“A Cosmic Reality Check” by Khaled Rajeh

Sandwiched between Hydra-Centaurus and Pavo-Indus, the Virgo Supercluster, one of several lobes of one of several million larger superclusters in the observable universe, spans around 110 million light-years in diameter.

On the outskirts of this supercluster, in a short filament extending from the Fornax to the Virgo Cluster, lies the Local Group, whose volume is very approximately one seven-thousandth that of the Virgo Supercluster.

Accounting for a mere one fifteen-millionth of the Local Group’s size, the Milky Way contains 200-400 billion identifiable stars and over 100 billion planets within the 100,000-120,000 light-years of its boundaries.

Orbiting this galaxy’s center once every 220-250 million years, at around 828,000 km/h, is a relatively infinitesimal yellow star.

Held in this star’s gravitational field, and about 1,300,000 times less voluminous, is a gas covered blue-green planet whose superior carbon-based life forms still largely believe that this whole universe was specifically designed for the sole purpose of having them in it.

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10 responses

  1. haha Well Said! 🙂

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  2. Remarkably egotistical, aren’t we humans! 😉
    Kathryn

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  3. excellent way of putting
    1. our psychological smallness in perspective,
    2. our rational acumen in focus.

    Why can’t we be happy with no. 2 only?

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  4. great piece. I look forward to following your posts! will read more of them later from home, am at work now, no time.

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  5. Humans are still holding on to the same mindset prevalent when we believed the Earth was flat and the sun revolved around us. Great way of putting it.

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  6. I love this! I did a similar post once, and I posted the “Pale Blue Dot” picture. We really are quite insignificant in the grand scheme of things.

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  7. Nailed it! I am going to use your story as an example of excellent writing — I’ll supply a link to this. Thank you!

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  8. It’s not size that matters… ;>)

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