“Our posturings, our imagined self-importance, the delusion that we have some privileged position in the Universe, are challenged by this point of pale light. Our planet is a lonely speck in the great enveloping cosmic dark. In our obscurity, in all this vastness, there is no hint that help will come from elsewhere to save us from ourselves.”
– Carl Sagan
Watching videos like this really puts things into perspective. It’s almost depressing to think that, barring faster-than-light speed travel, we will never, ever be able to visit these galaxies.
While the Hubble Ultra Deep field image is certainly awe-inspiring, the more recent image mapped by VISTA contains an estimated 200,000 galaxies, each with its own set of millions upon millions of stars and planets. Here’s what that image looks like:
And that’s only 0.004% of the night sky. Every single point of light in this picture, minus the blue orbs (those are local stars), is a galaxy. When I read and see things like this, it’s hard not to feel humbled and realize how unimportant certain inconveniences in life are. Realizing my place in the universe encourages me to work towards making this world a better place, and to care more about the people around me. I hope it does the same for you, too.