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• This is Earth.

• You live here on this planet somewhere and everything

• that you've ever known is located right here,

• but just how small exactly is Earth

• when compared to the scale of the entire universe?

• Let's start by zooming out to

• where we can see our nearest cosmic neighbor, The Moon.

• You may think that the

• moon is very close to Earth since it

• dominates our night skies. But in reality

• the moon isn't this close to our planet,

• 384,400 kilometers away from you right now on average.

• You could fit 30 entire

• Earths in between this distance and if

• you somehow were able to drive a car at

• a constant 100 km/h speed, it would take

• you about 160 days to drive the entire distance.

• Despite this incredible distance however,

• 12 humans have actually set foot here

• representing the farthest away that any

• individual human has ever been away from

• the Earth and one of humanity's greatest achievements.

• This is what the Earth

• would look like from there, if you were

• standing there with them.

• And if you wanted to communicate with somebody back

• at home, it would take a message about

• 2 1/2 seconds to travel between

• you and them since that's how fast the

• speed of light can travel at.

• This is a photo that was taken on Mars and that

• tiny dot that you see there is Earth as

• seen from the Martian surface.

• On average, Mars is an incredible 225

• million kilometers away from Earth but

• that distance can be as high as 401 million kilometers

• That means that whenever humanity finally gets around to

• landing a human on a planet,

• that person will be 986 times further away

• from Earth than the astronauts who

• landed on the moon were.

• In addition the time delay for sending a message from

• Mars back to Earth isn't just two and a

• half seconds, it's actually more like 20

• minutes each direction.

• Which would render instant communication in the

• event of an emergency impossible.

• When we zoom out even further away we can find

• the Voyager 1 space probe,

• which is the farthest away man-made object from Earth

• it is currently located 138 AU's from The Earth.

• AU meaning astronomical unit,

• which is the distance between the

• Earth and the Sun,

• which means that Voyager 1

• is 138 times further away from us than the Sun is.

• At some point on its long voyage,

• Voyager 1 turned its camera around and took this photograph.

• It may not look

• like much at first, but in my opinion

• this is the greatest single photograph

• ever taken in all of human history.

• This tiny pale blue dot is Earth and I don't

• think that anybody has ever said

• as Carl Sagan when he said,

• "If you look at it, you see a dot.

• That's here. That's home. That's us.

• On it, everyone you ever heard of,

• every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives.

• The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings.

• Thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines.

• Every hunter and every forager.

• Every hero and coward.

• Every creator and destroyer of civilizations.

• Every king and every peasant.

• Every young couple in love.

• Every hopeful child.

• Every mother and every father.

• Every inventor and explorer.

• Every teacher of morals.

• Every corrupt politician.

• Every superstar.

• Every saint and sinner in the

• history of our species lived there,

• on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam."

• Voyager 1 is currently traveling at 17

• kilometers every single second, but even

• at that speed it won't break out of the

• reach of our solar system for another 30,000 years.

• Once we go beyond the solar system,

• we arrive in our interstellar neighborhood.

• Here we shift to the Lightyear unit of measurement which is

• the distance that light travels in a

• full earth year or about 9.461 trillion kilometers.

• The star Proxima Centauri here,

• is the closest other star to us

• other than our Sun, but it's still 4.24

• light-years away from us.

• To put that into perspective,

• if it was heading in

• the right direction, it would still take

• Voyager 1 over 70,000 years to reach it.

• In other words, if you drove your car at

• 100 kilometers an hour

• like in our previous example to The Moon it

• would take over six times longer than

• the entire age of the universe is

• just to finally get there and it wouldn't

• even exist still when you arrived.

• When we zoom out even further, we can see the entire Milky Way galaxy.

• Inside of which, Earth is located right here.

• This yellow dot is the farthest extent of humanity's

• Which means that any possible aliens who live

• outside of this range are totally

• unaware of humanity's presence.

• It's complete silence outside of this yellow

• dot as far as we are currently aware, but

• the entire galaxy spans over 100,000

• light-years from end to end.

• There are over 100 billion stars and over 100

• billion planets inside of our galaxy, but

• you have never seen the full glory of

• the galaxy at night.

• Because 99% of the

• stars that you can see with the naked

• eye are limited to this small tiny

• region right here.

• But even this massive galaxy is nothing

• compared to the rest of what's out to there.

• Zooming out even further and we

• arrive at the local group of galaxies.

• A collection of 54 different galaxies that

• is about 10 million light-years across.

• But zooming out even further and we can

• see the Virgo Supercluster.

• Of which the local group here is just a tiny segment of.

• There are at least 100 other groups

• of galaxies just like our own local

• group inside of here.

• And the distance from one side to the other is a

• mind-numbing 110 million light-years

• But even the massive Virgo supercluster is

• nothing but a quiet and tiny lobe of the

• great Laniakea Supercluster.

• An enormous structure that is home to our galaxies

• as well as 100,000 other galaxies.

• The distance from one side to the other is

• 520 million light-years.

• But from even there, we can zoom out all the way to the

• entire observable universe and see that

• even the Titanic Laniakea Supercluster

• is just a tiny and insignificant part of everything.

• This is the observable universe and it contains everything that we know of.

• It is home to at least

• 2 trillion different individual galaxies.

• Which together contain more stars than there are grains

• of sand on the entire Earth.

• The distance from Earth to any side of the observable universe

• is 46.5 billion light-years.

• Which means that the entire width

• is 93 billion light-years across.

• What's perhaps even more interesting however is

• what actually lies beyond the observable universe.

• Keep in mind that the

• observable universe is all that we can currently see.

• And it's entirely possible

• that the rest of the universe outside of it

• is vastly larger and more fantastic

• than we can possibly ever imagine.