Scale of the Universe - Be Amazed!

Vijeth Kumar C (CA Final) (1615 Points)

03 November 2010  


Scale of the Universe - Be Amazed! 

Everyone knows the universe is huge, but most people don't understand how huge it really is. This article will try to show the amazingly massive scale of the universe to you.  It surely is a very humbling experience!


Earth - Our Home

Earth seen from Apollo 17
This is our Home. All of us live, love, wage wars, spend our entire lifetimes here.

Earth compared to  smaller Planets in our Solar System

Earth compared to smaller planets

Earth compared to  larger Planets in our Solar System

Earth compared to larger planets

Compared to our Sun

Earth compared to the Sun

Our Sun compared to other Stars

Sun compared to other stars
Our Sun is just a tiny speck compared to other stars!
Hard to even make out in the picture with the Sun just 1 pixel wide. Jupiter becomes invisible at this scale.

Milky Way - Our Galaxy

MilkyWay Galaxy
There are 200-400 billion stars in the Milky Way. 
The stellar disk of the Milky Way Galaxy is approximately 100,000 light-years  in diameter, and is considered to be, on average, about 1,000 ly thick. 

Our Milky Way galaxy is small compared to other galaxies. Our neighbouring Andromeda Galaxy has over one trillion stars!