put *that* into perspective.

Our universe contains billions of stars.  Even if every one of the estimated 10^24 stars in the universe only has three planets on average, that makes for a billion times a billion planets.  To put it in relative dimensions: even if the chance for Earth-like conditions for a planet (and corresponding life on it) are a billion to one, that would still mean a billion Earth-like planets in the universe.

Here’s a mind-blowing series of photographs voted by astronomers as the Top Ten Most Amazing Photographs taken by the Hubble Space Telescope in the last 16 years.  If that page doesn’t just put you in awe of the sheer size and scale of the universe we inhabit, you’re very hard to impress indeed.

It’s a great big universe, and we’re all really puny…

(H/T to VP pal initialdescent, who swiped it from Jay Lake.)

10 thoughts on “put *that* into perspective.

  1. Stingray says:

    Damn it damn it DAMN IT! I JUST GOT THAT SONG OUT OF MY HEAD LAST WEEK YOU SOB!

  2. Regolith says:

    Carl Sagan had something to say on that point:

    As he said, astronomy can be a pretty damn humbling experience.

  3. MarkHB says:

    Space is Big. Really big. You think it’s a long way to the chemist’s at the end of the road? Well, that’s just peanuts to Space.

  4. MarkHB says:

    Wow. Whizzz…. boom.

  5. Shooter says:

    We’re just tiny lil’ specks about the size of Mickey Rooney.

  6. anonymous says:

    Space is Big
    Space is Dark
    It’s Hard to Find
    A Place to Park
    — Burma Shave

  7. Jay G. says:

    “Sometimes I think the surest sign that intelligent life exists elsewhere in the universe is that none of it has tried to contact us.”

    -Calvin

  8. What? You mean the universe doesn’t revolve around Earth? Darn.

  9. wow…behold what He hath wrought.

    and to think He chose our particular puddle of primordial slime from whence to bang His most awesome creation.

    jtc

  10. Tam says:

    Deep scan pics from Hubble always make the planet feel tiny…

    Like Dr. Arroway said in Contact, it seems such an awful waste of space if we’re alone.

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