To experience the most beautiful, most wondrous sight known to mankind all we have to do is walk outside on a clear night and simply look up. Up above is the unknown, the limitless, the impossible made possible. Anything and everything that you could ever image has the possibility of existing out in the universe.
The sheer beauty of the night sky cannot be overstated. We are all connected to the universe and to each other, and this simple fact should be the most powerful and unifying ideology in existence. No wars, do fighting, no differences. We are all part of this planet earth, which is just one small drop in the vast ocean of many galaxies.
We are often very limited in our views and perceptions of the world. We are raised in one location and taught to believe a set number of things. Most people stay in one place their entire lives and never see the world. These actions all seem very limiting. We should explore, we should see the world, and we should experience all that nature has to offer. However, compared to the universe, the world is a very small place to explore.
It may be true that we have a massive place that we can see and experience, but what about extending that playground just into our solar system. There are 8 planets, dozens of moons, and thousands of asteroids that we can see and explore. Some may even be rich with life and have the potential to unlock vast amounts of knowledge and resources. What else is out there for us to experience?
Vastness of the Universe
The massive scale of the universe is possibly too large for us to be able to comprehend. We have all heard that there are more stars in the observable universe than grains of sand across all of the earth, but have you ever thought of the distance between each star?
Alpha Centauri is the closest star to ours at 4.3 light years away; that is over 25,000,000,000,000 miles away! If we take the average grain of sand to be 1mm wide, and our sun to be 2,713,406 miles across, then that would be like two grains of sand, representing our sun and Alpha Centauri, being 5.7 miles apart. These numbers are going to be a bit off, but for back of the napkin math, it is easy to see that there is a lot more space in between the two stars than the size of the stars themselves.
We live on one planet, in one galaxy, in one universe. And this is just in our observable universe alone. There are hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy, each with the possibility to have one to a few dozen planets orbiting it. There are then hundreds of billions of galaxies in our universe. Those numbers are so large that it is near impossible for us to fully understand the massive scale of what is around all of us. Another marvel is that there are still more atoms found in just one little grain of sand than the total number of stars in our entire observable universe. This really puts the scale of existence into perspective.
Looking up at the night sky, each star you see is emanating light that has traveled hundreds of billions of billions of miles across the galaxy to your eyes. Each individual photon from these stars has seen and been seen by the unimaginable. When one opens their mind up to what is possible in the universe, the imagination can be defined as our reality.
Think of your most vivid fantasy or your most unexplainable dream. The times when you get lost in thought or daydream of a life you wish you had. These are all possible out in the universe. One of the most exciting parts about the unknown is that we can allow everything else to be real. No one knows for certain what is out there, but the adventurous nature of humanity will one day push us to the outer limit our solar system and beyond.
How You Are Connected To It All
The epicenter of the universe is each and every one of us. Some may feel intimidated by the sheer size and scale of everything around us, but the reality is that we are all connected as a piece of this massive system. The atoms that make up our bodies are the same as the atoms that make up our planet, our sun, and the rest of the galaxy. We are birthed from stars and should take rejoice in the fact that we are all connected as one.
The only differences between us are the ones that we create in our own mind. Life is a precious thing and we should not waste it with wars, disagreements, or hatred towards one another. We are all here together on this planet traveling through space each and every day.