Our Solar System is really large from our perspective on our small blue planet. In the grand scheme of the Universe and other galaxies however, we are a speck of dust, if not smaller. I always find that reading Astronomy gives me such a broader perspective of my existence, and no matter how incomprehensibly large the Universe may seem, it gives me a sense of wonder and adventure.
The great science communicator, Carl Sagan in his book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space wrote some of the most poetic and beautiful pieces about our place in space. Here is one of my favorites:
“It has been said that astronomy is a humbling and character-building experience. There is perhaps no better demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world. To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we’ve ever known.”
You can see from the image below, Earth pales in comparison to the other planets. Can we just talk about how ginormous Jupiter is?!
Today, we know more than any civilization has ever known. And, we’ve only scratched the surface of what there is to know about our Universe. Never lose your sense of wonder. It’s what has kept our civilizations and humanity going for so long.