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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,

  • it's actually about this far away.

  • 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

  • something as amazing about this

  • 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 Supreme Leader.

  • 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

  • radio broadcasts throughout history.

  • 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.