The Scale of the Universe

Click on the picture above then press ‘Start’ . Move the slider at the bottom to the left or right to zoom in or out of the known universe. Happy travelling – Deskarati – BTW as this graphic is a Flash design it may not work on some of your mobile devices so check it out on your Desktop or Laptop, it really is worth it.

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2 Responses to The Scale of the Universe

  1. alfy says:

    This was one of the most interesting demonstrations I have seen on deskarati. Although all this information is available in tables and charts in the textbooks, this was a fascinating way of presenting it. I found myself continually surprised. I had no idea that the Eiffel Tower was so much bigger than Statue of Liberty, or that Deimos and Halley’s Comet were about the bulk of Mt Everest, or that a neutron star was just a bit bigger than Phobos and Deimos. The diameter of Pluto was only about twice the length of Italy, and I was impressed with how close in size were the satellites of all the planets, and our moon.
    I had always thought of stars as big objects, so I was surprised that Sirius B was so close the size of the Earth and Venus. It also impressed me that our nearest neighbouring star, Proxima Centauri was only about twice the diameter of Jupiter. The really big stars like Betelgeuse would fit into the orbit of Jupiter around the sun. I was surprised that the smaller nebulae would fit into the Solar System as far as the Kuyper Belt.
    It was very useful to have the scales permanently at hand, to be ignored while looking at the pictures, but there if you needed them.
    With microscopic end of things, this was altogether an interesting learning experience.

    • Deskarati says:

      Wow!! That was a very complimentary comment Alfy. I shall have to post another video from our friend Prof. Poliakoff before you get too charming!

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