-Wrote this up just then for a page I’m running on Facebook, just thought I’d share because it’s pretty mind blowing.
DO YOU REALISE JUST HOW MANY STARS THERE ARE ALL AROUND US??
Scientists estimate that there are somewhere around 10^24 stars spread throughout the universe, which is 10 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 or one SEPTILLION.
(That’s 10 followed by 24 zeros)
Even more conservative estimates still predict that there are over 10 times the amount of grains of sand ON THE ENTIRE PLANET!!
Bear in mind that humans have never ventured to another star system other than our own.
The closest star to us (Besides the Sun, DERR!) is Proxima Centauri which is 4.24 light years away. This means it would take 4.24 years for light from the star to reach our eyes as we look up.
REMEMBER that when you click your fingers, *snap*, light would have already circled the Earth 7 times. Now imagine travelling in a spaceship at that speed (299 kilometers a second) and it would still take 4 years to reach just the nearest star!!
THE UNIVERSE IS FUCKING BIG.
I need to sit down.
Just like pick a random spot in the sky to look at, a small coin at hands length kind of space; behind that spot is eventually another galaxy, filled with again a number of stars greater then conceivable outside of mathematics, visualization is useless