously said that there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth.
16. It stands to reason, then, that there are stars that are far bigger than our sun, which is quite small in comparison.
17. VY Canis Majoris, the biggest known star, is one billion times bigger than our sun!
18. If you decreased the size of our sun to the size of a white blood cell, and then reduced the size of the Milky Way galaxy using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States.
19. This is what the Milky Way looks like in comparison to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from the Earth. Twitter/smokeinpublic
20. There are thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets. This picture from the Hubble telescope demonstrates that.
21. 10 billion light years away is UDF 423. If you were to view this image through a telescope right now, here on Earth, it’s actually 10 billion years old.
22. Everything that we have seen in space only represents a small fraction of the universe.
23. We’re going to start with the earth, and then zoom out. Are you ready?
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24. From the Earth we get to the Solar System…
25. Going a little further out…
26. The Milky Way…
27. Local Galactic Group.Andrew Z Colvin
28. A supercluster.
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29. You can’t even see the Milky Way from way out here.
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30. And that’s it! The entire observable universe as we know it.
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Talk about humbling… I knew the universe was big, but that big?
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