The Scale of the Universe - Interactive

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  1. #1 Superjoint, Mar 12, 2012
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    Watch this awesome animation: APOD: 2012 March 12 - The Scale of the Universe Interactive

    Explanation: What does the universe look like on small scales? On large scales? Humanity is discovering that the universe is a very different place on every proportion that has been explored. For example, so far as we know, every tiny proton is exactly the same, but every huge galaxy is different. On more familiar scales, a small glass table top to a human is a vast plane of strange smoothness to a [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=47CIdUld8eQ"]dust mite[/ame] -- possibly speckled with cell boulders. Not all scale lengths are [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PKjF7OumYo"]well explored[/ame] -- what happens to the smallest mist droplets you sneeze, for example, is a topic of active research -- and possibly useful to know to help stop the spread of disease. The above interactive flash animation, a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten, is a new window to many of the known scales of our universe. By moving the scroll bar across the bottom, you can explore a diversity of sizes, while clicking on different items will bring up descriptive information.
     
  2. nice illustration op...its cool how it everything falls into a circle...the classic "are planets like atoms" thing you know?....made me think what if that "falling into a circle" was like not so neat but scattered.....wonder how it would have been then?...with no pattern you know?
     
  3. Yeah I had these thoughts growing up.

    Size is infinite IMO. I'm guessing even the smallest quarks or strings, say the size of the universe, would be exactly that. A universe.

    Our universe, the size of a quark, is probably that.
     
  4. haha ops sj....my bad man...not that i did anything bad but hey...:smoke:
     
  5. Hey OP they forgot your mom when you scroll all the way out.
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    On a more serious note, I find it incredible to exist.

    Edit: Just realized on a grander scale that might insult may in fact be true. Woah.
     
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