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A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind



November 18th, 2014 by in Science with 326 Views

When you see how Earth actually fits into the rest of the galaxy, you will be surprised how insignificant our small planet really is.

 

This is the Earth! This is where you live.

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the Solar System.

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

Here’s you from the Moon:

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

Here’s you from Mars:

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

And here’s you from just beyond Neptune, four billion miles away.

To paraphrase Carl Sagan, everyone and everything you have ever known exists on that little speck.

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

The sun doesn’t even fit in the image.

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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:

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

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

A View of the Universe That Will Blow Your Mind

 

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