1. I was lying in bed last night Googling, as I am wont to do, I saw a comment that mentioned that the original HDF image of the same region contained 3000 galaxies. I googled how many solar systems were in our galaxy and got an estimate of 100b. So in that image there were possibly 300trillion solar systems.

  2. When someone tries to explain how big the universe is to me in terms of numbers, it means nothing to me. In fact, my brain thinks its smaller than it really is. Numbers are a definite, finite number, that my brain translates to a limit, no matter how big. When someone tells me that a googolplex, a finite number, has more integers than the number of atoms in the (observable) universe, it makes the universe seem smaller to me.

  3. if you consider univers are multiple and infinite it's not so complicated to understand how much we are insignifiant on our earth.

  4. This was why I was so disappointed with the President’s unveiling yesterday - there was no context, and they had an octogenarian explaining what we were looking at. It could’ve been handled so much better with like an hour’s effort in After Effects to make something like what OP posted.

  5. It’s funny, it’s like our brain is telling our brain that it’s not smart enough to understand, which is causing this strange headache lol

  6. I teach science and each time I’m reminded of how tiny we are in the grand scheme of the universe, my problems don’t seem so big anymore.

  7. Like, problems at work? Yeah, not important on the grand scheme. Climate change forever altering our livable planet? As insignificant as we are, conscious life is likely still ‘rare’ and our downfall should be mourned

  8. I've been thinking about this XKCD where they point out that, by mass, 99.9999999999999999999999999999% of the universe is Astronomy and the leftover bit is the rest of the sciences.

  9. dumb question, if we're able to zoom that far. why aren't we able to zoom onto planets that are far more nearer than what we have in these image.

  10. Correct me if I'm wrong but james web is planned to do some planet searching in the near future. This is only the first photo it took.

  11. In space there is far more nothing than something. It is very easy to see through the vast infinite of nothingness.

  12. I've been thinking. There probably is intelligent life out there. Yet it's becoming increasingly apparent that we are not meant to meet, and it is designed as such.

  13. It's not by design it's simply the nature of the universe. But there's a big chance two planets have sprouted life close enough to one another. It's not us

  14. So I have an idea: why not point this thing at any nearby, potentially inhabited exoplanets? If anything we have is capable of photographing aliens, it's this bad boy right here.

  15. If parameters like 1mm^2 of square from the distance of 1,5m of your eye are correct (they said if u put 1mmx1mm, 1,5m from your eye, this is surface area covered), this photo shows part of sky of 1/28 260 000. Considering my math is right (which is pretty simple but you know)

  16. “Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.”

  17. Yo, why the eff didn't Biden lead with this? This is what people need to see! Grain of sand at arms length? What does that even mean?!

  18. I'm speechless... I feel like I should say something profound but my mind is completely blown. This is just incredible.

  19. I just want to see the Battle of Coruscant being played out somewhere in this massive universe. Jokes aside though.... this is fucking mind-boggling!!!

  20. Really puts it into perspective. If you just look at the image by itself you’re like oh ok, another spacey looking thing, big whoop. Then you realize just how far away the image is being captured.

  21. It’s like seeing time, billions of years in the past and billions of years in the future all in one shot. Mind blowing.

  22. If it is possible for us to point this telescope and see the past. So, theoretically, we can see into the future? Or are we able to only see the present? Just curious or is this a dumb question?

  23. I don't know why, but I find this absolutely terrifying... how insignificant we are in the universe...

  24. This is exactly why I think it's ridiculous and stupid to even suggest that we are the only sign of life in the universe, let alone the only intelligent life.

  25. This cost us over 10 billion in cash remember. Where are the cool spaceships and colonies of different planets we were supposed to have by now?!

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