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    Whenever You Feel Overwhelmed, Remember This

    Compared to the universe, you're nothing more than a speck of dust, but you're the most complex speck of dust in existence.

    1. This big, wet rock is Earth. All your friends live there.

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    2. It's home to many natural wonders.

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    3. And some others made by man.

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    4. The moon orbits it at a distance of 238,900 miles.

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    5. We went there once.

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    6. Together they go around a hydrogen ball in a state of constant nuclear fusion, which breaks and combines atoms in increasingly complex elements.

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    It's called the Sun.

    7. A little further than the Sun is Mars, a planet completely inhabited by robots.

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    They're all ours.

    8. And beyond an asteroid belt is Jupiter, a gas giant that keeps us safe from meteorites.

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    It has weather and storms, just like Earth, but on a much bigger scale.

    9. Even farther, at the edge of the Solar System, there is a dwarf planet called Pluto.

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    10. Together, our Solar System occupies a small space in the Milky Way, our galaxy.

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    11. Beyond which lies impressive spectacles, like the Helix Nebula, 650 light years away.

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    Some people call it the "Eye of God."

    12. Nebulae result from the death of a star.

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    13. When stars run out of fuel, they explode, throwing whatever remains of them into space.

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    14. Sometimes, the shapes they take on can be very complicated.

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    15. And sometimes, if they are big, new stars can emerge from their remains.

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    16. But if they are really big, at least 25 times bigger than our Sun, they can become black holes.

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    17. And when a black hole becomes really massive, its gravitational force can direct an entire galaxy.

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    18. Endless massive black holes are making endless galaxies spin, with thousands of stars and countless bodies and planets.

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    19. Each one is special. Like this one, in the shape of a hat.

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    20. There are as many galaxies in the universe as there are grains of sand on a beach.

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    If not more.

    21. And when we look at the edge of the observable universe, billions of light years away, we can still see new galaxies being born.

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    22. As Stephen Hawking said, "We are just an advanced breed of monkeys, on a minor planet of a very average star."

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    "But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special."

    This post was translated from Spanish.

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