A Little Perspective On The Universe
September 8, 2012 Leave a Comment
I recently came across a very interesting picture accurately showing how earth is positioned in the entire observable universe.
It does this in eight steps;
1. The Earth
2. Where the Earth is in the Solar System
3. Where the Solar System is in relation to the nearby Stars
4. Where the nearby Stars are in relation to the Milky Way Galaxy
5. Where the Milky Way is in relation to the nearby Galaxies (The Local Group)
6. Where the Local Group is in relation to the local Super Cluster of Galaxies (The Virgo Supercluster),
7. Where the Virgo Supercluster is in relation to the nearby Super Clusters of Galaxies
8. Where the Local Supercluster is in relation to the ENTIRE OBSERVABLE UNIVERSE.
I realize now that the earth is actually located at the dead center of the Observable Universe.
This is due to the fact that the observable universe consists of everything that we can observe in relation to the planet earth. This means that we can only observe approximately 14.6 billion light years in every direction, because observing light that had to travel farther than that would be over 14.6 billion years old, thus making it older than TIME.
So the next time someone tells you sarcastically that you think you are the center of the universe, just smile and tell them you are, in fact, at the center of the entire Observable Universe.
Note: The above image is a compressed file, for the full file, please click here to be able to view each section in full detail.