So, today was my birthday. I hate, nay despise birthdays. Just another year closer to death. At least it wasn't as bad as last year's birthday. Still depressed as hell.
Would you like to feel insignificant too? Click on the image below to view a pan-and-zoomable image of a portion of our Milky Way galaxy. The image contains a billion stars. Did you hear me? A billion (with a "b") fucking stars.
Phil Plait over at Bad Astronomy wrote about this image as well. What's so special about our galaxy among the hundreds of billions of galaxies in the universe? Nothing. What's so special about our star among the hundreds of billions of stars in our galaxy. Nothing. What's so special about me among the billions of people who've ever lived on Earth? Nothing.
On the scale of the universe, we are completely and utterly insignificant. Sweet dreams.