The Big Picture Is Bigger Than You Think

I’m going to be a nerd for a minute. I love astronomy and so do Crash and Bang. Bang looked out of the window at the night sky just this evening and asked “Is that a daily planet?” “Yep. That’s Venus, buddy.” (We might watch a lot of Discovery Channel.) They love the night sky; the stars, the planets, the meteor showers, the Space Station. It inspires a sense of wonder.

To look at our planet Earth from the moon

earth from moon

7 billion person selfie

it can be entirely removed from view simply by holding up a thumb at an arm’s length. If we move to the next planet in line, Mars, Earth becomes nothing more than a spec of dust.

Earth from Mars

Earth is miniscule when compared to our very own sun. I dare you to compare the size of our sun with that of VY Canis Majoris, the largest known star. Earth vanishes entirely when we try to compare it with our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Now I dare you to compare the size of our Milky Way with other galaxies. If you want to check it out, go here. It shows Earth’s location starting with Earth and expanding outward to the observable universe.

Everyone you’ve ever heard of, everyone you’ve loved is right here on this insignificant stage of the universe. There are no borders from up there, yet there is fighting over whose land is whose. We are infinitesimally small on the scale of the universe. Look up into a star filled night sky and know that every star you see, is right here in our own galaxy – billions of them. Then remember there are billions of galaxies that dwarf our own. There are more stars in the universe than there are grains of sand on Earth.

Carl Sagan’s “Pale Blue Dot” is amazing. He expresses my sentiments exactly. I’ll allow him to take it from here.


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