Learning about the planets in our last few classes (RIP senior year) reaffirmed for me that the earth is indeed very small compared to the other planets in the solar system. But then I read that 99.8% of the mass in the solar system is still contained within the sun! Even though the gas giants are so massive, they’re still so small compared to the sun, and then the sun is an average size star with some stars up to 100 times bigger.
After every class, I feel deeply humbled by how small we are in the grand scale of things. But sometimes I read statistics like this that provide a new angle to appreciate just how much larger other objects are in the universe.