A Visual Reminder That the Universe Is Really, Really Big

Want to put your Earth-based problems into perspective? Take a look at an image known as the Pale Blue Dot. Captured by Voyager 1 when it was 40 astronomical units (or 93 million miles) from the Sun, the photograph makes our home planet look like a speck of dust on the camera lens. That’s just one mind-boggling highlight of this video from RealLifeLore. From the distance from Earth to the Moon (238,855 miles), to the estimated size of the entire universe (150 sextillion times larger than what we can see), each fact will have you feeling smaller than the one that came before it.

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See the Secret Paintings Hidden in Gilded Books
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The art of vanishing fore-edge painting—hiding delicate images on the front edges of gilded books—dates back to about 1660. Today, British artist Martin Frost is the last remaining commercial fore-edge painter in the world. He works primarily on antique books, crafting scenes from nature, domestic life, mythology, and Harry Potter. Great Big Story recently caught up with him in his studio to learn more about his disappearing art. Learn more in the video below.

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Mesmerizing Zoetrope Pottery
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Kenny Sing's handmade pottery is impossibly precise. He uses design software and paper stencils to cut sharp geometric patterns into his handmade pots. But it's when the pots start spinning that they turn into something truly unique. See more Turn Studio work on Instagram

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