Some reminders of how small you are

First up, we have these two amazing photographs. They are zoomed-in captures I took from this page – a zoomable snapshot of the galactic center of our Milky Way galaxy. The full picture packs an astonishing 1 billion pixels. From a distance (the full shot), it mostly looks like a haze. But zoom in and you'll find millions and millions of stars. Perhaps even more humbling is the fact that this picture contains less than 1/1000th of all the stars in our galaxy. And if we took a similar snapshot of deep space, we'd see millions of galaxies, which would again be only a tiny fraction of the number of galaxies in the observable universe. Check out the page for yourself, and be filled with awe.

Next up we have this great picture of the phylogenetic tree of life. Notice the "you are here" in the upper left corner. The astonishing thing? This depicts less than 1% of known species.


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