O star of wonder, star of night

The universe is a big place. A big place full of big stuff. This video just shows just how tiny our little ol’ Sun is …

The Sun’s diameter is around 100 times larger than the Earth’s …

The largest known star is VY Canis Majoris – its diameter is around 2,000 times that of the Sun.

… or a quarter of a million times wider than the Earth.

To put it another way, imagine you are sitting in your lounge …

In your lounge there is a golf-ball …

If the golf-ball were the size of the Earth, your lounge would be the size of the Sun.

If your lounge were the size of the Sun, VY Canis Majoris would be as big as central London:

… pretty big !


About jon.d.carroll

Father, husband, would-be physicist and occasional entrepreneur. Science, computing, finance, business and issues around hearing loss float my boat View all posts by jon.d.carroll

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