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    35 Pictures That Will Make You Stop And Reevaluate Your Entire Existence

    My brain hurts.

    1. This is the Earth! This is where you live.

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


    3. 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, nice and neatly.

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

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

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    7. While I have you here, this is how many Earths can fit across the diameter of Jupiter:


    8. And just for good measure, remember lovable little Pluto? We know what it looks like now!

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    9. This right here is a comet. We landed a probe on one of those bad boys not too long ago. Here's what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

    Scale representation of comet 67P compared to LA by Matt Wang

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

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    11. See that little black dot? That's Mercury:

    My image of the Mercury transit this morning [OC] from Astronomy

    12. But let's talk about Earth. Here's Earth from the moon:


    13. Here's Earth from Mars:


    14. Here's Mars from Earth:

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    15. Here's Earth from just behind Saturn's rings:

    NASA/JPL-Caltech/Space Science Institute

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


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

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

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    The sun doesn't even fit in the image.

    18. Here's that same sun from the surface of Mars:

    NASA/JPL-Caltech/Texas A&M/Cornell

    19. And here's the size of a black hole compared to our solar system:

    S5 0014+81, The largest known supermassive black hole compared to our solar system. from space

    20. 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:

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    21. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than our little puny sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is compared to VY Canis Majoris, one of the biggest stars we know of:

    Oona Räisänen

    Our sun probably gets its lunch money stolen.

    22. Here's another look. The biggest star we have observed, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

    Twitter: @antonioparis

    23. But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrank 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:

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

    NASA / JPL-Caltech / R. Hurt

    By the way, the Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across:

    NASA / JPL-Caltech / R. Hurt

    25. 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 all that could be inside there.

    26. But let's think bigger. There are thousands and thousands of galaxies in this picture taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

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    27. 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.

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    Some of the other galaxies are thought to have formed only a few hundred million years AFTER the Big Bang.

    28. 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.


    This is just for demonstration purposes, not an actual shot zoomed in.

    So just remember...

    This is your home.

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

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

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    31. And farther...

    Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via

    32. Keep going...

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    33. Just a little bit farther...

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    34. Almost there...

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    35. 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.

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