U is for Universe.
Every time I study a little about the Universe…I am humbled. The numbers boggle my mind. I jotted these tidbits down a few months ago when I was in a fact-finding mode.
Our galaxy is a fairly average size one in the Universe. Yet it still would take us 100,000 light years to travel across it. Whoa!
Another site said there are about 2,500 stars visible to the naked eye from Earth (3 if you live in Las Vegas). First, my hat is off to whoever took the time to count all 2,500 stars one night (and with no clothes on their eye as well). That’s patience (or boredom). Yet 2,500 is only a tiny fraction of the stars in our Milkyway galaxy. There are about 200-400 Billion Stars (the scientists can’t agree yet whether it’s 200 or 400 billion. They’re still counting).
And one more awe-inspiring fact about the Universe…there are at least as many galaxies in our Universe as there are stars in our own galaxy. In case you forgot from one paragraph to the next, let me reiterate. That’s way over a billion! Ubiquitous! (I don’t know if that makes sense there…but it’s a U word, and it sounds amazing, so I’m taking author privileges and Using it).
Here’s a video about the Universe that my daughter sent me a couple months ago. I found it Unique. I won’t take my Universe for granted anymore…even the dark ’empty’ space.