The Milky Way is HUGE! It is the galaxy we live in. Our galaxy contains 100 to 300 BILLION stars. Even though we think we can see our whole universe from Earth, it is not so. Our telescopes can see only about 8500 stars. Our eyes can see only about 2500 of them on a clear night. So out of 300,000,000,000 stars, we can only see about 2,500 of them — A tiny fraction! FThis means that for every one star we see, there are 100,000,000 MORE… just within our own galaxy. Stars never fail to inspire us with wonder and joy.
The closest star to us is our Sun – The giver of Life on Earth. The Sun is eternally active. 1,300,000 Earths could fit into the size of The Sun. Our Earth is the size of an average sunspot.
Again…This beautiful Sun that gives us EVERYTHING on Earth is only one of the 300 billion stars in our galaxy. Each with it’s own set of planets revolving around it.
But how big is this Milky Way Galaxy in which we find ourselves?
Science and mathematics tell us, if we were to reduce our Sun to the size of a human red blood cell, our Milky Way Galaxy would proportionally be the size of The United States. That’s BIG!
Think how small Earth is then.
(Video link on the size of a human blood cell:)
Our Milky Way galaxy is only one of hundreds of BILLIONS of galaxies.
Hundreds of billions of galaxies,
containing hundreds of billions of stars,
containing trillions of planets.
Standing on The Sun, we see!