Cosmic Insignificance

2004/11/04 at 14:49

This Astronomy Picture of the Day is accompanied by this text:

Here is one of the largest objects that anyone will ever see on the sky. Each of the fuzzy blobs in the above picture is a galaxy, together making up the Perseus Cluster, one of the closest clusters of galaxies. The cluster is seen through the foreground of faint stars in our own Milky Way Galaxy. It takes light roughly 300 million years to get here from this region of the Universe, so we see this cluster as it existed before the age of the dinosaurs.

Just a small reminder of humanity’s insignificance in the grand scheme of things.