Back in 2010 I came across a really neat visualization tool designed to demonstrate scale in our universe. After being reminded about it by WIRED, I searched for it again and stumbled across an updated 2012 version created by Cary and Michael Huang. I thought I would share this tool with all of you to either just explore or for use as an educational tool.
My favorite take-away from exploring this tool is both how truly massive the universe is thought to be and how miniscule the building blocks of it are. To describe a proton as being one femtometer in diameter is all well and good, but until you zoom through the intervening scales it is hard to grasp just how small that is.
Also, I never realized that the Japanese spider crab and the Tyrannosaurus rex were close to the same size! Post your own interesting finds or revelations in the comments below.
Image: HTwins.com screen capture
Sorry, comments are not allowed for this post.
- Art and Culture (3)
- Attitude and Behavior (9)
- Chemistry (9)
- Computer and Digital Technology (7)
- Earth Science (6)
- Education and Policy (4)
- Energy (5)
- Engineering (8)
- Environment and Sustainability (9)
- Health and Medicine (17)
- Manufacturing and Industry (7)
- Math (2)
- Museums (2)
- Physics (8)
- Space and Astronomy (16)
- Technology (18)
- Transportation (3)
- Happening Now
Seventy years ago, a historic landing changed the world.
- Coming Soon
Over 400 students bring science projects to the Museum for this weekend event.
Write the team behind the blog with your questions or comments.