Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The scale of the universe

Some time ago, a friend sent me these images showing the relative scales of the planets in our solar system.

I looked online to see if I could find the person who originally created them, but wasn't able to, so I can't attribute them as I'd like to. There's something fascinating and reassuring in this for me. Most likely the impact of seeing what is so huge and therefore so much more significant than the little things I worry about during the day. I get a similar reassurance from driving through the mountains, and specifically through Big Thompson Canyon, where the huge stone bluffs dwarf any objects at human scale.

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