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Category Archives: scale
It is hard to imagine the actual scale of the universe from a human perspective. Humans have personally witnessed the vastness of space only as far as the Moon and Earth orbit (International Space Station, as one vehicle). Instead, computer stimulations can help us get an idea of exactly how far the universe, as we […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Wow, it’s been a whole semester already. I’m about to be a senior and that is absolutely terrifying. I swear I was a freshman like two weeks ago. Of course, it’s all relative. If this time has been like a blink of an eye for me, it’s really some infinitesimally small fraction of the first […] Continue reading → Continue reading
That’s some intense gravitation lensing! A cluster of galaxies was recently discovered by the Hubble Telescope (AKA, uber relevant to class!) that appears to take on the shape of a bright smiling face. The galaxy cluster, known as SDSS J1038+4849, recently had the above picture taken by said telescope. While it may appear to us that […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Hello! The world may seem so large, but when you look at the size of the Earth compared to the Universe, it is actually very small. The Earth represents only a tiny fraction of our Solar System and galaxy. When you consider that the Milky Way Galaxy is an astronomically small portion of the entire… Continue reading → Continue reading
(Source) After watching the Powers of Ten video and viewing the interactive Scale of the Universe website, it seems to me that Earth is like a speck of dust floating among countless others. In fact, the Powers of Ten video expands our perspective to 100 million light years into the emptiness of space where galaxies […] Continue reading → Continue reading
Someone named Josh Worth made a to-scale model of our solar system wherein the Moon is only one pixel in diameter, and it’s totally awesome. The horizontally-scrollable webpage starts at the Sun, and moves right, with text interspersed into the vast distance between planets. What’s so cool about this particular model is that it represents […] Continue reading → Continue reading