Dust in the wind..

I got these images from various sources, and I think it will be interesting to share here. I have to warn you though that this is a long post. Please do not hesitate to skip if you don’t have much time..

25 pictures that will make you re-evaluate your entire existence:

1. This is the Earth! This is where you live.  NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov

2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system. Via foxnews.com

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

4. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.  PerplexingPotato / Via reddit.com

5. But let’s talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter. NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

6. And here’s the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn  NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

7. And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around EarthRon Miller / Via io9.com

8. This is a comet, here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles.Matt Wang / Via mentalfloss.com

9. But that’s nothing compared to our sun.Via Twitter: @maiwandafghani

10. Here’s you from the moonNASA

11. Here’s you from MarsNASA

12. Here’s you from just behind Saturn’s ringsNASA

13. And here’s you from just beyond Neptune, 4 billion miles awayNASA. To paraphrase Carl Sagan (the astronomer) everyone and everything you have ever known exists on that little speck.

14. Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right..?    John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk The sun doesn’t even fit in the image. 

15. And here’s that same sun from the surface of Mars NASA

16. As Carl Sagan (the astronomer) mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth  Via science.nationalgeographic.com

17. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is..  Via en.wikipedia.org (Our sun probably gets its lunch money stolen!)

18. 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 Via reddit.com

19. That’s because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside.  Via teecraze.com

20. But this is all you ever see: 

Via Twitter: @lucybrockle (That’s not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)

21. 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. Via Twitter: @smokeinpublic – Just THINK about all that could be inside there.

22. But let’s think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.  Via hubblesite.org

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

24. 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.  Via thetoc.gr

25. And, you know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you.. D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite TV show being canceled or missed, or the fact that you got bad mood for the rest of your afternoon because of late lunch delivery.., just remember..:
This is your home.. By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

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…  By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther… By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…  By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…  By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…  By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And finally.., here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it, a tiny little ant in a giant jar.  By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Common

So, after all, it looks like we really are just dust in the wind…


20 thoughts on “Dust in the wind..

  1. Betapa kecilnya kita… duhh Tuhan hebat banget menciptakan semua itu. Maka kayaknya pikir-pikir lagi deh kalau kita merasa besar, padahal kita sama sekali bukan apa-apa, bahkan boleh jadi cuma makhluk mikroskopis bagi yang Mahabesar di luar sana ya :hehe.
    Ini bisa jadi bahan perenungan yang bagus. Terima kasih!


  2. ya ampun ternyata bumi yang segini luas cuma secuil doang ya, apalagi kita yg manusia ini mungkin hanya butiran debu#eaaak
    postingannya bagus banget mbak Em, informatif sekali, nambah pengetahuan 🙂


    • Makasih, Adhya.. Senang kalo ini dianggap bermanfaat.. Meskipun ini ilmu pengetahuan alam tapi erat kaitannya ke filsafat juga (perenungan/pemikiran bahwa manusia tak ada apa-apanya dibanding alam semesta ini)


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