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Pictures that may Make you Re-Evaluate your Entire Existence

THE Universe, Earth. Man 

It’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

So if you’re ever feeling upset about your favorite show being canceled or the fact that they play Christmas music way too early — just remember…

This is your home.

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

This is what happens when you zoom out from your home to your solar system.

And this is what happens when you zoom out farther…

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And farther…

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Keep going…

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Just a little bit farther…

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

Almost there…

By Andrew Z. Colvin (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (creativecommons.org) or GFDL (gnu.org)], via Wikimedia Commons

And here it is. Here’s everything in the observable universe, and here’s your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

And here it is. Here's everything in the observable universe, and here's your place in it. Just a tiny little ant in a giant jar.

2. And this is where you live in your neighborhood, the solar system.

Here’s the distance, to scale, between the Earth and the moon. Doesn’t look too far, does it?

THINK AGAIN. Inside that distance you can fit every planet in our solar system, nice and neatly.

PerplexingPotato / Via reddit.com

Let’s talk about planets. That little green smudge is North America on Jupiter.

NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

Here’s the size of Earth (well, six Earths) compared with Saturn:

NASA / John Brady / Via astronomycentral.co.uk

And just for good measure, here’s what Saturn’s rings would look like if they were around Earth:

Ron Miller / Via io9.com

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here’s what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

This right here is a comet. We just landed a probe on one of those bad boys. Here's what one looks like compared with Los Angeles:

Let’s step back a bit. Here’s the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

Let's step back a bit. Here's the size of Earth compared with the size of our sun. Terrifying, right?

Which means that there are ones much, much bigger than little wimpy sun. Just look at how tiny and insignificant our sun is:

Our sun probably gets its lunch money stolen.

Here’s another look. The biggest star, VY Canis Majoris, is 1,000,000,000 times bigger than our sun:

………

But none of those compares to the size of a galaxy. In fact, if you shrunk the Sun down to the size of a white blood cell and shrunk the Milky Way Galaxy down using the same scale, the Milky Way would be the size of the United States:

That’s because the Milky Way Galaxy is huge. This is where you live inside there:

But this is all you ever see:

(That’s not a picture of the Milky Way, but you get the idea.)

But even our galaxy is a little runt compared with some others. Here’s the Milky Way compared to IC 1011, 350 million light years away from Earth:

Just THINK about all that could be inside there.

Let’s think bigger. In JUST this picture taken by the Hubble telescope, there are thousands and thousands of galaxies, each containing millions of stars, each with their own planets.

Here’s one of the galaxies pictured, UDF 423. This galaxy is 10 BILLION light years away. When you look at this picture, you are looking billions of years into the past.

Some of the other galaxies are thought to have formed only a few hundred million years AFTER the Big Bang.

And just keep this in mind — that’s a picture of a very small, small part of the universe. It’s just an insignificant fraction of the night sky.

You know, it’s pretty safe to assume that there are some black holes out there. Here’s the size of a black hole compared with Earth’s orbit, just to terrify you:

D. Benningfield/K. Gebhardt/StarDate / Via mcdonaldobservatory.org

You prefer to travel solo?

Imagine this: On your first trip with a very best friend of yours and you two get into a huge fight on day two of a 10-day trip.

First, the article of  posted this February 23, 2014

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Most of us who have traveled with friends, or even family, would hope that we know what to expect from an overnight trip with someone that we care about.

And it can turn out much different if the right expectations are not set in place from the beginning.

It’s always key to remember that the person that you have drinks with on Saturday night is not the same person that dons headgear before they go to sleep, and snores like a railroad rolling through town.

How do you handle it if your BFF wants to party when you are sleeping, and sleep when you are ready to head to beach?

Once, I went on a trip with some classmates where one of the girls would literally yell at people in other countries because they didn’t speak English!

Needless to say, I never spoke to her again after that!

Wanna head out with your friends?

Start off by going on small, day trips together to see if this is a friend that would make a good travel companion.

If that works out, go on a road trip, then an airplane trip for a few days.

If he or she passes the test, then you’re all set! This will give you a chance to find out if you can stand being with this person for more than a few hours—or someone with which you want to spend more time!

It would be good to set expectations for the trip before you go.

(I guess this advice is valid for potential couples)

Does one friend like to party? Does one friend like to hook up with strangers?

Does another like to eat smelly food naked on the floor of the hotel room?

These are all questions that should be addressed before leaving the house.

Traveling with a good friend can be a fun, great time. But it can also be a nightmare in waiting.

What are some travel horror stories that you’ve experienced with your friends? Tell me.

Note: One of my characteric behaviors was to tour alone.  To go to movies alone. To walk the streets alone…

Most probably, I didn’t have best friends to invite me to go with them on adventures, or a best friend I could call on to join me without much haggling.

It is difficult to travel with a person who is chatting non-stop on the ground that he is making conversation and expect you to join in the palabre.

Or to entertain the driver anywhich way in order for him not to fall asleep on the wheel.

Or to lend full attention to anything is said on the ground that you should not miss an opportunity to mine a gem from the mound of non sense.

Or your adviser wake you up in the hotel room to tell you that you are snoring. And for the first time to get aware that you are the snoring type

Or you smoke outside but any non-smoker complains that you are bringing nasty smoking smell inside the house…


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