Outer Space

7 Space Facts From NASA That Will Make You Feel Very Small

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Our home Planet, Earth, is the fifth largest planet in all of our solar system – and the only one in which we are certain that life exists.

To us, the planet is massive, but in perspective of the entire universe it’s nothing but a spec of dust. Less than one grain of sand, in 100,000 billion. Exemplifying this notion, are 7 awesome facts from NASA that should make you feel tiny.




 

1. Our sun is just one of 100 billion stars, in the Milky Way

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2. Even at the speed of light, it would take over 100,000 years to traverse the entire Milky Way

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3. Roughly 70% of the universe is made of Dark Energy, all observed matter only accounts for 5% of the Universe

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4. If the sun were as big as your standard front door, the earth would be the size of a nickel

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5. The sun accounts for nearly all of the mass in our solar system, the planets and everything else only make up 0.2% of this space

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6. Edwin Hubble discovered that the Universe is expanding, and that at one point roughly 14 billion years ago, it expanded from a single point of time and space

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7. Voyager 1 is the furthest man-made object to have ever left earth, it is currently more than 11 billion miles from our Sun

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Image Credit: NASA

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Jamie is an amateur astronomer and every day space geek.