The following image will no doubt amaze and or scare you. It might make you ponder our insignificance in space, it might not, but it most probably will. It’s a gif image, so wait for it to load – by the time you’ve read this far it will already start flicking through pictures of planets and stars contained within our solar system, in order from smallest (Earth’s moon) to largest (VY Canis Majoris – 3000 million km in diameter and 4,900 light years away from our planet)
To put this into some sort of perspective:
- In one second light travels 300,000 km, which is 7 trips around Earth.
- The closest star to us that we can see in our night sky is Alpha Centuari and is 4.5 light years from Earth.
- 1 light year is 9.5 trillion kms away.
- You can fit 1 million planet Earths into our Sun.
- You can fit 1 billion Suns into VY Canis Majoris!
- A lot of these stars have planets orbiting them, just like we orbit the Sun (a star).
- It is estimated that there are as many as 50 billion planets in our galaxy, most of which are as large as Jupiter.
- There are said to be as many as 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone.
- Over 2 million galaxies have been counted, but it is estimated there could be as many as 100 million.
- The visible universe is about 15,000 million light years in size.
- If our planet is the only one in the entire universe that contains intelligent life, then we are really alone.
To view the image as a single jpg rather than an animated gif, click here.
Here’s something else that might bend your noodle – Look outside your window and take a peek at the stars, yes they don’t seem so small now do they? Since these stars are about 500 light years away (takes 500 years for their light to reach Earth and therefore be visible by our eyes) you are actually looking at space as it was 500 years ago.
Yes, you just saw the past.
In the Simpsons a hilarious running gag was McBain and his macho action man appearance and poorly worded one liners; a clear parody of Arnold Schwarzenegger and all his movies. In true early Simpsons spirit the character was never overplayed and was given just the right amount of screen time, which was on the Simpsons TV at the start of a few episodes; if you put all these short segments together you get McBain: the Movie! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen, can’t wait for the sequel: ‘You Have the Right to Remain Dead’
Dragonball Z is probably the best show ever made; this is a great scene from the Buu saga of DBZ which shows Vegeta and his son Trunks training in a gravity chamber. Trunks turns super saiyan for the first time, effortlessly, which stabs Vegeta’s pride because he worked so hard to achieve the state and has to watch his son surpass him at such a young age. He then realises that his time is up and his only chance of surpassing Goku is by training his son to be stronger than Goku’s son Goten. If you never watched DBZ then this will no doubt sound like a mess to you, but if you had a childhood, then you will love this!
When Steve Jobs died the other day Facebook was full of ‘RIP Steve Jobs’ posts, as though people really cared that he had died. Sure you wouldn’t have an iPhone if it wasn’t for him, but it’s not like you knew the guy, and people die, it’s not a huge deal. I wrote a post in response to this that was all in good fun. However; I just saw a video of a speech Steve made to a group of graduating students at Stanford University, and it revealed the humanity in the man I never knew. I still don’t know him, and I still don’t care about or mourn his death, but I still respect him as a person; for following his dreams. Rest in peace to Steve Jobs and every man and woman who has passed before and after him, and rest in peace to anyone who has died in the time I have typed this, you will all be missed by someone, somewhere.
Some people need to stop posting on Facebook every second thought that happens to knock on their head. No one wants to read it, and I’m suprised people actually want to write it. No, I don’t give a shit what you ate for breakfast, I don’t mind if you inform Facebook every now and then, but every single day? You had cereal for breakfast, or you had an ice cream after dinner, who the fuck cares!? Do you have any idea how many people are reading this? You have over 400 friends, yet you only keep in touch with maybe 5 of them, so why don’t you just delete all your friends but those 5 so we don’t all have to read your shit. Another thing, posting up some poorly written block of words, about cancer or something, then reposting it and encouraging others to do so, is not making any difference, it’s not ‘raising awareness’, we already know that cancer sucks and it kills people. And joining Facebook groups is not the same as donating money to charity, you can’t just click ‘like’ or ‘join group’ and say to yourself ‘ah, well I feel I’ve made a difference today, now to tell everyone what I just did, followed by what I’m going to eat afterwards, and then rant about how my favourite TV show is so awesome, and how I can’t wait to watch it tonight’.