Sunday, April 26, 2015

U is for Universe

When we think about the universe, we usually think about its vast size, and the enormous objects within it. But, there is a whole other universe within the universe when we look in the opposite direction: at the universe of the very small.

In fact, people are bigger from the perspective of the smallest particle in the universe than the approximate size of the entire universe is to people. One of my favorite online toys, the interactive "Scale of the Universe," shows this idea very clearly.

The truly amusing thing about this is that displaying even a small shift in scale can seem trippy to us humans. Take the following gif, for example. I'm using a macro lens on my phone, then remove it to show what we are really looking at. Weird, huh?


Here are a few tweets about the #universe:

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