How the Universe is Way Bigger Than You Think


This is a Real-Life Lore video made possible by Squarespace. Make your next move with a beautiful website from Squarespace. This is Earth. You live here on this planet somewhere and everything that you’ve ever known is located right here, but just how small exactly is Earth when compared to the scale of the entire universe? Let’s start by zooming out to where we can see our nearest cosmic neighbor, The Moon. You may think that the moon is very close to Earth since it dominates our night skies. But in reality the moon isn’t this close to our planet, it’s actually about this far away. 384,400 kilometers away from you right now on average. You could fit 30 entire Earths in between this distance and if you somehow were able to drive a car at a constant 100 km/h speed, it would take you about 160 days to drive the entire distance. Despite this incredible distance however, 12 humans have actually set foot here representing the farthest away that any individual human has ever been away from the Earth and one of humanity’s greatest achievements. This is what the Earth would look like from there, if you were standing there with them. And if you wanted to communicate with somebody back at home, it would take a message about 2 1/2 seconds to travel between you and them since that’s how fast the speed of light can travel at. This is a photo that was taken on Mars and that tiny dot that you see there is Earth as seen from the Martian surface. On average, Mars is an incredible 225 million kilometers away from Earth but that distance can be as high as 401 million kilometers That means that whenever humanity finally gets around to landing a human on a planet, that person will be 986 times further away from Earth than the astronauts who landed on the moon were. In addition the time delay for sending a message from Mars back to Earth isn’t just two and a half seconds, it’s actually more like 20 minutes each direction. Which would render instant communication in the event of an emergency impossible. When we zoom out even further away we can find the Voyager 1 space probe, which is the farthest away man-made object from Earth it is currently located 138 AU’s from The Earth. AU meaning astronomical unit, which is the distance between the Earth and the Sun, which means that Voyager 1 is 138 times further away from us than the Sun is. At some point on its long voyage, Voyager 1 turned its camera around and took this photograph. It may not look like much at first, but in my opinion this is the greatest single photograph ever taken in all of human history. This tiny pale blue dot is Earth and I don’t think that anybody has ever said something as amazing about this as Carl Sagan when he said, “If you look at it, you see a dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever lived, lived out their lives. The aggregate of all our joys and sufferings. Thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines. Every hunter and every forager. Every hero and coward. Every creator and destroyer of civilizations. Every king and every peasant. Every young couple in love. Every hopeful child. Every mother and every father. Every inventor and explorer. Every teacher of morals. Every corrupt politician. Every superstar. Every Supreme Leader. Every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there, on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.” Voyager 1 is currently traveling at 17 kilometers every single second, but even at that speed it won’t break out of the reach of our solar system for another 30,000 years. Once we go beyond the solar system, we arrive in our interstellar neighborhood. Here we shift to the Lightyear unit of measurement which is the distance that light travels in a full earth year or about 9.461 trillion kilometers. The star Proxima Centauri here, is the closest other star to us other than our Sun, but it’s still 4.24 light-years away from us. To put that into perspective, if it was heading in the right direction, it would still take Voyager 1 over 70,000 years to reach it. In other words, if you drove your car at 100 kilometers an hour like in our previous example to The Moon it would take over six times longer than the entire age of the universe is just to finally get there and it wouldn’t even exist still when you arrived. When we zoom out even further, we can see the entire Milky Way galaxy. Inside of which, Earth is located right here. This yellow dot is the farthest extent of humanity’s radio broadcasts throughout history. Which means that any possible aliens who live outside of this range are totally unaware of humanity’s presence. It’s complete silence outside of this yellow dot as far as we are currently aware, but the entire galaxy spans over 100,000 light-years from end to end. There are over 100 billion stars and over 100 billion planets inside of our galaxy, but you have never seen the full glory of the galaxy at night. Because 99% of the stars that you can see with the naked eye are limited to this small tiny region right here. But even this massive galaxy is nothing compared to the rest of what’s out to there. Zooming out even further and we arrive at the local group of galaxies. A collection of 54 different galaxies that is about 10 million light-years across. But zooming out even further and we can see the Virgo Supercluster. Of which the local group here is just a tiny segment of. There are at least 100 other groups of galaxies just like our own local group inside of here. And the distance from one side to the other is a mind-numbing 110 million light-years But even the massive Virgo supercluster is nothing but a quiet and tiny lobe of the great Laniakea Supercluster. An enormous structure that is home to our galaxies as well as 100,000 other galaxies. The distance from one side to the other is 520 million light-years. But from even there, we can zoom out all the way to the entire observable universe and see that even the Titanic Laniakea Supercluster is just a tiny and insignificant part of everything. This is the observable universe and it contains everything that we know of. It is home to at least 2 trillion different individual galaxies. Which together contain more stars than there are grains of sand on the entire Earth. The distance from Earth to any side of the observable universe is 46.5 billion light-years. Which means that the entire width is 93 billion light-years across. What’s perhaps even more interesting however is what actually lies beyond the observable universe. Keep in mind that the observable universe is all that we can currently see. And it’s entirely possible that the rest of the universe outside of it is vastly larger and more fantastic than we can possibly ever imagine. We simply don’t know what else is out there. Because the light from these incredibly distant places has not yet had enough time in the universe’s history to reach us yet, back on Earth and the light from some places may never reach us at all. Because some parts of space very far away from Earth are expanding away from us faster than the speed of light. That means that the light from these places will never in an infinite amount of time, reach Earth. Meaning that even if Humanity is eternal and exists forever, there will still be an unknown number of places in the universe that we will never know about or ever see. So it is very likely that It’s unbelievably enormous as it seems, the observable universe is just a tiny slice of what we can currently see of the entire universe. According to the Theory of Cosmic Inflation that was proposed by Dr. Alan Guth. If it is assumed that cosmic inflation began at 10 to the -37th of a second after the Big Bang and with the assumption that the size of the universe before inflation began was equal to its age times the speed of light. Then this would seem to suggest that at the present day, the entire universe is 150 sextillion times larger than the observable universe. That number for reference looks like this. With this many zeros, let this number sink in for just a moment. This would be similar to you thinking that the entire observable universe. Everything that you could see was the size of a light bulb, but then realizing that in reality, the entire universe is larger than the former planet of Pluto. 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100 thoughts on “How the Universe is Way Bigger Than You Think

  1. Jyst wait a minute…man never went to moon….dont fool people in this tecno world….becayse memosphere..we csnt go to moon….dont fool us by showing nevada desert ….

  2. Anyone who truly grasps their proportionality to space-time goes instantly mad. Fortunately, we're not equipped to grasp it, so we can all watch this video safely.

  3. I think the universe is finite because after the observable universe lies nothing just darkness (Infinite darkness) and it cant be infinite because big bang not lasted for ever and creating more and more things in universe.Yes it lasted long and that's why the universe is so big because it was travelling at high speed and the universe was expanding but
    -If it lasted forever just expanding the universe and creating planets,galaxys,stars then the universe will be infinite
    -UNIVERSE IS NOT INFINITE

  4. Just me but I have never gotten in the photo of voyager 1 taking a picture of earth is that the sun is more than 1 million times bigger than our earth is but we can’t see the sun we see earth

  5. something wrong with the numbers here… it says it will take 30,000 years to breach our solar system?? But it has already done that. And, it will take it, at its current speed, to come close to another star in another 40,000 years?

  6. What if when we die we become something else somewhere else in the universe ?

    Also I think to myself,
    Everyone wants to know if other forms of “life” exists on another planet but sometimes I wonder What if something else besides “life” exists out there in the universe ?
    It makes sense because we are all living this “life” here on earth yet our brains can’t understand what life is,
    why we’re here or what the point of life is.
    so why wouldn’t something else that isn’t “life” not exist out there ?

  7. Bro, we dont know whats in the water of oceans on our planet, there are even tribes of people we didnt discover yet. we have no ideas what our brain is and how does it work, yet its the part of us, in our heads, an organ that we dont know anything about, yet we want to discover universe… Haha to that… Good luck, have fun… Its just spending money… yet many people dont have enough money to live another day on earth, and still, there are people spending money building bombs, creating death showers that are capable of destroying all we know in just couple of hours… Go on, discover the universe… see whats beyound………………………………………………………………………………………………..

  8. It's so strange that once you watch some videos on space, you get weird attraction to watch more about it. It's like a trap. Once you fall in it, you can't get out easily.

  9. My comments on wonderful piece of information:

    1. WTF
    2. We all are probably just another science project homework, that some high level beings bring to its class.
    3. If I can blast any music across this freaking universe, I would play Pink Floyd – Echoes (Live in Pompeii)

    Thanks for giving me stress

  10. If you truly want to be mind fucked then ask yourself why anything even exists at all. What are the odds that there is something? How did something come out of nothing? Trying to imagine that complete nothingness makes me feel sadness for some reason but then it reminds me that we should be grateful for existing or even be able to have these kind of thoughts.
    I believe this is how religion started because people need an anchor they can hold on to before turning into sadness/madness.

  11. Sadly, we never will understand the universe… How und why it was "born" and what goal it has. I dont even like the theories of what will happen when the universe "dies". For me those theories are no real statement. The universe must have a bigger sense..There MUST be an explanation!

  12. 6:46 At the risk of sounding stupid, how can we observe the edges of the observable universe if it takes the light from those edges over 46 billion years to make them observable when the current theoretical age of the universe is only slightly over 13 billion years?

  13. So if there actually was a big bang, then what came before it? If the universe is constantly expanding, as if there's an outer edge, then what's beyond that? Of course every answer raises question, but the problem with our minds is that we want to see a beginning and an end to everything that is linear. But what if the universe is empty space that goes on forever and ever infinitely? It makes us ask "how can there be a vast 'nothing' to exist when we want to see 'something'". I guess nothing equals infinity. But it is still hard to imagine how the universe can infinitely go on and on forever when we always look for an end to something. If there is no something there, then perhaps it is infinite. So if the theory of infinity is true, then what about all that hydrogen. The stuff of the universe which is an element so very basic. This raises more question. Where did it come from? What was before it? Now comes the question of time. Is this vast universe something that's been around infinitely and we best not even look for an answer? Because every answer raises more question. It makes my brain hurt.

  14. I think there ist life out there. But maybe they can't communicate either, or are not that intelligent to communicate. Maybe their planet died and collapsed with their sun, same as our earth will do in millions and millions of years, but we'll never know

  15. Can anyone answer me why are we even born in this huge universe? What's life's purpose? Why are we greedy over small useless possessions(money,cars,houses, bfs,gfs)? Is there a god? Why any doing in life seems meaningless?
    If you have any answers for any question above please reply.
    Have a meaningful day🎯

  16. God will reveal everything to those who make it to heaven. He will show them ALL of his creation. Things known and unknown. Our brain is too small to realize whats out there, we are very limited and weak, almost insignificant.

  17. I’m just sad that I won’t be around when people are able to travel to a different universe in the span of a second. Like, imagine how simple life now would be compared to the future where scientists might have already discovered how to teleport, where people might actually befriended aliens! That just saddens me. Not scared to die but scared that I won’t be able to experience these things…

  18. And people have the audacity to think we’re alone in the universe when it’s this damn massive. It’s just ignorant to think that we are alone when presented with this information.

  19. A very insightful guide to how minuscule our place in the grand scheme of the universe is.
    I wonder what the brainwashed flat earth freaks have to say about this…

  20. What’s the point in doing anything when it’ll make no impact in on the cosmic scale. We are all so insignificant that we might as well curl up and die.

  21. I think we all live under a dome. Each continent is under a dome with forcefields that bind them.Once you leave your habitat you are considered an Illegal Alien. Think. Why do we need passports,cause we're passing through different portals .Portals of time & space. Also..with the big bang/flood it rose the platform up & put us closer to the Sun ( A Big Ball Of Fire ) that we call LIGHT. Who is the light bearer…. Satan. Who was kicked out in a ball of fire…Satan. Who's symbols are on money & all around US….Satans. So..Ppl…. Need to understand…No Matter What We Do ……We Are Still Under Satan's Contract & It's him & his crew that has taken care of humanity since he took over. Sad,But True. ( Bless You All & Hope You All Are Safe Out Of Harms Way & Have Food.Water & Shelter ). Peace Be Onto You All…………..

  22. Is this video made for a stupid 11 year old girl who wanted to know how God see her???
    Or am I the most stupid person in the universe wanted to understand this very early?
    I know I'm too young to know that but still watching it 😅

  23. I heard somewhere that despite our size, we're still on the larger end of the scale compared to an atom and the observable universe. Is that true?

  24. I sometimes sit for hours trying to comprehend things like this and time and death and after thinking about it for any considerable amount of time I find myself overwhelmed. I try but I believe it is an impossibility to comprehend and I don't know if it's that or the uncertainty of it all but it scares me and borderline causes depression for days.

  25. If you want to know the entire universe, just surrender your lives to Jesus Christ now. He promises us eternal life, if we do this. And eternal life is (also) to know the entire universe. Thank you!

  26. It is said in the bible that God created the universe with the "tips of His fingers." He created the big bang in an instant. Don't get your mind to wrapped up in all this when there is a creator who made it all with ease. He knows every single detail of the universe and beyond, named all the stars, and from what I have read, knows the number of hairs on your head, created you, and loves you. Think about the power and ability God has to make all this, with just the tips of his fingers. Now you want to talk about having your mind completely blown? We can get to know this creator. We can actually talk to Him and he hears us. If you want access to God, he made it simple for us little humans. With are wondering and limited minds, he did the one thing that we would be able to understand. He once in time became human himself through a man named Jesus Christ. And through Jesus, we can have access to God, for Jesus himself is God. What blows mind the most and is something I can comprehend is the same God who is the creator of all things made this earth special and beautiful for all of us, and that he doesn't just care for us, he loves us and wants to be a big part of are lives. And all it takes is to believe in the one He sent and you can have it all. Humble yourself before the Lord Jesus Christ, ask Him to show himself to you and for him to give you a new heart. That's it! The same God of the universe made himself known to this earth in the form of a man. I'm telling you the truth, jesus is the way to life here on earth, he is the way to salvation and to heaven. God planted in every person's heart that there is a God. Want to know him? There is only ONE way. JESUS CHRIST.

  27. And these so called smart humans say all these things came to be in their own power, from a Big Boom billions of years ago….

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