Putting Our Universe Into Perspective

Published October 2, 2012
Updated November 27, 2012
Earth's Location In The Universie

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The Universe is really big. Really, really, really big. So big that, as planet-bound organisms like us, it’s incredibly difficult to get a sense of perspective of our place in it.

Fortunately, NASA keeps us informed and up to date with projects like the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer (WISE).  The image below is composed of  2.7 million pictures of over half a billion astronomical phenomenon, which, seen all together, amount to a map of the entire known universe.

The Raw Universe

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The Note Of The Universe

Source: Wikimedia, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7d/2MASS_LSS_chart-NEW_Nasa.jpg

Scale Of The Universe

Source: Wikimedia, http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/98/Observable_Universe_with_Measurements_01.png

As a two dimensional image, even annotated and with scale added, it can still be very hard to take in the sheer scale of the distances they try to represent.

The video below takes you on a journey from the highest point on earth, out of our solar system and to the farthest extremes of space.

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