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This real night sky photo and notes within quotes below are courtesy of Vineet, my nephew.
“All the stars that you see here are in our own galaxy. In the middle running top to bottom you can see the rest of our galaxy stretching out around us like a cloud of stars.
But off to the right, in the middle you can also see a another smudge like a small saucer with a bright center. That’s our next nearest major Galaxy- Andromeda. That smudge contains over a trillion stars in it.
It is further than anything else you can see in the picture and is about 2.5 million light years away.
To put in perspective, if our sun were the size of a grain of sand, the earth would be one inch away from it and Pluto would be 40 inches away from it. Andromeda would still be 2.5 million ‘kilometers’ away.
And there are still roughly another 100-200 billion such galaxies in the whole universe.”
As though this information is not mind-boggling enough, I ran into this space.com web article dated October 13 that says there are ten times more theoretical galaxies, meaning that all we know so far is about just 10%! That would mean a total of 2 trillion galaxies! Check out the excellent link below.
I am certainly being ironic when I say in the title, that the universe is small. It is small in an interesting biblical perspective when you take a look at the verse below.
Jeremiah 32:17 New Living Translation (NLT)
17 “O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!”