Because It’s Friday: The Scale of the Universe

January 14, 2011
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Some things in the universe — quarks, for example — are very small. Other things, like galaxies, are very large. Visualizing this difference in scale, over dozens[*] of orders of magnitude, seems like an impossible task, but this effort by Primax Studios does a pretty good job:

Some things in the universe — quarks, for example — are very small. Other things, like galaxies, are very large. Visualizing this difference in scale, over dozens[*] of orders of magnitude, seems like an impossible task, but this effort by Primax Studios does a pretty good job:

Scale of the universe

It’s no Total Perspective Vortex, but it comes close.

[*] I originally wrote “hundreds” here, before I went back to check. The scale of the visualization covers 10-35 m to 1027 m, or 62 orders of magnitude. I guess we have no call in language for the phrase “hundreds of orders of magnitude” … which is kinda surprising in itself!

Primax Studio: Scale of the Universe