How Big (and small) is the Known Universe? Here's the Answer!

Posted on Saturday April 3, 02010

This might be a bit complicated at first, but I guarantee you it is well worth a few moments of your time to explore these sites.

Have you ever wondered how vast the entire known Universe is?  Have you ever sat there trying to imagine how small an atom is in comparison to, oh I don't know, let's say a beach ball?  Well me neither really, BUT I have good news for you!  Now you can actually get the answers to those crazy questions!  Created by a Flash programming group called "Fotoshop" I present to you a way to zoom from the smallest concept to the widest imaginable view of everything.  - Ok that didn't actually describe it very well. You'll just have to visit this site and press "Play"  and start scrolling the slider controls left to right until you catch on.

Scale of an Atom Scale of a Human Scale of Earth Scale of Everything


The whole experience reminds me of two talks Sustainability Media has filmed for the Long Now Foundation.

The first was called "Playing with Time" and featured renown music producer, Brian Eno sharing the stage with Game Design legend, Will Wright (of Sim and Spore fame). In it Will Wright demos his now released follow up to his franchise of Sim games with Spore where you start by playing as an amoeba of sorts and evolve your creature to eventually colonize galaxies.


The second is a talk we just filmed in April of 2010 entitled, "Six Easy Steps to Avert the Collapse of Civilization" by Neuroscientist and fictional author, David Eagleman .  Eagleman shared with us his latest short story where he writes his entire maternal lineage dating back to the very first female gendered organism a Happy Mother's Day Thank You Note.  Check back in a few weeks for a video link.

David Eagleman at the Long Now Foundation

Anyway, I thought I would share with you a few things that help me understand how marvelously complex and giant we humans are in comparison to the smallest pieces of matter in the universe and at the same time celebrate how awe inspiring it is how small we are in comparison to the vastness of our Universe...Enjoy!

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