We are pretty small…

This is a (zoom-able) *billion pixel image of the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

Image S.Guisard / ESO, © Stéphane Guisard “Los Cielos de Chile”


See the white ‘haze’? Zoom in… Those are all stars. All Suns. Let me repeat that: those are all SUNS! Every one of them. IMAGINE what’s out there!

And this is an image of a pretty small section of the sky. Imagine repeating that many, many, many more times over the entire sky. Then realize that this is an image of a small part of the middle of only ONE galaxy. Our galaxy; the Milky Way.

Click here to see how many galaxies are hiding behind a pinhead held at arms length!


If that doesn’t turn your brain into mush, start again at the top until all remnants of ‘Honey Boo Boo’ and ‘My Super Sweet 16’ are erased.

*It’s 24,000 x 14,000 pixels. A combination of 3 images at 330 million pixels each. This mosaic was assembled from 52 different sky fields made from 1200 individual images and 200 hours total exposure time. Holy cow…

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