It’s big

In the previous post, I lamented that handling failure wasn’t a lesson that we teach folks very well.

Here’s one way to cope with it.  Remind yourself how big the universe really is.

The Atlas of the Universe can help.  It shows the universe around our Sun at different scales from 12.5 light years to 14 billion light years.

It’s nice to know that the closest star in our relatively crowded galaxy is a mere 4.5 light years away.  That doesn’t sound too bad, does it?  Why not send a probe?  Well Voyager, which moves at a brisk 35,000 miles per hour, would take more than 10,000 years to get there.

The center of our galaxy is roughly 20,000 light years away.  And there are several hundred billion galaxies out there.

Here’s another interesting look at the scale of objects around us.

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