Numbers and Size on a Universal Scale

Think the Sun is Big? Think Again.

A little perspective. Our nearest star, the sun, is tiny compared to a Hyper Giant like VY Canis Majoris. VY Canis Majoris, viewable in the southern hemisphere, is more than a billion miles wide! That makes its diameter roughly the same as Jupiter’s orbit! Take a look at this video or the infographics that follow to see what I mean.

Here’s a graphic perspective if you don’t want to watch the video.

Astral perspective - stars
Jupiter’s orbit compare to it’s neighbors. The inner planets aren’t shown.
gas_orbitsAstral perspective - galaxies

I am often humbled by the sheer numbers and scale of the KNOWN universe. Imagine what we don’t know.

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