Space is Fucking Huge!

Not that a lot of people haven’t noted this fact before (myself included) but when I actually get down to thinking about it I feel like it almost blows my mind how fucking gigantic space is.  Take for example our own solar system.  We all know the order of the planets (and if you don’t it is, from closest to the sun to furthest, Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  Pluto is no longer considered a true planet but it is beyond Neptune most of the time) and have probably seen an images of these celestial spheres nicely lined up at some time or another.  The thing is that no image is even remotely accurate.  Think of this, Saturn, the sixth planet, is almost the same distance from Jupiter as Jupiter itself is from the sun.  And guess what, Jupiter is god damn far away, about 5.2 A.U.s from the Sun (1 A.U., Astronomical Unit, equals the average distance between the Earth and the Sun).  At it’s furthest, Neptune is almost 30.5 A.U.s from the Sun.  This is just our Solar System, we haven’t even gotten to light years yet, which, to say the least, is really really far away considering that light travels pretty fucking fast.  While I find it fascinating, the overwhelming hugeness of existence, I also have to admit it is a little disheartening because it makes Earth and all of us seem so utterly tiny and remote as to be almost inconsequential (which I guess, in Universe consideration, we kind of are).  Still it is cool shit and it is pretty amazing that we’ve sent spacecrafts (albeit unmanned ones) out past Pluto.  When the Cassini Orbiter, which is currently surveying the moons of Saturn, went past Jupiter it still had more than half of it’s journey to go (the Cassini mission was launched in 1997 and reached Saturn’s Titan in 2005, almost eight years later).  That is a long long distance to travel.

~ by Nathaniel on February 15, 2008.

2 Responses to “Space is Fucking Huge!”

  1. When you’re done thinking about that, rewind it and consider the other end of the spectrum. From the telescope to the microscope.

    Then if you put it all together, it’s really mind numbing.

  2. I like this post.

    I’m doing a little research for a presentation that I’m beginning with some context. For me, the context that surrounds EVERY issue is that we live on a BALL heated by another BURNING BALL ninety-three million miles away. We revolve around this burning ball, which makes our ball heat up in different areas at different times. Which makes food grow. Oh yeah, and we rotate at the same time, which makes it light half the time and dark half the time, depending where you are on the ball, and we time our sleeping with that. You know, sleep. Where you close your eyes and lay motionless for EIGHT HOURS or so.

    All of which begs the question: What the hell is going on??

    And the answer is, of course: no one has any fucking clue. No one. No clue.

    Okay, now let’s begin our presentation!

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