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Evolutionary Edge

Voices of an Emerging Movement for Conscious Evolution

July-August 2006

Comparative planetary and stellar sizes

How big are we here on Earth when compared to other planets, the sun, and some of the other stars?

I just received an email that included the following pictures, circulating anonymously around the Web universe. While I can't vouch for their strict accuracy, they seem good enough to wake up us novices to the amazing sizes of the planets and stars that surround us.

I couldn't get a verification response from a cosmologist friend before deadline, but I checked Google and Wikipedia and came up with this:

If I get more accurate data than these, I'll change this page and note the correction in a future issue of Evolutionary Edge. In the meantime, enjoy the mind-boggling tour below.

-- Tom Atlee


Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky. It is more than 1000 light years away.