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589217_scale_of_universe_enhanced.swf application/x-shockwave-flash Object February 13, 2012

Posted by aquillam in Astronomy, Science.
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589217_scale_of_universe_enhanced.swf application/x-shockwave-flash Object.

This is the second scale of the universe applet by the Huang twins, and of course those who are old enough will remember the “Powers of Ten” movie by the Eames brothers. (I wonder if there’s something about brothers are really great science video projects…)

The great thing about these interactives is that you can play with them. Want to spend a little more time getting to know the picometer? Go ahead. Feel the need to give yourself motion sickness zooming in and out? It will let you. Entranced by the pretty nebula pictures? Just leave it open in another browser window. Playing with it is fascinating, and I encourage you to spend some time exploring it, there are all sorts of interesting things.

I particularly like the huge gap of stuff between the subatomic size and the plank length. It has had me pondering all morning if it’s an indication of missing knowledge, or if there is something fundamental in physics that causes that gap.

I also found it interesting that Pluto and the Great Wall of China are about the same scale. And I like the inclusion of Russell’s teapot.

Phil Plait also blogged about this at http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/badastronomy/2012/02/12/another-interactive-way-to-scale-the-universe/ and he noted the scale of a few billion km, where all the stars are red giants and the only thing similar and close to home is the size of Neptune’s orbit.

So check it out, and share what you find interesting!



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