The Andromeda Galaxy Reminds Us How Small We Are

There are moments when it seems as if the world truly does revolve around us. Yet when we step back and put life in perspective, our smallness quickly becomes evident; we are merely a fraction of a speck in an infinite picture. At this year’s meeting of the American Astronomical Society in Seattle, NASA released the world’s largest photo of the Andromeda Galaxy. Though the image can hardly do justice to the star system’s gargantuan size and scope, it offers us a breathtaking peek at the complexity of our universe.

World's Largest Image of Andromeda Galaxy

A much smaller version of the massive image. Source: Astro Bob

Massive Galaxy Up Close

A zoomed-in view of the Andromeda Galaxy image. Source: Hyperallergic

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29 Spellbinding Space Facts That Prove Earth Is Boring

As residents of the Milky Way galaxy, we live in a galaxy that is over 100,000 light years in diameter with over 800 billion stars and planets. And that’s just the Milky Way — scientists have calculated that there are at least 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Meaning, we inhabit 1 of over 40,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 planets in the universe. Enjoy twenty-nine more fascinating space facts from All That Is Interesting that will make your problems feel infinitesimal:

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Wooden Cities Come In All Shapes And Sizes

Wheel by James McNabb

Source: Contemporist

Armed with little more than a bandsaw, Pennsylvania-based artist James McNabb sculpts incredible wooden cities as complex and limitless as real-life urban areas. Constructed in bizarre shapes (often as spheres or wheels), these geometric towns represent a woodworker’s journey from the suburbs to the city. Each completed sculpture in McNabb’s City Series is built from repurposed scrap wood, allowing him to use various textures and colors to build structures that wow urban loft-dwellers and farmhands alike.

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What Does Sound “Look” Like?

When we think of musical form, most of us stop and start at sheet music, clefs and notes. But what about what physical vibrations? That’s where cymatics–or the study of visible sound co-vibration–comes in. Varying rhythms and pitches help create unique works of “art”. It’s absolutely mesmerizing.

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