By Luke Miller
Check out this video it shows just a few stars from a few galaxies which really puts into perspective the size of our earth. Let’s not forget that there are roughly 100 billion galaxies that we know of, all containing around 100 billion stars.
Now, once you watch this video scroll down the page because there are some absolutely mind blowing statistics about the universe that may give you some trouble sleeping tonight.
Now are you ready to have your mind blown?
The universe is thought to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, with the radius of the observable universe being around 46.6 billion light years and the diameter is thought to be a staggering 93 billion light years.
The speed of lights is 670,616,629 mph, which means if we moved at the speed of light for a year we would travel around 6 trillion miles, or to get a little closer to the exact figure 5,878,497,952,654.49
Just to put things into perspective- if we travelled around the earth at the speed of light for just 1 hour we would lap the earth nearly 27,000 times.
Now, if we travelled at this speed it would take us- 546,700,309,596,867,570,000,000 (five hundred forty-six sextillion, seven hundred quintillion, three hundred nine quadrillion, five hundred ninety-six trillion, eight hundred sixty-seven billion, five hundred seventy million) years to travel across the observable universe and it may go even further, possibly infinitely.
That’s a pretty big number!
Now picture this in your mind- You are at the biggest beach you have ever been to, one of those beaches where the sand runs as far as the eye can see, then add to this picture every other beach in the world, and then further to that every desert and every other grain of sand on this planet….. Our planet in the grand scheme of things represents less than 1 grain of that sand.
I know it is impossible to actually measure this information with any real accuracy, but there is a study from the University of Hawaii who estimated that we have multiple stars for every grain of sand. This study should not be taken to literally as in reality we have no real way to know this for certain. But you can read more about it here
Now just to spin your wheels a little bit more, you will also find more molecules in 10 drops of water than you will find stars in the universe or grains of sand on the earth, so things go even deeper inward than they do outwards and while the universal world is gigantic, so is the microscopic world if you look at it in the right way.
So I’m sorry to break it to you, but we really are quite insignificant-
So make sure you remember this next time you spill a glass of milk, your children are misbehaving or you don’t get that job you were really hoping for. We are merely a tiny particle floating around in a space that our minds cannot even comprehend. It is just a ride, a ride that we are a very small part of! So try to enjoy it while it lasts!
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