Image credit: NASA/Ames/JPL-Caltech

The next time it’s dark and you happen to be outside, hold your thumb up to the sky. The contents of this image are roughly the size of your thumbnail and, depending on which direction you’re facing, the contents within that thumbnail of space is only a very tiny fraction of our galaxy.

Contained within this image, this thumbnail swath of sky, the Kepler Space Telescope managed to identify around 2,000 possible exoplanets. Less than 200 of these planetary candidates have been confirmed, but scientists are confidante that an upwards of 90% of Kepler’s planets will be given planetary status as time passes.

So, the next time you’re feeling small… Remember, It’s because we are.


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