A week or so ago, a friend sent me a video that was designed to put into perspective just how small our world is in relation the the entire (as we know it) solar system. It was rather humbling when it started comparing our planet to others out there and that’s just the ones we can see and know about. When you look at a picture of the sun, and compare it in size to the earth, we pale by comparison. Kind of like a bee bee to a bowling ball in terms of scale. And, within the distance between us and the sun, if you lined them up, all the planets in our solar system would fit in the distance between the two of us.
I have always liked the pictures of earth taken from space. At least we appear to have some volume and can be seen quite readily. However, we are now toying with mars. A little different story. If you place earth next to Mars, we are an infinitesimal dot, hardly discernible at all if not pointed out in the picture.
And that is just scratching the surface because there are multiple solar systems out there, orbiting around who knows how many planets. The Hubble Telescope has graphically captured shots of the vastness of space and it just further increases my sense of awe.
For someone like me, all of this is almost beyond comprehension. Up until I saw this, I was a student of ‘The Charlie Brown School of Astronomy”. We prefer to lay on our backs and stare up at the stars and ponder whether they are stars at all. What if we are really living in a giant globe, and those are holes that have been punched in it so we can breath? Just sayin!