Is The Earth A Mere Speck In The Universe? [Pic]

Submitted by: fancylad 7 years ago in Science

Want to feel insignificant? This chart will give you a taste of just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things.
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Female 36
blows my f***ing mind every time I look at this...
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Male 107
And then I take a look at my penis and think "meh, it could be worse"
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Female 95
no matter how many times i look at this i`m still baffled. this completely amazes me.... wow.
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Female 71
and God made all of this?
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Male 5,189
More plz. :D
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Male 54
Not only our human problems... Not even if our entire planet is at stake, not even our Sun, Solar system, or our home galaxy explodes... Nothing or no one would ever notice.
Even if a billion solar systems will cease to exist, and millions of intelligent races and civilizations would die in the process, still The Universe is too big for ANYONE to EVER understand it.
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Male 64
THIS IS INDEED MY FAV PIC OF ALL TIME ON I.A.B
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Male 93
TRIPPY
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Male 108
If we see some old poo now, i wonder what`s happening in those galaxies right now. Do they even exist anymore?
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Male 97
I keep watching this picture/facts, i`ts just fascinating!
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Male 78
when people stress out about shet just compare your problem to the universe. it shows how insignificant your problems really are.
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Male 725
There just HAS to be life other than humans. If there isn`t, then think of how lonely the human race is....
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Male 76
this kinda stuff makes u think. there jus HAS to be life out there
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Female 56
see that big pink one, V838 Monocirotis? That`s where Lady Gaga is from.
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Female 124
Wow thats so scary! We`re like BUGS! O___o
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Male 30
After seeing this, there almost HAS to be another planet/star with life on it.
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Male 464
Visser3: "What if i told you im not really from Guildford, im really from a planet in the vicinity of Beetlegeuse?"

I live in Guildford and we all know that quote!

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Female 291
Always have my towel ready =D
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Male 72
And thats why you always bring a towel.
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Male 5,194
Am I the only one who DOESN`T feel the need to compare myself to the size of the universe? Talk about anything astronomical, and right away people talk about how insignificant THEY feel. Well, DUH.
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Female 126
AtomicHzrd:

Same here. I actually got anxiety just looking at the pictures.

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Male 21
"What if I told you, Im not really from Guildford, Im really from a planet somewhere outside the vicinity of Beetlegeuse?"
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Male 269
Suddenly all my problems went away
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Male 345
So, where`s the Death Star?
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Female 155
I feel so little :-(
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Female 13
This just made me feel a little sick and paranoid. Not about aliens or anything, just the fact that humans are mear atoms compared to the rest of the universe. I`m going to have odd dreams tonight.
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Male 245
Did anyone else notice that Betelgeuse is just Arcturus turned 90 degrees? It`s not exactly the same I suppose, but the dark spots are basically identical.
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Male 411
It sucks that all of us will most likely not be around to see intergalactic travel, large scale at least. How terribly depressing.
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Female 26
I learnded something.
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Male 1,067
That`s all pretty darn amazing :O
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Male 619
almightybob1 - That`s why the other kids called him Ix.

Good to know there`s at least one more person keeping DNA alive.

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Male 157
This reminds me of that Monty Python song... lol http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=buqtdpuZx...
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Male 47
mind. BLOWN.
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Male 38
Pack up kids, were going to Binary Star VV Cephei.
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Male 494
My anus is huge, apparently.
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Male 784
Nightflight to..Uranus

dance people! :)

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Male 784
So for all you guys who think you have a big wiener - you don`t.
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Male 25,417
O the uranus jokes, never gonna stop!
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Female 297
I`m with you Jinxie! How dare they exclude Pluto, and who decided to make it a dwarf planet anyway? lol
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Male 177
question; if a planet that supports life is itself revolving round let`s say belteguese for instance are the inhabitants like 100 times as large as us? and think of the ants on that planet. woooo hmmm
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Female 2,927
pluto dammit! PLUTO!!
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Male 218
I always loved ur-anus
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Male 2,868
Them stars ain`t so big!
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Female 277
Seeing pictures like this helping us put things into perspective amaze me, but at the same time if you try to wrap your head around it, (vastness of galaxies, how old the stars are by the time we actually see them) your head starts to hurt
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Male 1,148
I think that when you see a picture like this, it really shows just how impossible it is for their NOT to be other life in the universe
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Male 4,290
[quote]wasn`t Ford Prefect from somewhere near the vicinity of Betelgeuse?[/quote]

Indeed he was. After the Great Collapsing Hrung Disaster on Betelgeuse Seven, Ford Prefect`s father (the sole survivor) moved to Betelgeuse Five, where he both fathered and uncled Ford. He named Ford in the ancient language of Betelgeuse Seven, and eventually died of shame (still a terminal disease in some parts of the galaxy) because Ford never learned to pronounce his original name.

Anyway...

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Male 1,347
Th full motion thing was posted a few years back, but it could use a repost.
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Male 50
thats awesome!!

wasn`t Ford Prefect from somewhere near the vicinity of Betelgeuse?

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Female 857
Can I have your liver then?
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Male 619
Nurcowski

The Total Perspective Vortex. I was thinking the same thing.

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Male 792
"The galaxy we observed defies physics theories?

How does THAT work?"

Umm...it might because we don`t know everything. Just because something defies our understanding of how it exists doesn`t mean that it can`t exist...it just means that our understanding of things is flawed.

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Male 97
That was impressive!
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Female 859
My mind just imploded.
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Male 516
Wait... Did I read that right?

The galaxy we observed defies physics theories?

How does THAT work?

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Male 41
i scroll down fast to see the planet namec... i was frustrated
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Male 2,510
pfft, I see this everyday without a telescope. (im that cool)
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Male 612
It would take you about 100,819,006,849,315 years to drive that far...Road trip anyone?
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Male 12,138
[quote]Great pic, but seriously, this is old as hell. Seriously.[/quote]

13 Billion years old, would you say?

And Lionhart, I hear ya. I took a photo of your ex last Christmas, and it`s still printing...

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Male 8,302
I see someone edited off the last picture in the series - my Ex`s butt.
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Male 388
Great pic, but seriously, this is old as hell. Seriously.
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Male 16
Not if I get to it first!

Muuuuuuuuhahahaha!

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Male 2,220
Somday it will all be MINE.

Bwahahaha...

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Male 59
It`s handy, I suppose, that someone broke the presentation down into screenshots, but it takes away from the awe of the full motion video presentation. Why not post them both and give the viewer the option?
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Male 3,296
i got this one as an email haha
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Male 894
wowwwwww. this just blew my mind. *rolls a joint*
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Male 264
Reminds me of the part from the Hitchhiker`s series with the machine that puts the universe into perspective for the person inside.

That is one frightening machine.

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Male 307
No way my anus is that big.
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Male 74
I never get tired of these
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Female 1,283
The best part about physics is this, in our perception of time, is that we see the past.

Kinda sucks not even being able to comprehend if there`s even an end XD

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Female 1,283
Excellent. Now I feel no remorse in reducing this mudball into ashes.

On a more serious note: That`s freakin` amazing O.O

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Male 101
where`s your god NOA
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Male 5
Physics just got it`s ass handed to itself, by itself. The universe never ceases to make me want to die.
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Male 1,263
Simply breathtaking...
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Male 467
This looks so awesome! Ahh, the wonder of nature, never ceases to amaze me.
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Male 1,195
TO HELL WITH YOUR PHYSICS!
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Male 90
That is simply humbling! I wonder whether I could see a spec of it ever? Like the movie "Mission to Mars" I am ready give away All I possess just feel it!
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Male 10,440
[quote] The Hubble Space Telescope is such a badass. [/quote]

Its also obsolete. We`ve got better telescopes in space now.

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Male 46
God...The Hubble Space Telescope is such a badass.
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Female 4,028
The universe never ceases to amaze me. It is, indeed, awesome. I could look at pictures of it all day.
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Male 264
Amazing thatwe can see something in the past even though its not in the past 0_o
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Male 91
And this is why we truly aren`t alone.
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Female 12
Deepseadiver, your post is full of WIN! ;)
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Female 364
Deepseadiver, that`s exactly what I was thinking.
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Male 3,369
..and that ladies and germs is why I know the bible is full of crap!
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Male 1,837
man. i`ve seen way too many of these insignificant messages. =(

at least this one blew my mind.

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Male 88
Space is big. Really big. You just won`t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it`s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that`s just peanuts to space.
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Male 2,306
We`d never be able to see an individual planet with a telescope lol.
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Male 999
my penis is about as big as everything in all space and matter combined.
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Female 165
and the tenga toppa gurren lagann is somewhere even bigger than that
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Female 36
...I feel sullied and unusual...
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Male 89
Ive been there, not so cool. the water sucks too
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Male 186
The Hubble Telescope is an absolutely amazing piece of technology.
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Male 7,933
Man after looking at that...my title of "Center of the Universe" just makes me even happier
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Male 203
Us = Nothing. So, according to that, if we had a telescope large enough to focus in on some planets in those galaxies, we could possibly see 13 billion year old life? That is epic...
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Male 52
Mind = blown
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Female 3,598
I like your thoughts on the subject, Loxen
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Male 782
Haha Pluto isn`t a planet anymore. What a loser.
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Male 2,868
The Universe is full of win.
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Male 2,737
And I was worried about getting a job.Sheesh.What does it matter now?
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Female 125
With a universe as big as this, can anyone really say that "Aliens exist" theory is stupid?
I can`t.
I just don`t believe they`re here.
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Male 2,148
I don`t feel smaller because of this. I have always thought of "existence", whether it`s only our universe or that plus anything outside it, as being infinite. Putting actual numbers on it makes no difference to me.
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Male 256
Brain melting.......cannot comprehend.........must lie down.........we are.........not alone.
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Female 1,386
I like thinking of the universe as something that loops in on itself. Zoom in enough and all those atoms turn into universes, and zoom out far enough and those universes turn into atoms.
Makes me sleep better at night cause those suns are friggin massive and our planet is truely a speck of blue dust caught in a sunbeam.
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Male 76
I brainz gotz all imploded
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Male 5
to addler: ya, but you gotta realize, most of those stars and planets in the game were made up
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Male 262
Holy macaroni!!!
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Male 762
AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH my simple human brain !
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Male 44
Who would have known..
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Female 357
My brain can`t comprehend past the saturn stage
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Male 776
mass effect made it seem cooler...
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Male 75
0.o ....
oooh daaaaamn
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Male 2,690
Crazy, I love it
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Female 133
this is incredible.
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Male 2,796
When I was in Afghanistan I went up to a watchtower because I saw some movement and lights outside the wire. I took my nightvision goggles with me (it was night time). It turned out to be nothing to worry about, but while I was there I decided to scan the skys on a whim... it was unbelievable how many more stars and such you see with night vision goggles. Try it some time.
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Female 93
Oh crap.
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Female 3,574
cool!
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Male 561
Meh
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Male 14
so what? they ran out of names as they discovered new planets? seriously V838 Monocerotis, v382 Carinae ?
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Female 901
oh for the love of god stop posting this poo >< we get it. earth is small. our universe is small. WOOFRIGGENHOO stop posting these pix n vids TT"
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Female 31
mybe ill get a date from a diffrent galaxy
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Female 9,557
*Puts on Space Music* This is so cool.
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Male 1,853
YAY 1) we added a watermark to a picture that isn`t ours, wasn`t ours, and will never be ours...again...
and 2) this picture is older than #primetimekinsmom
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Male 1,598
Sure, we`re small, but at least Earth is interesting as opposed to a ball of flaming gas. I mean, we`ve got penguins and crap like that.
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Male 10,855
Before clicked the link to this post, I was thinking:

DDUUUUUUHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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Male 833
and we wont even be able to leave our system and see all that till we can figure how to travel waaay faster than light. if we can.
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Male 7,812
well if i didnt feel like `nothing` before, i sure as hell do now.
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Female 1,677
5Cats: You don`t know what sentient means.
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Male 807
well if the Animaniacs taught us anything besides that the warner bros are some kind of weird animals that act like humans its that

In Wakko`s song, Its a great big universe. We actually already knew that we were insignificant specks compared to everything else

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Male 988
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Female 728
This doesn`t make me feel small, at least not in a bad way. It fills me with a sense of scientific curiosity and wonder. It makes me think of what it might be like if someday humans could explore that. :)
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Female 149
Depressing? I think it`s absolutely beautiful... just a total riot of being. Glorious. It thrills me to be an atom in it!

And aren`t we nearly galaxies ourselves? Look at your hand in front of you, think of the myriad cells that form it, blood and nerve and bone, the pieces that make up those cells, the proteins that form them, then atoms, and so on...

Freaking beautiful.

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Female 857
Thinking about this kind of creeps me out. You can`t measure how vast space is... *shudder*
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Male 227
nicely put claws.
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Female 1,190
oh god how i love this kind of stuff :D
it freaks me out but i love it so :)
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Male 40,291
Yeah Earth is tiny, but we`re also the only sentient species thus far. That makes me feel BIG! lolz!
(Cats I mean, not humans, eh?)
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Female 960
Old, but I never get tired of seeing it. :]
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Male 2,313
Our complete insignificance in the natural world would crush us if we were capable of fully understanding it.
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Male 638
From Wiki
It would take over 7,000,000,000,000,000 (7×1015 or 7 quadrillion) Earths to fill the volume of VY Canis Majoris.

Putting the size in perspective

If the Earth were to be represented by a sphere one centimeter in diameter, the Sun would be represented as a sphere with a diameter of 109 centimeters, at a distance of 117 meters. At these scales, VY Canis Majoris would have a diameter of approximately 2.3 kilometers, assuming the upper limit estimate of the radius of VY Canis Majoris.

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Male 2,229
Think of it this way our solar system is our house; our galaxy, our country. This makes sense, we as humans, have just started to explore `the house`. And by looking around we also know that there is more, so much more out there. Wait to be explored, examined or observed. We are curious creatures, us humans. So capable of great things, good and evil, destructive and creative. Our myth makers just didn`t realize how massively wondrous creation truly actually is.
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Male 3,915
for some reason it made me breath heavily for a few seconds....like...hyperventilating....weird sh*t....anyway...i will punctuate this comment with

DAYUM NATURE...YOU SCARY!

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Male 2,229
A mote of dust in an ocean of space and time.
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Male 160
How depressing...
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Female 781
Since when is attempting to understand the world we live in ever a waste of time?

It would only be a waste if the only reason they took the picture was so people could ooh and ahh over it, then forget it. Fortunately, scientists are getting a lot more out of it than the average IAB user is.

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Female 140
I absolutely love this, it`s so interesting, but terrifying at the same time. I`m hoping to study this at uni doing some sort or astronomy or theoretical physics degree. I dunno what I`ll end up doing but the mystery that surrounds all these distant galaxies and stars really fascinates me.
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Male 239
So beautiful and amazing
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Male 69
All I know is, Uranus is HUGE!

I`ll be here all week...

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Female 673
I think it has a point. When it comes time for all of us to die in 2012, they`ll want to send us to the universe when it was at an earlier time. :-p
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Male 383
Awesome... But a waste of money >.>
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Male 56
We are germs on an electron in a world we perceive as our `universe`, which is likely to just be another planet within another `universe` an so on.

What makes us special? Consciousness and the ability to attain higher forms of it. Clearly it is rare. It`s funny to think that, of the billions of germs that reside on your screen right now, in the end you are equal to one of them, and at the same time you are equal to a universe, all because of consciousness.

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Male 216
it`s about as pointless as worrying about the millions of dollars spent taking the picture. Our little spec of dust won`t be around for long, may as well have fun with our paper and look at little dots in the sky.
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Male 268
lukas1051
Male, 18-29, Europe
2813 Posts Monday, February 1, 2010 1:38:53 PM
I fail to see the point in things like this, I mean, our universe is unbelievably large, one can`t even begin to comprehend how large it is. I mean, once it get`s to a certain point, you just can`t even put it into perspective. Exponentials, and extremely huge things are something our human brains will never be able to process. However tiny you may think we are, we`re probably a quadrillion times smaller. It really does make you think, I mean if we`re one tiny tiny speck in a universe of trillions of trillions of galaxies, and each galaxy contains billions of stars, it`s just... insane. There must be other intelligent life forms out there, there are probably billions of planets like ours. Fascinating.

And have you ever considered that our whole universe may just be an electron on an atom in some bigger world? Freaky stuff


Somebody just Watched Men In Black I think. LOL

But naw you are r

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Male 953
I think I saw GOD in there somewhere :P
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Male 132
But Earth is at the center of it all, right.
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Male 96
This stuff messes me up.
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Female 4,039
I get annoyed that we spend millions of dollars taking pictures like this. It`s cool to look at and everything but in the end, pointless.
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Male 3,425
I fail to see the point in things like this, I mean, our universe is unbelievably large, one can`t even begin to comprehend how large it is. I mean, once it get`s to a certain point, you just can`t even put it into perspective. Exponentials, and extremely huge things are something our human brains will never be able to process. However tiny you may think we are, we`re probably a quadrillion times smaller. It really does make you think, I mean if we`re one tiny tiny speck in a universe of trillions of trillions of galaxies, and each galaxy contains billions of stars, it`s just... insane. There must be other intelligent life forms out there, there are probably billions of planets like ours. Fascinating.

And have you ever considered that our whole universe may just be an electron on an atom in some bigger world? Freaky stuff.

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Male 4,807
Our sun is so tiny in comparison
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Male 1,351
I love these! They are terrifying, and yet they just make me appreciate that even if earth is almost nothing to the universe, it is everything to me and (hopefully) everyone else here.
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Female 695
Who really knows why all this exists. It hurts my brain just pondering preexistence.
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Male 1,958
I hate perspective
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Female 695
So cool.
This is why I think people who believe we are the only intelligent life in the universe are stupid.
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Male 186
The annoying creation vs. evolution rants will begin in 3... 2... 1...

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Male 244
<3 the deep field view from hubble
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Female 1,677
This kind of stuff is too much for my brain to process. Plus it`s gibberish, I mean we`ve only been here for like 6 thousand years right? RIGHT?
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Male 1,190
i wonder when the Creationist morons will realize that a story that INCORPORATES the vast of space and time is much more impressive than any great wild spaghetti monster stories they can come up with.
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Male 41
Wow, WE ARE NOT ALONE! ^_^
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Male 15,510
Im just a speck
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Male 20,825
Link: Is The Earth A Mere Speck In The Universe? [Pic] [Rate Link] - Want to feel insignificant? This chart will give you a taste of just how tiny we are in the grand scheme of things.
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