r/Damnthatsinteresting Jun 09 '23

Video showing how massive our universe truly is Video

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u/stumpdawg Jun 09 '23

Funny how the superclusters almost look like neurons

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u/ClydeFroagg Jun 09 '23

Micro macro micro macro

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u/TheyDidLizFilthy Jun 09 '23

as above, so below. as the universe, so the soul.

-Hermes Trismegistus

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u/notmyrealusernamme Jun 09 '23

As below, so above and beyond I imagine, drawn outside the lines of reason. Push the envelope, watch it bend.

-Maynard James Kenan

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u/PrimalJay Jun 09 '23

🎵I don’t want to leave the Congo oh no no no no no 🎶

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

My first thought was what if we're just thoughts within someone's mind.

Like the saying, people are kept alive by their memory.

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u/Nixter295 Jun 09 '23

That’s the thing of the Cthulhu universe. Everything in existence is just a dream by a being that is so large and powerful that it’s dreams shape new realities inside it’s head.

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u/erinberrypie Jun 09 '23

Yo, I'd be so pissed, lmao. Dude can dream of literally anything and he dreams of me being broke and having too many cats.

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u/ball-x Jun 09 '23

That basically is the case though. You're just thoughts in your own mind. That's all you can really definitively prove exists

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u/goalogger Jun 09 '23

A geophysicist's view: it doesn't necessarily mean anything if we speak of it serving some specific purpose. But we can observe certain kinds of patterns and structures, such as fractals, repeating everywhere in our physical reality and at very different scales. What I think this means is, well, that nature just tends to manifest some certain concepts due to their probability in the framework of natural laws.

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u/Glad-Ad1961 Jun 09 '23

For all we know the universe or "god" is just a regular person and we're just cells or atoms that are decay or killing the body like a cancer that we are

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u/cocoon_eclosion_moth Jun 09 '23

Earth is an Electron seems like a cool album title

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u/Glad-Ad1961 Jun 09 '23

Yeah that is if I ever become a musician I'm gonna use that

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u/experfailist Jun 09 '23

The only thing standing in the way of you becoming a musician is you. Reach for your destiny! Grab it! Victory is yours!

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u/Glaistig_LeFae Jun 09 '23

Bold of you thinking that we are harming the 'body', earth is an irrelevant cell, if not atom compared to the universe, so even if humanity spends the rest of their remaining time on trying to harm the body as much as possible, what we would be doing is simply a 'paper cut' and that's stretching it, by a lot.

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u/LEGENDARYKING_ Jun 09 '23

On a universal scale any damage we do to earth could at the worst be desttoying it completely, and then id say we knocked out an electron from the human body

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u/crapwittyname Jun 09 '23

I like this thinking. I wanted to know, so I did a quick maths. Removing the entire milky way galaxy from the universe would be like removing a single virus cell from a human body (about 1 part in 1020 ). Removing the earth would be too small to measure. Smaller than the constituent particles of an atom, by far.

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

Whenever i smoke weed i think of this. And there are sentient beings within us. Its to the point that I almost believe it.

The infinitely big holds creature too big and moving in a timeframe too slow for us to understand.

Likewise the infinitely small has entire civilizations that come and go. They explore their universe and evolve to be able to produce massive amounts of energy that in turn move our atoms, quarks, or whatever, and give us our fundamental laws of physics.

I often wonder if we all pushing for 1 purpose as life on earth. To continue the chain of events that control the universe. We think we have choice in our lives, but really our genes and neurons, our soul, programs us to do specific things to accomplish something bigger then ourselves.

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u/DietCokeAndProtein Jun 09 '23

I think of it as "do atoms have free will?" I'd say most people agree that fundamental particles simply abide by the laws of physics. So if that's the case, and we're just a giant bundle of atoms arranged in a particular way, any choice or free will we have is just an illusion.

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

You get it

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u/humansarenothreat Jun 09 '23

I’m going to miss Reddit for things like this.

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u/_hancox_ Jun 09 '23

Why not think about this - regardless of the material universe and your physical place in it - if the reality that you perceive cannot exist without you to perceive it (like death or whatever) and you are always the centre of your own perception of reality (being that you’re observing it from your POV) then the whole of reality and everything in it from start to finish is specifically there for you to experience the present and read this comment.

Idk man but the chances that of that happening randomly are as Richard Dawkins said “akin to a hurricane passing through a barn and building a Boeing 747”.

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

Anything is possible when the key ingredient is infinity.

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u/darthspaders Jun 09 '23

To be a cell in a testicle...

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u/DustyEsports Jun 09 '23

I was gonna say it what if it's not a line but it's a cycle.

What if big bang is the evidence that has been staring at us the whole time.

The universe is not infinite it's just a loop that keeps repeating.

Thats why it breaks down when you go to small (quantum mechanics) or too big (entropy)

More evidence for the simulation theory.

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u/_myoru Jun 09 '23

Wasn't this already a theory? Of the "closed universe", where after it reaches its maximum expansion it starts contracting again until we're back to the super dense point which detonates to another big bang to restart the expansion, vs the "open universe" that theorises the universe will just keep expanding more and more without ever stopping.

(I'm not entirely sure the names are correct, but the basic idea is)

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u/Adolin42 Jun 09 '23

Ooo my astronomy class is gonna come in handy.

Currently, astronomers are pretty confident that the universe is not going to contract into cyclical Big Bangs. This is because we've observed that the universe's expansion is actually accelerating, which wouldn't be possible if gravity were slowing it down, as your "closed" model suggests. This observation is actually what led to the "discovery" of dark energy (I put discovery in quotes because we literally know nothing about dark energy, we just know it has to exist); there's some ubiquitous force throughout the universe that is opposing gravity and forcing the universe's expansion to accelerate.

So you might be thinking, "Well what happens if dark energy ever runs out?" That's a good question. According to our current observations, we believe dark energy is constant throughout the universe, meaning it's equally as strong now as it was at the start of the Big Bang. This causes most astronomers to believe that the universe will indeed expand into infinity, slowly growing colder as matter is spread so far apart that particles will no longer be able to interact with each other, resulting in the "Big Freeze," or "Heat Death" of the universe.

Of course, because we know literally nothing about dark energy, we can't say with 100% certainty that it will last forever. If it ever were to run out, then gravity would slowly, but inexorably pull all the matter back together, possibly resulting in infinite Big Bangs.

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u/DustyEsports Jun 09 '23

No this is my theory and I just came up with it.

Also don't read Carl Jung quote: “People don't have ideas. Ideas have people.”

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u/lastweek_monday Jun 09 '23

Lol. I too get too high to remember i watched the futurama episode where they witness the second and third big bang.

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u/Highen Jun 09 '23

Oops, gotta go around again lol

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u/lastweek_monday Jun 09 '23

Just slow down, ill shoot hitler from the window. Damn i hit eleanor roosevelt by mistake.

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u/astromech_dj Jun 09 '23

I read a book years ago about a ship drifting through space with a being in suspended animation. The ship was designed to survive through the heat death of the universe and whatever happens after. I think there was an Android board to monitor the ship which witnesses it all. It ends up that the universe contracts back down again and a new big bang occurs. The ship continues drifting until it ends up finding a new civilisation.

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u/joopsmit Jun 09 '23

Another interesting story about the heat death of the universe is The last question by Isaac Asimov.

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u/aightletsdodis Jun 09 '23

Just read that for the first time yesterday, talk about Baader-Meinhof phenomenon! The short story was great, I did not expect the ending. :D

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u/me6675 Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

How is the big bang an evidence for a cycle?

What do you mean the universe "breaks down" in quantum mechanics?

Is entropy only limited to things "too big"?

How do these things support simulation theory?

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u/ragglefragglesnaggle Jun 09 '23

Honestly it wouldn't surprise me if the universe was alive.

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u/miletest Jun 09 '23

Then how come all the Miss Universe winners all come from that one little speck. It's rigged

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u/Loopedrage Jun 09 '23

Because they didn’t; there’s another speck out there that’s also named Venezuela 👍

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u/JohnLockeNJ Jun 09 '23

FRanCE!

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u/Oxygenius_ Jun 09 '23

Lmfao I was about to comment that

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u/aisuamericano Jun 09 '23

Thanks to Futurama, we know that in the year 3001, Miss Universe will be Gladys Lennox of Vega 4.

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

There it is, lookin’ weeeeeird!

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u/kirtan Jun 09 '23

My vote is for that radiator planet lady

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u/TheEndOfNether Jun 09 '23

The last part isn’t proven. We’re not sure if there are more universes

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u/TrevorJordan Jun 09 '23

I think someone added that to this video.

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u/TheGodDamnDevil Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

Yes, this is an altered version of Cosmic Eye, a film (and iOS app) from 2012. The end of this clip is not a part of it, the film instead zooms back in and continues down to the sub-atomic level.
Interestingly, there are also a bunch of other similar films like this which are all based on a book from 1957 called "Cosmic View: The Universe in 40 Jumps" by Kees Boeke.

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u/Rooney_Tuesday Jun 09 '23

The slower speed on the original makes it so much more impactful since it gives you time to appreciate the distances involved. And that Atomic Emptiness…that was crazy. Thanks for sharing!

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u/LinguoBuxo Jun 09 '23

"Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space."

― Douglas Adams

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u/Wafflestuff Jun 09 '23

“It is in theory possible to extrapolate the whole of creation—every Galaxy, every sun, every planet, their orbits, their composition, and their economic and social history from, say, one small piece of fairy cake”

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u/OstentatiousSock Jun 09 '23

Great recommendations, thanks!

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u/HitMePat Jun 09 '23

Yeah to me it looks like two creators. The first did the girl at the beginning up to the whole milky way, and then the rest was added on by someone else. Two different animation styles. The first half is good just on it's own

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u/davesFriendReddit Jun 09 '23

Gif? Looks like the movie "Powers of Ten"

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u/Tina_ComeGetSomeHam Jun 09 '23

If I recall it zoomed back in to the girl last time this was posted also music is new and the multiple universe thing definitely was not included. And it wasn't nearly that fast.

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u/i_lost_my_password Jun 09 '23

They somehow picked the worst possible music with absolutely no relevance to what's on screen.

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u/really_not_unreal Jun 09 '23

I watched it muted the first time and went back to check and OH MY GOD THAT IS HORRENDOUS

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u/Valmond Jun 09 '23

Yeah all down to atomic level no?

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u/BertMacGyver Jun 09 '23

Not gonna lie, thought it was gonna zoom out again to show "Your mum".

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u/jeroenemans Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

This whole video is"inspired by" the classic powers of ten

*Self correct: this was also a remake

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u/philotic_node Jun 09 '23

Yes it is. I saw it in the documentary Men in Black.

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u/ProtoplanetaryNebula Jun 09 '23

Watching this, the idea there aren’t aliens is laughable.

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u/BaddAsCan Jun 09 '23

Agreed. Impossible that there isn't other forms of life out there. I just don't think they're necessarily more advanced than us. And if they are, they'd care to specifically find our Earth? Nah. We're not that special.

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u/RurouniRinku Jun 09 '23

The possiblity of other life forms existing isn't even the real problem, it's the probability of them existing at the same time as us. Time is just as vast as the previous three dimensions, and growing just as rapidly.

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u/jumpup Jun 09 '23

would be hilarious if we get interstellar travel and find out we are just after the end of a massive major intergalactic civilization, like just cluttered with ruins on every world, with their end being just a few decades ago.

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u/aguadiablo Jun 09 '23

Actually, isn't it more probable that we exist before a major intergalactic civilization?

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u/rulebreaker Jun 09 '23

That’s one of the most popular propositions, yes. That we are currently alone because we arrived too early at the party.

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u/BustinArant Jun 09 '23

My greatest fear.

awkward small talk and helping to set up..

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u/Captainthuta Jun 09 '23

I love helping out at parties because it usually means I don't feel bad for drinking the whole party's supply.(I have crippling alcphol addiction.)

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u/KNG4 Jun 09 '23

Don't worry we will be the alien technology advances who invade the poor aliens

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u/Sly_Wood Jun 09 '23

Actually the most popular is that it’s impossible. The distance is too vast.

After that there’s The Great Filter.

Then the Zoo Hypothesis.

Then many more.

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u/seficarnifex Jun 09 '23

Most possible is just we are too far away. Its like if there where 1000 fish in the entire ocean. Every fish is an intelligent civilization but how often would they run into eachother.

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u/samarkhandia Jun 09 '23

Crazy to think we might be like the ancient fore-runner race at the beginning of time that other species talk about in the far future

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u/Jay_Hawker_12021859 Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

We are 'early' so to speak, but it depends on what time scales we're talking about. If 10 million years of evolution is a lot, then we could be 100x that 'late.'

Add to that the number of earth-like planets in our galaxy alone and the math gets... astronomical

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u/Feeling-Cheetah2460 Jun 09 '23

Might actually happen by the time we figure it out and actually travel somewhere.

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u/cable54 Jun 09 '23

Or even the probability of them being so "close" for us to be able to interact or notice each other, while existing at the same "time".

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u/doo138 Jun 09 '23

That is strange to think about as well. They exist at the same time as us but they can't even detect us or see us. What if faster than light travel isn't actually possible. What if they live billions of light years away from us. Any attempts for them to contact anyone else would be so scattered by the time it would reach us. What if their radio signals do finally reach us but it's a million years too late and we've already went extinct? Crazy stuff to think about. I love it. We reach for faster than light travel but if they are a billion light years away, it would still take a billion years to reach us. Teleportation or wormhole travel would be the only way. Andromeda would still take 2 million years to reach of we went the speed of light. Damn space, you crazy.

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u/cable54 Jun 09 '23

Space... is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space.

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u/Professional-Arm-24 Jun 09 '23

Also, the argument that the universe is so big that it's incredibly unlikely that earth is the only planet with life (which I agree with) is also the same argument as the universe is so big that the chances of aliens being able to, first, find and, second, visit us is incredibly unlikely.

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u/getthebag19 Jun 09 '23

Well I mean them visiting us could be unlikely just the same way that us visiting them is unlikely. I think traveling the speed of light is very limiting and you’d need a crazy type of technology to do it and than not even mentioning the aliens would have to be able to withstand the travel and going lightspeed. And do these creatures eat? Or are they like high intelligences. I agree there has to be life everywhere.

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u/Anonybeest Jun 09 '23

Yeah at this point I think all sci-fi is wrong about encountering things not from this Earth. I don't think this has ever happened yet, but when it does, it will almost certainly be with drones or other non-biologocal ambassadors. It's just not practical. So whatever happens first, an encounter here or one in which we are the visitors, it won't involve us. It will involve something we created that go on a 1,000 or 100,000 year mission. And then someday after making contact with...whatever, it might be possible to meet face to face.

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u/DoubleGoon Jun 09 '23

I doubt they could reach us even if they knew we existed.

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u/ReePoe Jun 09 '23

this.. we (mankind) can never even leave the milky way, as even at light speed, expansion means the 'target' galaxy would be moving away too fast. That's even asuming you could ever get to light speed safe and sound in the first place let alone the stopping part etc. so we may as well see every other galaxy as another universe.

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u/Rnee45 Jun 09 '23

That's not true tho, we're not limited to the milky way, but to the local cluster.

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u/ReePoe Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

sure if you want to spend 500 light years leaving the milky way at lightspeed (asuming you go 'up') and then thousands of years traveling through 'empty' space i.e no stars to navigate from so best hope you dont need to make a single corse correction in a few thousand years it takes to travel to the next galaxy! break down? oops! may as well just wait for andromida to come to us, or for some so far unknown form of travel (wormholes, time dilation, FTL etc) =P

'to leave our Galaxy, we would have to travel about 500 light-years vertically, or about 25,000 light-years away from the galactic centre. We’d need to go much further to escape the ‘halo’ of diffuse gas, old stars and globular clusters that surrounds the Milky Way’s stellar disk'

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u/GreenTheRyno Jun 09 '23

From what I understand, the main question is "where are they?" rather than "do they exist?"

As you've seen, the sheer scale of the universe makes even the most pessimistic of odds essentially guaranteed to form intelligence somewhere. So are they close, but so young they either haven't invented radio, or are they so far that even the most ancient of civilizations wouldn't've had time for any signs of their existence haven't become evident to us yet?

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u/crapwittyname Jun 09 '23

We wouldn't necessarily be able to distinguish a radio signal from background noise, even if it were coming from the nearest star. Likewise, our "signals" (TV and radio broadcast) would be near impossible to decode even at our solar system boundary. Someone did the math on this (quora link).
It's immensely frustrating to think there are, in all likelihood, other intelligences really close by (in cosmic terms) but we can't hear each other across the void.

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u/BangBangMeatMachine Jun 09 '23

Yeah, the only question is if they will ever overlap with us in spacetime. Two advanced space-faring civilizations could exist for thousands of years in separate galaxies and never know the other was there.

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u/Unamedlad Jun 09 '23

I remember seeing a comment saying "The idea of another civilization out there in space is scary on its own, but the idea that we are the only civilization in the universe is more terrifying."

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u/3V1LB4RD Jun 09 '23

ABSOLUTELY there are aliens. There are probably even very intelligent aliens. We keep finding life on Earth in places we don’t expect. Life definitely exists out there somewhere.

But have they come to Earth? Press F to doubt.

It’s probably for the best we don’t meet anything else though. Life’s primary directive is to take up as much space as possible and replicate itself. Human history has proven that it would be very detrimental to both parties should we meet an intelligent alien species.

Hell, humans can’t even control our growth to preserve our only planet. We’re destroying it.

I don’t think we should mingle with aliens.

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u/IAMSomeoneRand0 Jun 09 '23

Spiderman said so

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u/Lucreet Jun 09 '23

saw it the other day with my kids... The whole theatre laughed at the new and improved "You? You? You?" meme.

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u/Zapermastic Jun 09 '23

More than that, a Universe is geometry and "outside" a Universe there's no notion of geometry, so no way of depicting multiple Universes with well-defined distances between them.

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u/ksigley Jun 09 '23

Came to make sure this was in the comments. Pure speculation at the end there.

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u/ImaqineWaqons Jun 09 '23

And to think that some people believe that they're the most important thing in all of this..

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u/sun-e-deez Jun 09 '23

tbf everyone is the center of their own observable universe

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u/ReputationSad1884 Jun 09 '23

Even a cockroach thinks it’s the centre of the universe

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u/dreamrpg Jun 09 '23

If we live in simulation that aims to make you a good citizen - then you might be the only and most important person in this.

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u/Night-ShadeXE Jun 09 '23

If the simulation aims to make me a good citizen then it's clearly not doing a good job of it.

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u/SurveyWorldly9435 Jun 09 '23

Are we someone else's bacteria or something 😭

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

Less significant than bacteria

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u/Significant-Hour4171 Jun 09 '23

Didn't you watch the ending of Men in Black? They are playing marbles with our universe

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u/OriginalAlberto Jun 09 '23

I love getting an existential crisis, thanks

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u/ht3k Jun 09 '23

imagine how an amoeba feels

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u/Midnightkata Jun 09 '23

Probably nothing tbh.

I'm not saying they aren't sentient. I'm not saying they are. But I will say I don't think they are aware of the grand scheme. Hell even this video doesn't really show us the grand scheme.

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u/ht3k Jun 09 '23

It was a figure of speech... lol

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u/Mannomorth Jun 09 '23

Yup, videos like this really makes my uncomfortable.

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u/Douchieus Jun 09 '23

Why? It's nice knowing my stupid day to day issues mean nothing in the grand scheme of things. Just a reminder to try to enjoy life as much as possible.

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u/Its_All_Me Jun 09 '23

Agreed it humbly grounds me to a point where I stop giving a fuck about tiny things and I like that.

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u/OuterWildsVentures Jun 09 '23

Can you explain this further? This type of stuff gives me panic attacks and I would like it to not do that lol

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u/Gilga1 Jun 09 '23

I mean the issue is I guess would be feeling insignificant. However, I think such a notion is only created by having a false sense of what significance is.

With a Jet you can cross an impossibly big ocean, to a tribal person a Jet may seem like a God. A Jet wasn't made by one person but years of collective human collaboration.

So too is the world and universe accessible to us just like travelling across an ocean with a jet, through eons of human collaboration.

Your significance is much greater than you'd think even if your physical size is so tiny in the grand scheme of things.

Each one of us, is part of the universe just like a star or a planet, we're a construct of mass and that mass has the ability to observe the universe. There is no need to be intimated because we are not a star, or a galaxy or a galaxy cluster, we are a thing like them as well, each in their own regards.

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u/lessdothisshit Jun 09 '23

How old are you? I used to have panic attacks thinking about all this too, from early teens through college. There was a period where I couldn't even look up at the stars at night.

But as I got older, started stressing more about work, got married and have adventures with her, I just think about it less, and when I do it just doesn't bother me as much.

I did purposely get a particularly dangerous job where we talk about how to not die weekly, that head-on approach may have helped. And I do get massively... solipsistic when I'm too drunk, so I avoid that.

Never did turn to religion. Always saw this as a weakness they use to get you.

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u/goatchild Jun 09 '23

I guess this sort of perspective urges us to let go. That places us on a path of acceptance of death. Ego hates it, it wants to survive I guess.

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u/Mannomorth Jun 09 '23

Well your day to day issues doesnt matter, or your life, or your families life, or the human race.
Your enjoyment doesnt matter either...
Its all for naught.

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u/ScarecrowJohnny Jun 09 '23

The universe understands no concept of "mattering". That's a human construct. So since we have the patent on all mattering, we get to decide what matters.

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u/eyearu Jun 09 '23

I find them oddly comforting. Remembering that nothing anyone does or says really matters helps me not take people too seriously.

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u/I-wanna-be-tracer282 Jun 09 '23

for me it's the opposite I feel rather idk his to describe , but I feel happy.

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u/DanglingDongs Jun 09 '23

It's so big it doesn't even matter bro. Every number involved in talking about just the number of stars in our galaxy alone is so astronomically large our brains can't properly reference the sizes.

It's cool, just look at how cool it is, it has zero effect on your existence bud.

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u/QuirkyGuard7008 Jun 09 '23

Dont worry, nothing matters therefore you can pick and choose what matters to you which is beautiful because it makes REAL free will that much better!

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u/BuildingFar1061 Jun 09 '23

Props to the cameraman for doing something nobody else could

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u/NotAbotYEET Jun 09 '23

he's definitely up there with the cameraman that filmed Usain Bolt running

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u/I_Do_Stufff Jun 09 '23

Where can I get this drone?

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u/uwillnotgotospace Jun 09 '23

The Beyond section of Bed Bath & Beyond, right next to the Universal Remote. Unfortunately they went out of business.

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u/_PickleRick69 Jun 09 '23

We are merely just a spec. If that….

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u/trackonesideone Jun 09 '23

Wait til you hear how small the universe can be.

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u/CLG91 Jun 09 '23

It's mad how seeing the bigger picture of the universe reinforces how insignificant we are, yet seeing how tiny it can get (giggedy) still makes us seem more insignificant.

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u/Ms74k_ten_c Jun 09 '23

Watch your mouth, young person! That's 'giggity'. Not 'giggedy'.

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

Exactly. And we are here once. Tiny individual organisms in something so big our tiny little brains cannot begin to comprehend or understand. And then you get assholes who like to invade other countries and end young lives to give sustenance to their overinflated ego’s. Enjoy life, kiss your wife, hug your parents, eat that chocolate bar and wear sunscreen.

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u/AgentLawless Jun 09 '23

Wear sunscreen. If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience.

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u/AjayAVSM Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

And yet even the largest star out there does not have the gift of consciousness which you do. You can appreciate the stars but they can never appreciate you.

You are not a spec

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

Yeah but that star is more powerful and provides more heat displacement than me so me: 0, star: 1

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u/Bridot Jun 09 '23

I like how it is still smaller than your mum

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u/TheJohnsonGaming Jun 09 '23

why did I read this in Lewis Hamilton's voice

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u/redhairedDude Jun 09 '23

Somewhere there is a classic version of this gif that did all that zooming out and then finally showed a massive woman next to it with the label "your mom". I was too inspired by the scale that before even watching the end I forwarded it to everyone including my family 😬

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u/CalmPanic402 Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist, but that's just peanuts to space. - Douglas Adams, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy

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u/RedDevil407 Jun 09 '23

So this thing is basically the Total Perspective Vortex.

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u/Purging_otters Jun 09 '23

First thing I thought too!!

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u/shit_username5480 Jun 09 '23

And look at us tiny humans wandering about worrying about our lawn edges and the price of lettuce in that giant-beyond-belief cosmos we're so cute.

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u/TheBackPorchOfMyMind Jun 09 '23

What if I told you that you could have an endless supply of lettuce from just one head? Interested??

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u/FightDisciple Jun 09 '23

So I blow you once and you give me free lettuce, I'm in.

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u/HoweStatue Jun 09 '23

I saw a yt short where a guy called that an infinite lettuce glitch.

Man, you just rediscovered farming.

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u/No_Preparation7895 Jun 09 '23

Fits nice and neat in my phone.

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u/AgentLawless Jun 09 '23

Whenever I see something like this and read the various and interesting theories in the comments I feel a physical sensation of disconnecting from reality. It’s kind of like my brain has been in a child’s car seat in space and someone has just gently unclipped the restraints and I am suddenly floating free, but not too far from the seat. I feel like I could push away and delve deeper into it if I can overcome some invisible obstacle, which is probably the limitations of my ability to understand, but I just can’t comprehend what to do.

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u/poison_ive3 Jun 09 '23

If you want to go deeper, take psychedelics. LSD to deconstruct the world around you and mushrooms to become one with the universe. (and possibly meet “G*d”) Granted, it can be really uncomfortable and terrifying, but also provide a lot of peace if done in moderation. Though you can’t put the genie back into the bottle once you’ve tripped.

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u/is-that-allowed Jun 09 '23

what if all the other planets can travel within eachother and earth is like the tribes we leave alone in the amazon that haven’t been contacted

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u/guilcol Jun 09 '23

If other planets figured out quick interstellar travel and do it often, we're not worthy of being the universe's "amazon tribe", we're so far down the technology curve we're closer to being the universe's cesspool of microbes

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u/GregEgg85 Jun 09 '23

The universe is a pretty big place, maybe the biggest.

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u/RedWing83 Jun 09 '23

*Second biggest after yo mama.

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u/nox-__ Jun 09 '23

I don't think people understand how mad I am that the universe is this big and I somehow landed on the planet with taxes

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u/mamba-pear Jun 09 '23

How is it possible to know this is how our universe looks like?

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u/DARTHLVADER Jun 09 '23

The last image is the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMBR) map. So, it’s not what the universe looks like to the naked eye, and the colors don’t show where galaxies and stars are in the universe, they show where the leftover radiation from the big bang is. And, the CMBR map only represents the observable universe — there could be much much more out there that we can’t see because the speed of light + inflation is too slow.

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u/INGWR Jun 09 '23

inflation is too slow

Capitalism strikes again

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u/JFISHER7789 Jun 09 '23

Short answer: math.

Longer answer: we use numbers to rationalize and make sense of things. It’s very accurate at most times. However for things of this scale, math only gets us so far. We use what we know to be accurate within our parameters of the universe and develop theories based on that and apply them to other more vast parts of our universe. The numbers then support (or don’t) the theory. But nothing is really proven, it’s only thought of to be accurate until proven or disproven. There is plenty we don’t know and will NEVER know no matter how far in the future we go or how advanced we get, some things were never meant for 3-dimensional beings to understand.

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u/mamba-pear Jun 09 '23

So we’re no different than a piece of atom within us?

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u/scottonaharley Jun 09 '23

This was very interesting but for real perspective go see a volcano erupting and watch the lava flow into the sea.

Now think about what you just saw. Material that has been buried beneath the earths mantle for for potentially billions of years (the earth is 4.5 billion years old) is out for the first time and is now forming new continent. Right before your eyes. The exact process that formed all of the land masses we live on.

Literally it’s like looking back in time to the days when the earth was being made…and there was no computer graphics involved! LOL.

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u/MJ_Fan1958 Jun 09 '23

Dang. I really am just a speak of dust lol

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u/Rakish_Mole Jun 09 '23

Oh, don't feel bad; we're smaller than that. We're specks of dust looking up at the atoms making up the dust you think we are. ;)

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u/MJ_Fan1958 Jun 09 '23

Woah that’s awesome. It’s crazy to think how big the universe is. Bro I gotta find me an alien friend one day

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u/Rakish_Mole Jun 09 '23

Dude, I'm just an average schmoe and I will never be able to truly understand just how big the universe is. It'd be like trying to picture all of the money in the world, as $1 dollar bills, stacked in front of me. Then trying to imagine it multiplied by a gazillion-billion-jillion and STILL being nowhere near the number that equals the amount of stars in the universe.

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u/MJ_Fan1958 Jun 09 '23

It’s honestly awesome. Imagine how many unique planets there are out there. Aliens gotta be real

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u/Rakish_Mole Jun 09 '23

I had a chemistry teacher that basically said that he believes in aliens. He believes in intelligent aliens. He just doesn't believe that they have visited Earth AND got noticed by some kid in Arkansas with a Polaroid camera..lol.

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u/OtherCaribou Jun 09 '23

"I'm significant!" shouted the speck

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u/trentraps Jun 09 '23

You are, though!

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u/Swords_and_Sims4 Jun 09 '23

Need a banana for scale

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u/thefireemojiking Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 09 '23

Bruh. You just saw 576,934,621,098 bananas to be exact.

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u/toashhh Jun 09 '23

and even more alien bananas

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u/KnibbHighPromKing Jun 09 '23

This should be required to watch daily

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u/hawkinsst7 Jun 09 '23

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0

Original concept from 1977, except it also goes the other way. Also no distorted slowed down Gotye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2iAytbmXYXE&t=196s an updated version

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u/Minionmaster18 Jun 09 '23

Why is this kinda scary?

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u/mal4ik777 Jun 09 '23

All unknown is kinda scary to us humans. Deep ocean is also scary and is very close to us ;) We are just afraid of the possibility, that there is something out there, which will erase us all in an eye blink, I think. That's at least my interpretation of my own thoughts.

P.S. Before this thread, I watched the video of a person being eaten alive by a shark... I am feeling a lot of emotions I don't understand at once.

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u/deep-skys Jun 09 '23

No fucking way is that big and here we are killing each other for a piece of land, c'mon humans get your shit together and start aiming for the stars!

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u/protege01 Jun 09 '23

I'd have to say, if it is just us, seems like an awful waste of space

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u/EU-Source-Analysis Jun 09 '23

There must be more. It can’t be that we are the most intelligent in the univerese with all that shit happening haha.

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u/kimi-r Jun 09 '23

Think I'll run out of battery before this video ends

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u/ikeengel Jun 09 '23

The last part is made up.. its just a theory

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23 edited Jun 16 '23

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u/dog-with-a-job Jun 09 '23

All of that just so we can work eight hour days to earn just enough to buy overpriced lettuce and tomatoes.

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u/gjsgdk Jun 09 '23

The locker scene in one of the “men in black” movies 🤯

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u/Dramatic-Library-848 Jun 09 '23

Shoutout to the cameraman fr fr

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u/[deleted] Jun 09 '23

*in theory

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u/MXR0561 Jun 09 '23

Honesty , t's kinda scary if you think about it knowing something might happen, and you may never know

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u/tanskanm Jun 09 '23

I read the title as "..how massive our university truly is" and was a bit surprised when it kept zooming out so fast.

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u/mildlymoderate16 Jun 09 '23

And never forget that beyond all that an omnipotent space and time transcending god is watching you have naughty dirty premarital sex and is NOT pleased.

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u/PutinLovesDicks Jun 09 '23

There are more stars in the universe than grains of sand on every beach and desert on Earth combined.

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u/CanDy_23 Jun 09 '23

Cameraman 🫡

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u/0GHAZE03 Jun 09 '23

Ignoring the parallel universes part, my first thought after watching was the clusters look like neurons