35 Images That Will Make You Stop And Literally Reevaluate Every Decision You’ve Made In Life

If you’ve been on the internet for the past few days, you’ve probably seen this image. It is a whole new image of a tiny part of the observable universe, equal to a “grain of sand held at arm’s length”. Each of these tiny little things is its own GALAXY.

There are THOUSANDS of galaxies in this image. THOUSANDS in this “little grain of sand”.

Space Telescope Science Institute / NASA, ESA, CSA, STScI, Webb ERO Production Team

1.But let’s back up for a second. It’s Earth! This is where we live.


2.And that’s where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system!

The solar system

NASA Space Square

3.This is the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the Moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

earth and moon

4. THINK YOURSELF. Within this distance, you can fit every planet in our solar system, nicely and neatly.

5.But let’s talk about the planets. This little green spot is North America on Jupiter.

Image showing the size of North America relative to Jupiter

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

Size comparison of Earth to Saturn

seven.While I have you here, here’s how many Earths can fit on the diameter of Jupiter:



8.And just for good measure, remember the adorable little Pluto? We know what it looks like now!

        NASA via Getty Images

NASA via Getty Images

9.We even have images of the surface of Pluto:

Pluto's surface

ten. But that’s nothing compared to our sun. Remember that you live on one of these LITTLE visible points to the right of the sun:

11. And you see that little black dot next to the sun? It’s Mercury:

12.But let’s talk about the Earth. Here is the Earth seen from the moon:

View of Earth from the Moon


13.Here is the Earth seen from Mars:



14.This is Mars from Earth:

        Bill Dunford / Via solarsystem.nasa.gov

15.Here is the Earth just behind the rings of Saturn:

        NASA/JPL-Caltech/Institute of Space Science

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Institute of Space Science

16.And here is the Earth just beyond Neptune, 4 billion kilometers away.

To paraphrase the great man Carl Sagan, everyone and everything you've ever known exists on this little dot.

To paraphrase the great man Carl Sagan, everyone and everything you’ve ever known exists on this little dot.


17.Let’s take a step back. Here is the size of the Earth compared to the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

The sun doesn't even fit into the picture.

18.Here is this same sun from the surface of Mars:

        NASA/JPL-Caltech/Texas A&M/Cornell

NASA/JPL-Caltech/Texas A&M/Cornell

19. And here is the size of a black hole compared to our solar system:

20.But it’s nothing. Again, as Carl once thought, there are more stars in space than there are grains of sand on all the beaches on Earth:

The sand

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21. Which means there are many, many bigger ones than our puny little sun. Look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is compared to VY Canis Majoris, one of the largest stars we know:

Our sun is probably having his lunch money stolen.

22.Here’s another look. The largest star we have observed, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times larger than our sun:

23.But none of this compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you scaled the sun to the size of a white blood cell and scaled the Milky Way galaxy using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

        Getty Images

Getty Images

24.This is because the Milky Way galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside:

Our solar system in the Milky Way galaxy

NASA / JPL-Caltech / R. Hurt

By the way, the Milky Way is about 100,000 light years across:

Span of the Milky Way

NASA / JPL-Caltech / R. Hurt

25.But even our galaxy is a bit of a miss compared to others. Here is the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light-years from Earth:

Milky Way compared to other galaxies

Just THINK of everything that might be inside.


26.But think bigger. Here is another image with thousands and thousands of galaxies. This image, taken by the Hubble Space Telescope, contains millions of stars, each with its own planet.

Photo of several galaxies

27.This is 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 in the past.

UDF 423 galaxy

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

NASA / Via wikisky.org

28.And keep that in mind – this is a picture of a very small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

picture of the universe

This is just for demonstration purposes, not an actual zoomed shot.


So just remember…

It’s your house.


29.This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

The solar system

30.And that’s what happens when you zoom out further…

Magnified photo of the solar system

31.And further…

The milky way galaxy

32.Keep on going…

Magnified photo of the Milky Way galaxy

33.Just a little further…

        Above image by Andrew Z. Colvin / Via jpl.nasa.gov

34.Almost there…

Virgo Supercluster

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

The observable universe
        Universalimagesgroup/Getty Images

Universalimagesgroup/Getty Images

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