Start the new year by realizing how insignificant we are
Size comparison of Earth to everything else in the Universe
Here’s Earth compared to Jupiter.
The largest storm on Jupiter — the Great Red Spot — is the size of the Earth. Jupiter is so large it can easily hold ~1300 Earths inside it.
Now here’s Jupiter and Earth compared to the Sun.
Some solar flares are larger than both Earth and Jupiter. Here’s a close up.
Damn, the Sun is monstrous!
Antares is so large that if the Sun were to be replaced by it, it would engulf Mars. But there are stars in the Universe that are even larger than Antares!
Here’s a comparison of the Sun with one of the largest known stars in the galaxy— VY Canis Majoris.
The Sun is not even visible at this scale. So much for being special. It doesn’t help that the Sun is just one of the 100 billion+ stars in our Milky Way Galaxy.
At the scale of a galaxy, all the stars — no matter how big or small — are mere little dots. Around these hundreds of billions of little dots lie probably just as many star-systems like our own.
And yet, even with so many stars with so many worlds around them, our galaxy is just one of the billions & billions of such galaxies in the observable universe.
Mind=blown? Wait till you see the largest known galaxy compared to our Milky Way.
Our galaxy is dwarfed by the colossal size of IC 1011. Such supermassive galaxies (for the lack of a stronger word) usually host supermassive black holes at their centers. Here’s one of the largest known black holes compared to our solar system.
If all of this doesn’t humble you, terrify you and leave you in awe & wonder, I don’t know what will.
Start the new year by realizing how insignificant we are.
I have written a poem on what is the purpose of the Universe and Life (hint: no purpose).
Does the Universe have a purpose? What is the purpose of Life?medium.com
If you want to know what Life needs to do to survive till the end of the Universe, here an interesting timeline.