Powers of 10 Taken to a Whole New Level

screen capture of scale

A screen capture of the site, showcasing things at 10^(-4.8)

Holy balls you guys, my friend Justin just sent me something amazing and I just have to share it. I’ll probably write up a whole long fancy post later, but it’s imperative you check this out now.

It’s called “The Scale of the Universe 2”, and by scrolling with your mouse you can zoom in to a Planck length or quantum foam (that’s 10^-35), or zoom out to 10^27 and see how the size of the observable universe compares to the estimated total size of the universe. Best of all, each image comes with additional information about the object/creature/unit/idea/what have you.

Go check it out this instant. http://htwins.net/scale2/scale2.swf?bordercolor=white&fb_source=message

3 Thoughts on “Powers of 10 Taken to a Whole New Level

  1. Thanks Juliana, this is great… I’m forwarding the link to my friend at Griffith Observatory (the deputy director, Mark Pine). I think that while the graphics could use some work, it’s great work they’ve done to make it interactive (and funny too). It’s a great update/take on the original Eames work.

  2. Ted Olsson on May 15, 2012 at 11:14 am said:

    You may want to check out ChronoZoom . This is an online, interactive website dedicated to demonstrating the magnitude of the timeline of evolution from the Big Bang to today: Cosmos, Geological, Biological, Human origins, and Civilization. This is an outgrowth of Professor Alvarez’s Big History course as developed by one of his top students. In addition to UC Berkeley, there are several other partners, including a Moscow university. One of the greatest problems in discussing evolution is Change and Magnitude (of Time and Space, or distance). CalAcademy, like most natural history museums, is a temple to Darwin. But even here their attempt to describe this are a dozen photos on a wall with legends. Other than the number of years, there is no way to aid the viewer to understand the scope of the process, which selects incremental randomness.

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