26 Pictures Of The Universe That Put Our Existence Into Perspective

Feb 27, 2015

Maybe you're cursing out the chilly weather. Maybe you're leaving snarky reviews of a place you visited that wasn't up to snuff. It's easy to get ho-hum about the Earth. I mean, it's awe-inspiring when you're at the beach or the Grand Canyon, but it's easy to take the Earth for granted in your day-to-day life. Check out this gallery of inspiring universe photos.

1. This crazy blue marble.


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2. Meet the neighbors.


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3. The distance, to scale, between the earth and the moon. It doesn't look like all that much, does it?


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4. Nope. In that space, you could fit every planet in the solar system. Crazy, right?


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5. And keep in mind, we're the tiny planet. That green smudge is what North America would look like on Jupiter.


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6. You could fit six Earths in Saturn and still have room.


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7. Here's what Saturn's rings would look like if they were around Earth.


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8. We just landed a probe on a comet. Just for good measure, here's what it looks like, compared with Los Angeles.


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9. And to keep in mind how huge our sun is...


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10. The view from the moon.


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11. And the view from Mars.


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12. We're just a little blue dot from Saturn.


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13. And we are super unimpressive from Neptune.


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14. The view of the Earth against the sun is intense - the whole sun doesn't even fit in the photo.


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15. Here is how the sun looks from Mars. I have to say, our sunsets are prettier.


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16. Hard to wrap your mind around the fact that there are more stars in space than grains of sand on every beach on Earth.


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17. And our huge sun? It looks pretty wimpy in contrast to the other stars.


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18. Here is the VY Canis Majoris. It's a billion times bigger than our sun. Literally.


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19. And if you shrank the sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrank the Milky Way galaxy to the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States.


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20. Here's the "you are here" pin from the Milky Way.


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21. And this is as much as we can even see of it.


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22. To top it off, the Milky Way is a relatively small galaxy compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth.


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23. Just in this Hubble telescope photo, there are thousands of galaxies, each containing planets and millions of stars.


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24. Here's the UDF 423 galaxy, 10 billion light years away from Earth. You are looking billions of years into the past in this photo.


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25. And it's just a small fraction of the night sky.


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26. And to keep it creepy, here's the Earth's orbit compared to a black hole.


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27. So it puts your struggles in perspective. This is your home.


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28. Not so big anymore, huh?


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29. Beautiful night in the neighborhood.


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30. Even farther out.


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31. And the cluster of other galaxies.


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32. Zooming out to the Virgo Supercluster.


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33. And even more.


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34. Here we are. The observable universe.


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Credit: BuzzFeed

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