Hakuna Matata, Folks! (28 pics + 7 gifs)

If there's something that bothers you, think about it...

 

So, this is you

This is you from about 30,000 feet. Cruising altitude

This is you from 100,000 feet

Someone jumped out of a balloon from this height, back in 1960

This is you from about 200 miles, or more than 20 times the altitude of the highest human jump. This is where the ISS lives

The first man to reach this height, Yuri Gagarin, did it in this tiny sphere

Actually this dog did it first

She died though

Now, this is the Earth from the moon, about 230,000 miles away

The farthest a human has ever been from home is 248,655 miles, when the Apollo 13 spacecraft made its risky trip around the dark side of the moon

Tom knows

And this is Earth from Mars, which is over 30 million miles away. This is the next place humans will go, in theory.

The sun looks a lot smaller from there

But during the day, it looks pretty much just like home

Anyway, here is the Earth from roughly where Saturn is. See it?

Eh, we're getting pretty far away. Let's zoom in a little

Now let's keep going. This is what Earth looks like as you're leaving the solar system, 3.7 billion miles away. Pluto-ish area

Obviously 3.7 billion miles is really, really far. But you also have to consider that Earth is pretty tiny

Here's what Jupiter would look like from Earth if it were as close as the moon

Compared to the Sun, though, even Jupiter looks like a runt

Not that the Sun has anything to brag about

(we're just getting started)

But as massive as stars are, they're microscopic compared to galaxies they live in. This is our galaxy, the Milky Way

Oh, by the way, the closest galaxy to ours, which also has billions of stars, is going to slam into us eventually. Here's what NASA thinks it will look like from Earth

So yes, there are millions, billions, and sometimes trillions of stars in each galaxy. But how many galaxies are there? In 2003, NASA pointed the Hubble telescope at a minuscule dark patch in the night sky

They took hundreds of pictures over about three months, for over 11 days' worth of exposure time. They came back with this

Feeling small yet?

In that tiny little dark patch of sky were 10,000+ galaxies, many bigger than our own

These are the galaxies we've been able to map so far. It's estimated there are more than 150 billion in our observable universe, the size of which we're still unsure of

So, in conclusion, you are a speck on a dot on a mote on a speck. Which is terrifying. But also great! So whatever's bothering you?

12 comments

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  1. supernova
    coooooooool
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  2. Girl
    lol cool gifs
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  3. User201
    I can's sense these things... If yo would say, compare everything to my wife's ass... I would know, that's big !
    Lol... :-)
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  4. God is truth                    show commment
  5. Orlando
    Why don't you start with reading some english grammar books instead of a fairytale book?
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  6. Close
    Nice! We are so small :<
    @God is truth - your grammar sucks donkey balls
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  7. Something
    You can see the other galaxies right there!! How can you be so ignorant?
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  8. rikki_doxx
    #7 The dog died of thirst and starvation.
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  9. r151
    Actually, she (Laika) died a painful, lonely death from overheating. The temperature controls malfunctioned, and she died about 5-7 hours into the flight.
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  10. skeptic
    Yes, and while Russians sent the poor bitch to die lost in space, the Americans killed 10 astronauts without even taking off... Both cases, space missions are crap.
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  11. SuckaMC
    I know... what a stupid idea.... space travel... pssshhh..
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  12. jpegger
    LOL @ idiots trolled by "God is truth". He's (it's?) obviously mocking creationists by burning a straw man.
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