You could be excused for feeling fairly insignificant

picture of a glaxy clusterI’ve written a few posts lately about life, the Galaxy and everything. When you think we inhabit one small planet going around a pretty non-descript G class star in a spiral arm of the Milky Way galaxy, you could be excused for feeling fairly insignificant. In the scheme of things. After all, our run-of-the-mill galaxy is estimated to contain anywhere from 200-400 billion stars. That’s nine zeroes billion. 200,000,000,000 – 400,000,000,000.

But when you start looking at some of those amazing deep space photographs… Wow, just wow.

Those smudges of light are galaxies. The Hubble telescope took some very deep space photos, looking back in time to what is believed to be the beginning of the creation of the universe. Here’s the link. Please note, half way down the page it says this one shot shows an estimated ten thousandPicture of Star Wars Arkanis sector galaxies. In one little piece of sky. Let’s see now. 10,000 multiplied by 200,000,000,000 is 2,000,000,000,000,000. That’s a lot of stars. And that’s just a fraction, a tiny portion, of the galaxies out there.

Maybe, somewhere out there, is the galaxy far, far away, a long, long time ago. Suddenly it doesn’t seem so farfetched.


About Greta van der Rol

I'm an author of fast-paced, action-adventure novels, mainly space opera - although I've been known to write in other genres. I live not far from the coast in Queensland, Australia and enjoy photography and cooking when I'm not bent over the computer. I have a degree in history and a background in building information systems, both of which go a long way toward helping me in my writing endeavours.

Posted on 5 January 2013, in Science fact and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 6 Comments.

  1. Thanks for the numbers! Ya know, we could consider ourselves insignificant, but I bet the same might have been said about England at one point and look at the impact they had on the world.
    Just Friday ramlbings!

  2. When I was in college I took an astronomy class. One night we were allowed to use the massive telescope. We looked at Saturn. Jupiter. Pluto. A double star. The nearest spiral galaxy. The crab nebula. I cannot explain the feeling that came over me. I felt as if I was spying into my neighbor’s window. I remember thinking… this is how God sees us.
    It was so odd.

  3. Love the blog. My son is working on his doctorate in Physics at the CERN lab, proving the big bang. The universe fascinates me.

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