Monday, June 25, 2012

Amazing(ly Long) Infographic About the Scale of Our Solar System

It looks like there might be some actual U.S. news events to write about this week, which would be a bit of a change from the last month. I hope to get to some of those later in the week, but I was utterly fascinated by this infographic today, so I had to share it with you. It shows our entire solar system to scale (including a couple of dwarf planets only recently discovered that I didn't know about - have you heard of Haumea and Makemake?) - the distances involved in only our solar system are truly mind-boggling, and when you extrapolate out into the entire universe ... well, it's a reminder that, on a cosmic scale, nothing we do here matters in the least, so stop worrying about things. I do believe this is the longest infographic I've ever posted - I'm pretty sure it alone more than doubles the length of my home page. Voila:

Via Daily Infographic.

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