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In the winter of 1995, scientists pointed the Hubble Telescope at an area of the sky near the Big Dipper, a spot that was dark and out of the way of light pollution from surrounding stars. The location was apparently empty, and the whole endeavor was risky. What, if anything, was going to show up? Over ten consecutive days, the telescope took close to 150 hours of exposure of that same area. And what came back was nothing short of spectacular: an image of over 1,500 distinct galaxies glimmering in a tiny sliver of the universe. 

Now, let’s take a step back to understand the scale of this image. If you were to take a ballpoint pen and hold it at arm’s length in front of the night sky, focusing on its very tip, that is what the Hubble Telescope captured in its first Deep Field image. In other words, those 3,000 galaxies were seen in just a tiny speck of the universe, approximately one two-millionth of the night sky.

So the next time you stand gazing up at the night sky, take a moment to think about the enormity of what is beyond your vision, out in the dark spaces between the stars.

From the TED-Ed Lesson How small are we in the scale of the universe? - Alex Hofeldt

Animation by Yukai Du

Okay but this scene is so important

Peridot, who’s lived her entire life on homeworld, who doesn’t know what it’s like to care about where she came from, who has only ever been a single insignificant facet number among millions just like her, has probably never heard that someone loves her. 

And when Steven has the opportunity to say his last words, he uses them to let her know that he loves her. She matters to him. She isn’t just a disposable Peridot- she is somebody who someone loves. Someone who is more important to her than anything- even her previous leader, who she near idolized. And look at how touched she is, too. Her eyes water, she looses her panicked expression, and she looks genuinely grateful. 

Steven was under the impression that this would be the last thing he ever did, and he used it to make sure that Peridot wouldn’t die never knowing she was loved. And that is so amazing to me.