Our Place in the Cosmos

If you’ve ever wondered about the relative size of the planets, and the Sun, and other stars in the sky, there’s a wonderful scale model slideshow that illustrates just how small our planet is (though not as small as Mars, Venus, Mercury or the former planet known as Pluto).  Go here: http://www.iceagenow.com/Solar_System_Relative_Size.htm and prepare to be humbled.

But there’s more.  Scientists have recently mapped out where our galaxy, the Milky Way, sits within a massive supercluster of galaxies that has been named Laniakea.  It turns out we’re living toward the end of a long filament in a cosmic web of more than 100,000 galaxies.  You can view the image here:  http://www.space.com/27016-galaxy-supercluster-laniakea-milky-way-home.html.

About the Author: Bob Veres has been a commentator, author and consultant in the financial services industry for more than 20 years.  Over his 20-year career in the financial services world, Mr. Veres has worked as editor of Financial Planning magazine; as a contributing editor to the Journal of Financial Planning; as a columnist and editor-at-large of Dow Jones Investment Advisor magazine; and as editor of Morningstar’s advisor web site: MorningstarAdvisor.com.

Mr. Veres has been named one of the most influential people in the financial planning profession by Investment Advisor magazine and Financial Planning magazine, was granted the NAPFA Special Achievement Award by the National Association of Personal Financial Advisors, and most recently the Heart of Financial Planning Distinguished Service Award from the Denver-based Financial Planning Association. 

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