26 Pictures Will Make You Re-Evaluate Your Entire Existence

1. This is the Earth. This is where we live.

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2. And this is where we live in our neighborhood, the solar system.

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

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4. However, inside that distance every planet in our solar system can be fit, 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. And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around Earth:

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8. This right here is a comet. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

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9. But that’s nothing compared to our sun.

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10. Here’s us from the moon:

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11. Here’s us from Mars:

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 12. Here’s us from just behind Saturn’s rings:

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13. And here’s us from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles away.

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

14. Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. 14

15. And here’s that same sun from the surface of Mars:

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

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18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

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19. 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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20. That’s because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where we live inside there:

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21. But this is all we ever see: 21

22. 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:

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23. But let’s think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

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24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away. When we look at this picture, we 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.

25. That’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

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26. It’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit:

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Fabio Evagelista is a Brazilian writer.

Crossed Paths is the first book of the Myra-Hati trilogy, an epic adventure in a post-apocalyptic world, for the lovers of sci-fi / fantasy genre. This is the author’s first work published in America.

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