Saturday, June 13, 2009

Milky Way

Do you ever feel like your problems that you're dealing with are becoming rather large? It always helps to zoom out for a second to put everything in perspective.

If your life has what seems like some big problems, let's compare them to the size of our Galaxy. Our Solar System is located in our Galaxy which we call The Milky Way. This spiral galaxy is in the shape of a big disk which is around 100,000 light years in diameter and about 1,000 light years in thickness. One light year is approximately 5.8 trillion miles. Our Solar System is about 26,000 light years from the galactic center of the Milky Way, which is estimated to have about 200-400 billion stars, and thought to be about 13 billion years old. Size-wise, if the Milky Way was reduced to 100 meters across, our own Solar System would only be about 1 millimeter in width. The Milky Way is just one of billions of galaxies in the Universe. Now, maybe your current issues that you're dealing with, don't seem quite so big. The next time you think you have a big problem, keep it in perspective, relative to the big picture.


Beth said...

Does the Milky Way have a surly teenager that its raising?

Johnnny said...

When faced with a problem, the Miles Brothers Corp often thinks of the worst case scenario, which is that the entire Universe would explode. But now with the Big Bang Theory, I guess that's already happened. Probably the next worst case scenario is raising a surly teenager.

Ruth said...

It's good practice to zoom out. A year from now, will I remember this problem I face?

But goodness, there is a lot of pain and heartache around. We have to start feeding the opposite methinks. It aren't always easy though.

Ruth said...

Oh, I meant to say, thank you so much for the very nice things you said at synch-ro-ni-zing. It made me so happy.