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How Small We Really Are- The Astonishing Truth About The Size Of Our Universe

by Luke Miller

Check out this video it shows just a few stars from a few galaxies which really puts into perspective the size of our earth. Let’s not forget that there are roughly 100 billion galaxies that we know of, all containing around 100 billion stars.

Now, once you watch this video scroll down the page because there are some absolutely mind blowing statistics about the universe that may give you some trouble sleeping tonight.

Now are you ready to have your mind blown?

The universe is thought to be approximately 13.8 billion years old, with the radius of the observable universe being around 46.6 billion light years and the diameter is thought to be a staggering 93 billion light years.

The speed of lights is 670,616,629 mph, which means if we moved at the speed of light for a year we would travel around 6 trillion miles, or to get a little closer to the exact figure 5,878,497,952,654.49

Just to put things into perspective- if we travelled around the earth at the speed of light for just 1 hour we would lap the earth nearly 27,000 times.

Now, if we travelled at this speed it would take us- 546,700,309,596,867,570,000,000 (five hundred forty-six sextillion, seven hundred quintillion, three hundred nine quadrillion, five hundred ninety-six trillion, eight hundred sixty-seven billion, five hundred seventy million) years to travel across the observable universe and it may go even further, possibly infinitely.

That’s a pretty big number!

Now picture this in your mind- You are at the biggest beach you have ever been to, one of those beaches where the sand runs as far as the eye can see, then add to this picture every other beach in the world, and then further to that every desert and every other grain of sand on this planet….. Our planet in the grand scheme of things represents less than 1 grain of that sand or at least it does according to a study from the University of Hawaii.

I know it is impossible to actually measure this information with any real accuracy, but there is a study from the University of Hawaii who estimated that we have multiple stars for every grain of sand. This study should not be taken to literally as in reality we have no real way to know this for certain. But you can read more about it here

Now just to spin your wheels a little bit more, you will also find more molecules in 10 drops of water than you will find stars in the universe or grains of sand on the earth, so things go even deeper inward than they do outwards and while the universal world is gigantic, so is the microscopic world if you look at it in the right way.

So I’m sorry to break it to you, but we really are quite insignificant-

So make sure you remember this next time you spill a glass of milk, your children are misbehaving or you don’t get that job you were really hoping for. We are merely a tiny particle floating around in a space that our minds cannot even comprehend. It is just a ride, a ride that we are a very small part of! So try to enjoy it while it lasts.

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My name is Luke Miller & I am the owner & creator of Potential For Change I believe that spirituality is the foundations for good health & I like to blend psychology & spirituality to help you find more purpose & happiness in your life. My other interests include health, not just on a physical level but also on a collective level & have a keen interest in education & truth seeking. You can find my Facebook page HERE , YouTube HERE & Twitter HERE Click here to read more articles by Luke Miler

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KOI-5Ab, the curious planet that orbits in a system of three suns

Photo: (Caltech / R. Hurt (IPAC))

To us, the Sun alone seems perfectly normal, but our solar system is actually a strange exception.

Most stars in the Milky Way galaxy have at least one companion star. In a system 1,800 light-years away, astronomers have finally confirmed the existence of a gas giant planet orbiting stars in a triple star system.

Called KOI-5, the system is located in the constellation Cygnus, and the exoplanet was confirmed ten years after it was first detected by the Kepler space telescope.

In fact, the planet – now known as KOI-5Ab – was discovered by Kepler when it began operations back in 2009.

“KOI-5Ab was dropped because it was difficult and we had thousands of other candidates,” astronomer David Siardi of NASA’s Exoplanet Science Institute said.

“There were lighter dives than the KOI-5Ab, and every day we learned something new from Kepler, so the KOI-5 was almost forgotten.”

Exoplanet hunters tend to avoid the complexities of multi-star systems; of the more than 4,300 exoplanets confirmed to date, less than 10 percent are multi-star systems, although such systems dominate the galaxy. As a result, little is known about the properties of exoplanets in multi-star systems compared to those orbiting a lone star.

After Kepler’s discovery, Chardy and other astronomers used ground-based telescopes such as the Palomar Observatory, Keck Observatory, and the Gemini North Telescope to study the system. By 2014, they had identified two companion stars, KOI-5B and KOI-5C.

Scientists were able to establish that the planet KOI-5Ab, is a gas giant that is about half the mass of Saturn and 7 times the size of Earth, and is in a very close five-day orbit around KOI-5A. KOI-5A and KOI-5B, both of roughly the same mass as the Sun, form a relatively close binary system with an orbital period of about 30 years.

A third star, KOI-5C, orbits the binary system at a much greater distance, with a period of about 400 years – slightly longer than Pluto’s 248-year orbit.

“By studying this system in more detail, perhaps we can understand how planets are created in the universe.”

The discovery was announced at the 237th meeting of the American Astronomical Society.

Why the universe does not fit into science

Science can be compared to an artist painting what he has never seen, or to a writer describing other people’s travels: objects that he has never seen, places where he has never been. Sometimes such scientific “arts” turn out to be beautiful and interesting, but most of them will forever remain only theories, because they are beyond human capabilities.

In fact, science has the right only to speculate: how our universe appeared, how old it is, how many stars and other objects it contains.

How many stars are there in the sky?

With an unarmed eye, a person can see about nine thousand stars in the sky in one cloudless and moonless night. And armed with binoculars or a telescope, much more – up to several million. However, this is much less than their true number in the universe. Indeed, only in our one galaxy (the Milky Way) there are about 400 billion stars. The exact amount, of course, is not known to science. And the visible universe contains about 170 billion galaxies.

It is worth clarifying that scientists can see the universe 46 billion light years deep in all directions. And the visible (observable) universe includes the space accessible to our eyes from the moment of the Big Explosion. In other words, only this (accessible to human perception) space science refers to our universe. Science does not consider everything that follows.

It is believed that there are supposedly a ceptillion (10 to 24 degrees) stars in our universe. These are theoretical calculations based on the approximate size and age of the universe. The origin of the universe is explained by the Big Bang theory. This is why the universe is constantly expanding and the more time passes, the more complex the universe and its components become.

It is not entirely correct to consider and perceive this scientific theory “head-on”. Scientists always claim that that explosion was not exactly an explosion, and the point that exploded was not the only one. After all, it was everywhere, because space did not exist then. And in general – everything happened quite differently from what is described in the Big Bang theory, but all other descriptions of the origin of the universe are even more incredible and inaccurate.

Separate but interconnected

That which is beyond the reach of human perception is usually discarded by science, or recognized as non-existent. Recognizing one thing, science does not want to recognize the existence of the other, although everything in our world is interconnected and is not able to exist separately – by itself.

Each object of the universe is a part of it much more than an independent, separate object.

Any person, like any material object of our world, consists of components: organs, cells, molecules, atoms. And each of its constituent parts can represent the whole world. Separate, and at the same time connected with all the others.

However, science, as a rule, perceives all the components of the universe – people, animals, plants, objects, the Earth, the Sun, other planets and stars – as separate subjects, thereby limiting itself.

Even what is considered the visible universe, one of the atoms of which could be called our solar system, is not subject to the boundaries of human perception. But perhaps the atom is an exaggeration, and our solar system is not even an atom, but one of its elements!

How, being so far from the truth, can one reason about something with the degree of probability with which science tries to reason about the origin of the universe?

An unexplained wobble shifts the poles of Mars

The red planet sways from side to side like a whirligig when it loses speed. The new study allowed scientists to notice that the poles of Mars deviate slightly from the axis of rotation of the planet. On average, they move 10 cm from the center with a period of 200 days.

Such changes are called the Chandler Oscillations  – after the American astronomer Seth Chandler, who discovered them in 1891. Previously, they were only seen on Earth. It is known that the displacement of the poles of rotation of our planet occurs with a period of 433 days, while the amplitude reaches 15 meters. There is no exact answer why this is happening. It is believed that the fluctuations are influenced by processes in the ocean and the Earth’s atmosphere.

Chandler’s wobbles on Mars are equally perplexing. The authors of the study discovered them by comparing data from 18 years of studying the planet. The information was obtained thanks to three spacecraft that orbit the Red Planet: Mars Odyssey, Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter and Mars Global Surveyor.

Since Mars has no oceans, it is likely that the Red Planet’s wobbly rotation is due to changes in atmospheric pressure. This is the first explanation that researchers have shared. In the future, there should be new details about the fluctuations that have so interested the scientific community.