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The clearest and most cleverly designed look at scale - from the smallest to the largest - that I've ever seen. It's also great technical communication: clear, interesting, novel, unique, useful... you name it. Click the image and check out Cary and Michael Huang's "Interactive Scale of the Universe Tool" (takes just a few seconds to load on a high-speed connection):


Click the image to see the website.

It's interesting that the site's creators speculate that the universe is many times larger than the observable universe. I also love watching the scale of things explode as we fall in and in and in toward the smallest structures.

Cool beans!
Chris

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silverfae
Dec. 23rd, 2010 02:52 pm (UTC)

That was neat! I'll have to look at it again on the larger monitor at home.
shsilver
Dec. 23rd, 2010 03:13 pm (UTC)
Very cool, like the old "Power of Ten" movie, although their diameter of Eris is a little out of date.
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, I loved that little movie (and used it in my Sci-Tech-SF course), though the interactive nature of this one makes it nicer in many ways.
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 12:11 am (UTC)
It's awesome on a big, high-res screen!
holyoutlaw
Dec. 23rd, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
Much fun!
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 12:10 am (UTC)
Isn't it, though?
pamelonian
Dec. 23rd, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
Love this! I passed it along to my aikido buddies, since we practice a meditation in which we visualize the infinitely large and then the infinitely small. They are basically the same. Must be that whole "infinity" thing...
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 12:12 am (UTC)
Ooh, this would be a great visual aid for such an exercise!
karin_gastreich
Dec. 24th, 2010 01:12 am (UTC)
That's just way cool, except...it would have been nice to include a couple levels of biological organization from the individual to the global scale (just thinking in terms of the classes I teach, I suppose).

But everything else was pretty awesome. Thanks for sharing!
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 05:03 am (UTC)
Ooh, good point. I loved seeing the scale of individual life, though; I mean, wow redwoods.
siro_gravity
Dec. 24th, 2010 02:56 am (UTC)
a SEVEN METER earth worm??? c'mon!!!

that is a really kewl tool! i enjoyed it a lot!
mckitterick
Dec. 24th, 2010 05:04 am (UTC)
That's one serious wurm.
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