26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

We on this planet Earth think that we are the only intelligent species and we might be alone in this dark and cold universe but what we never thought is how small we really are. This post will walk you through just that and make you realize that we are just a speck of dust in the Universe and how many possibilities of life are actually out there.

1. This is the Earth! And even here you are just a dot.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Image / Via visibleearth.nasa.gov

2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the Solar System.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

3. Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, It’s actually 384,400 km.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

4. THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neat.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
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5. But let’s talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

6. And here’s the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared to Saturn:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

7. And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around Earth:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
Ron Miller / Via io9.com

8. Between our planets and those planets are a ton of comets. We just landed on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared to Los Angeles:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
Matt Wang / Via mentalfloss.com

9. But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Just remember:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

10. Here’s you from the Moon:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA

11. Here’s you from Mars:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA

12. Here’s you from just behind Saturn’s rings:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA

13. And here’s you from the edge of the solar system:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA

To paraphrase Carl Sagan, 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 to the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
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:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
NASA

16. But that’s nothing. Again, as Carl once mused, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on every beach on Earth:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

17. Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy Sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our Sun is:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

Our Sun probably gets its lunch money stolen.

18. Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our Sun:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

19. But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrunk 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:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

20. That’s because the Milky Way Galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

21. But this is all you ever see:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

22. But even our galaxy is a little runt compared to some others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

Just THINK about all that could be inside there.

23. 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.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

24. Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is TEN BILLION light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

Some of the other galaxies are thought to have formed only a few hundred million years AFTER The Big Bang.

25. 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.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

26. 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 to Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early… just remember…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
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.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
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…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

26 Pictures That Will Make You Feel Tiny In The Universe
 By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

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