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27 Pictures Show The Earth’s Position In The Universe

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27 Pictures Show The Earth’s Position In The Universe

So vast and interesting!


The world is huge – it takes hours of flights to reach the other end of the earth. And for those who come from smaller towns, you can probably still recall how overwhelmed it was to step into big, metropolitan and busy cities like NY.

This is Earth, a beautiful living gem of Milky Way.

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And this is the solar system that contains 7 other planets.

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Our solar system is about 4 billion years old with Sun as our only star, 8 planets – Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune – and 3 dwarf planets which are Ceres, Pluto and Eris.

Distance between Moon to Earth in a scale.

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You can actually fit all the other planets between that gap!

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Jupiter is the biggest and you can actually see how it compared when you put North America on it.

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Jupiter’s radius is about 69,000 km or 43,000 miles and its surface width is almost equal to 122 Earths! It’s sometimes called a failed star because it mainly contains hydrogen and helium gas, major components of a star.

This is Saturn, a beautiful planet with r a ring (and 6 Earths for comparison).

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And if Earth had a ring-like Saturn…

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Oh, by the way, thanks to technological improvement especially in observation, we’ve managed to captured beautiful images of faraway things.

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An artist imagined Rosetta’s Comet compared to LA. Just the right size for an epic end to this planet we know as Earth!

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But the real star of our solar system is still the sun.

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The yellow dwarf star stands in the middle of the orbits, becoming the center of life to our Earth. It’s the surface area is 12,000 Earths and is made of 73% hydrogen and 25% helium.



It is also amazing to consider that the Earth is placed in just the right position for life to thrive.

And this the Earth from the Moon!

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And this is from Mars. Okay, there is nothing to see here.

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And if you’re standing behind Saturn’s rings, this is the view you get!

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From Neptune, 2.9 billion miles away.

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Size-wise, this is how Earth is compared to the Sun.

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The view of the Sun from Mars is pretty beautiful.

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Did you know? There are more stars in the whole universe that there is a number of grains of sand on the Earth.

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Even if the Sun is huge, it is nothing compared to VY Canis Majoris.

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Here’s another comparison: if the Sun was a white blood cell, the Milky Way would be the US.

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It does make us feel small…

But alas, it is the only planet that we’ve researched so far that allows life to thrive. It’s one ridden with ridiculous amounts of life species, abundant and unique.

The stars are beautiful and abundant – but they are only a fraction of the yellow circle below.

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This is Milky Way placed beside IC 1101, 1.04 billion light-years away.

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The Hubble Space Telescope captured a photo of thousands of galaxies here.

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Here’s another galaxy, the UDF 423, 7.7 billion light-years away.

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And it’s so amazing to think that our naked eyes have seen so many stars that are just tiny fractions of the universe.

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What about black holes? Here is the Schwarzschild radius that is based on the mass of the black hole. Terrifyingly amazing, isn’t it?

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