10. The Pillars of Creation
We’ve all seen the famous Pillars of Creation picture, but lets just see it again. It truly is an impressive photo, but the amazing this about it isn’t the picture, it’s the sheer scale of a different photo. This picture is a zoomed out version of those pillars.
The pillars of creation are located in the eagle nebula, the original picture makes the pillars seem like massive columns of space dust, which is what they are, but they really aren’t the biggest thing around the area. The pillars are dwarfed by the surrounding nebula, if that isn’t awesome then I don’t know what is.
9. The Milky Way
Ah yes, the Milky Way galaxy, our home and the only galaxy we know for a fact has life. This is on the list because of the pictures we’ve taken of our home. Specifically this one taken in a tropical looking area, it is an amazing ccombination of our planetary home and our galactic one. Every little dot of light is a star with its own planets and potential life.
8. The Difference Between Big and Small
This one is kinda different because it isn’t technically about space. The average human is closer to the relative size of the universe then the smallest planck length. This shows us the true scale we live on, things can be super large, or even super small.
7. There is a Black Hole at the Center of The Milky Way
This has been theorized for quite a while, but just recently we have data showing stars orbit around what looks like nothing. You can clearly see the stars in this gif orbit around nothing, the only possible explanation is that there is a supermassive black hole chilling in the center of our galaxy. But if you really think about it what other celestial object has the gravitational pull to keep hundreds of millions of stars in orbit. This is crazy to think about, there is this massive object at the center of our galaxy that holds everything together just like the sun holds the solar system together.
6. The Largest Star in the Universe
The sun may be big compared to us on earth, but put the sun next to other stars and it is dwarfed. As of right now the largest known star in the universe is UY Scuti, a red supergiant that is so massive it would engulf Jupiters orbit if put in place of the sun. The sun is so large it can hold 1.3 million Earths, UY Scuti is so large that it can hold 5 billion of our suns, thats a lot of suns. It amazes me that there can be something of such a size in the universe, there is no way our minds can wrap around the sheer size of this star, it is so much larger than our idea of scale that we cannot imagine what it would look like compared to us.
5. The Farthest Object from the Earth
The Voyager space craft is the farthest man-made object from the Earth, it is a total of 69 AU (Astronomical Unit) that is the the distance between the Earth and the Sun 69 times over. 1 AU is approximately 90,000,000 miles, meaning that voyager is 621,000,000 miles from the Earth. That is really really far from us and it will never
stop unless something gets in the way of it, Voyager 1 is destined to wander the galaxy for eternity, never stopping. Voyager will reach the Oort Cloud in about 300 years, then it will become the first man made object to leave the solar system as a whole and be unaffected by the suns gravity. It is as of September 2012 Voyager 1 was 16.82 light hours away from the sun, the fastest known thing in the universe takes 16 (nearly 17) hours to reach our farthest craft.
4. Family Portrait
This is the last photo taken by the Voyager 1 mission mentioned above. It Maneuvered its cameras to get a single picture of the entire solar system, this is the “pale blue dot” photo. It just shows us our true scale, how small we are compared to everything else even just in our immediate vicinity. The picture really speaks for itself, no matter how strange it may look.
3. Gravitational Waves
I still have issues wrapping my head around this one, so Gravitational Waves are a phenomena that occurs when two black holes collide or orbit one another, they are actual ripples in the fabric of reality from what I interpret. These waves are even said to be as fast as the speed of light, besides that I really have a limited understanding of these waves. But they’re pretty freaking cool.
2. The intergalactic scale
This is a picture of such a massive scale it is impossible to imagine, each and every single dot in this picture is a galaxy. Every single one, even down to the smallest one, has hundreds of millions of stars in them, and those have billions of planets around them too. This picture is one of the most impressive pictures i’ve ever seen, the amount of life shown here that we will never meet is mind blowing. There is nothing left to say, just look at it.
1. TRAPPIST-1 and surrounding planets
We’ve all heard about the TRAPPIST-1 star system, it is the most amazing discovery we’ve made in the quest for other life. The planets potential accommodations for living things give me a lot of hope for the future, we don’t know much right now but soon we will find out more about the solar system 40 lightyears away from us.
The Trappist-1 star is significantly smaller than our own sun, as shown here. Scientists say that the planets orbiting Trappist-1 are close enough to one another that, if you looked up from the surface of one, you could see the others as easily as the moon from earth.