From our perspective on Earth, it is difficult to comprehend the vastness of space. While we stand here in our world, there are worlds beyond our galaxy. The time it would take to fly across the observable universe is unfathomable to us. How would you say 111,408,058,600,640,000? That's how many years it would take.
Clusters of stars and groups of galaxies exist in space. When displayed, how insignificant Earth seems in the scheme of things. Our planet is 12.7 million meters in diameter. Compare that to Jupiter, which is 142.9 million meters in diameter. Our sun is a whopping 1.4 billion meters in diameter.
On earth, other comparisons capture the awesomeness of our planet. A Kodiak bear is 3 meters tall, whereas a whale is 30 meters long. In geography, it's amazing that Rhode Island can fit inside of Texas 634 times! Side by side, a skin cell would dwarf hemoglobin. When we magnify the hidden wonders of our universe, amazing things can happen.
Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.