Space is massive, we get it. In fact, to us as humans, trying to get even the faintest inclination of the scope and size of our own solar system, let alone the universe or the milky way, is a task inconceivably difficult. To make sense of it all, there's a treasure trove of information, diagrams and visualisations out there that give us a remote idea of how enormous space and its respective planets truly are. But even so, few can match this picturesque effort by Redditor jb2386.
To comprehend the sheer size of the largest planet in our solar system, Jupiter (a good 142,984 kilometres across, enough to match 11 Earth's) jb2386 took a source image that had the moon in it, and calculated the correct scale of the Moon compared to that of Jupiter, used that to readjust the size of the giant planet and then proceeded to place the image beyond the horizon of Earth. It's a mind-blowing picture, but also one that were it reality you would enjoy all too briefly, as another Redditor points out in one of those typically-patronising 'I-know-more-than-you' posts. Still, thanks for clearing that up.
Need some other media to satiate your appetite for knowledge of our fair universe? See below for similar moon-to-planet comparisons, or better still take a look at Data Genetics' appropriately-titled piece 'Space – It's Mindboggingly Big' in which the Earth is reduced to the size of a tennis ball. How about a video showing what regions of Earth would look like if our planet had Saturn-like rings? Extraordinary.
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