Prepare For An Existential Crisis (34 pics + 1 gif)

Posted in Interesting       26 Nov 2019       10353       6

This is the Earth! This is where you live.

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

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

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

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

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

While I have you here, this is what Saturn's rings would look like if they were around Earth:

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

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:

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


While we're at it, here's you from the moon:

Here's you from Mars:

Here's you from just behind Saturn's rings:

And here's you 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.


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

The sun doesn't even fit in the image.


And here's that same sun from the surface of Mars:

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:

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:

Our sun probably gets its lunch money stolen.


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

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:

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

But this is all you ever see:

(That's not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)


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.


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.

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.

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


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.

Let's talk black holes. I mean, we just saw what one looks like for the first time this past summer. Here's the size of a black hole compared with Earth's orbit, just to terrify you:

So if you're ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember...


This is your home.

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

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

And farther...

Keep going...

Just a little bit farther...

Almost there...

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.


Funny 6 month s ago
interesting how you very obviously moved the earth and moon farther apart in the second pic. what you say is true but you make it look like a lie because of that.
People 6 month s ago
I'm sure the flat earthers will deny all this...
Weird 6 month s ago
Shut your pie hole, Funny. sm_80
Indiana Jones 6 month s ago
Adam Shiff wants to bring in the universe to question it about Trumps involvement in black holes
Party 6 month s ago
"Adam Shiff wants to bring in the universe to question it about Trumps involvement in black holes"

If a black hole can get that corrupt a-hole out of the white house, bring it on. BTW the congressmans name is spelled Schiff.
Undetectable 5 month s ago
I just had a wank good



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