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These 11 fascinating photos show how tiny our planet is in the vastness of the universe

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Actually, our planet is usually quite large: flights between the continents take half a day, cruises over oceans weeks. Compared to the expansion of the earth, we feel ourselves small.

Often, however, the vast expanses beyond our atmosphere are forgotten – and especially how tiny our oasis of life is given the dimensions of the universe.

Former astronomer Carl Sagan wrote in his book ” Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space “:

“There may be no better proof of the folly of human vanities than this image of our little world from afar. For me, it underlines our responsibility to be more friendly with each other and to cherish and appreciate this pale blue dot. It is the only home we will ever have “.

How small is the earth really compared to the rest of the universe? These photos give a perspective: 

n this photograph of NASA’s Cassini from 2013, the earth appears under the rings of Saturn as a tiny dot (to be found with the arrow). From here, the earth is 1.4 billion kilometers away.

In this photograph of NASA's Cassini from 2013, the earth appears under the rings of Saturn as a tiny dot (to be found with the arrow).  From here, the earth is 1.4 billion kilometers away.

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

NASA Goddard Spaceflight Center

In this photograph, the contours of North America are projected onto the surface of Jupiter, found next to the Great Red Spot. The constant hurricane at the center of the phenomenon on the gas planet would devour the whole continent.

In this photograph, the contours of North America are projected onto the surface of Jupiter, found next to the Great Red Spot.  The constant hurricane at the center of the phenomenon on the gas planet would devour the whole continent.

John Brady at Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

The rings of Saturn are one of the most beautiful appearances of the cosmos, but around the (tiny) earth they would seem out of place …

The rings of Saturn are one of the most beautiful appearances of the cosmos, but around the (tiny) earth they would seem out of place ...

John Brady on Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

The rings of Saturn are as wide as six earths side by side. They consist of ice crystals and rocks, which are usually less than one meter in diameter.

The rings of Saturn are as wide as six earths side by side.  They consist of ice crystals and rocks, which are usually less than one meter in diameter.

John Brady on Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

Mars could become a second home for humanity, but the Red Planet is only half the size of Earth. That’s what the dimensions of the North American continent on Mars would look like.

Mars could become a second home for humanity, but the Red Planet is only half the size of Earth.  That's what the dimensions of the North American continent on Mars would look like.

John Brady on Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

The largest volcano in our solar system is called Olympus Mons and is located on Mars. On Earth, the gigantic mountain would cover almost all of Arizona.

The largest volcano in our solar system is called Olympus Mons and is located on Mars.  On Earth, the gigantic mountain would cover almost all of Arizona.

John Brady on Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

The Jupiter Moon Io is the most geologically active moon in our solar system with 400 volcanoes. North America has 100.

The Jupiter Moon Io is the most geologically active moon in our solar system with 400 volcanoes.  North America has 100.

John Brady on Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

Jupiter’s more legendary moon Europe is four times smaller than Earth. But under his ice sheet there should be more water than in all earth oceans together.

Jupiter's more legendary moon Europe is four times smaller than Earth.  But under his ice sheet there should be more water than in all earth oceans together.

The sun makes up 99.66 percent of the mass of all celestial bodies in our solar system. They would fit 1.3 million earths.

The sun makes up 99.66 percent of the mass of all celestial bodies in our solar system.  They would fit 1.3 million earths.

John Brady at Astronomy Central

By John Brady, founder of the blog  Astronomy Central .

Our solar system is tiny compared to our galaxy, the Milky Way. We can be found on this photograph as a small point south of the center with the inscription “Sun”. According to astronomers, there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy.

Our solar system is tiny compared to our galaxy, the Milky Way. We can be found on this photograph as a small point south of the center with the inscription “Sun”. According to astronomers, there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy.

Our solar system is tiny compared to our galaxy, the Milky Way.  We can be found on this photograph as a small point south of the center with the inscription "Sun".  According to astronomers, there are 100 billion stars in our galaxy.

NASA / JPL-Caltech / ESO / R

From NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Cal-Tech University and the European Southern Observatory.

The red dot shows the position of the Milky Way in the super cluster of galaxies called Laniakea (Translated: “immense sky”). And to ponder a few words of astronomer Sagan: “We are like butterflies that flutter for a day and think it is forever”.

The red dot shows the position of the Milky Way in the super cluster of galaxies called Laniakea (Translated: "immense sky").  And to ponder a few words of astronomer Sagan: "We are like butterflies that flutter for a day and think it is forever".

Nature Video / YouTube

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