14. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun.
15. And here’s the sun from the surface of Mars:
16. As Carl Sagan once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:
17. Which means, the planets are much, much bigger than the little sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:
18. Here’s another look, the biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:
19. None of these compares to the size of a galaxy. 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:
20. The Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:
21. This is all you ever see:
22. Even our galaxy is a runt compared with some others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:
23. In this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.
24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured in 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.
25. Just keep in mind, this is a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.
26. It’s safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit:
27. This is your home.
28. Here is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.
29. And when you zoom out farther…
30. And farther…
31. Keep going…
32. Just a little bit farther…
33. Almost there…
34. Here is 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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