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The Universe is Incomprehensibly Large

Many people have talked about the feeling of walking outside, looking up at the night sky, and feeling small. You look out into the cosmos, see seemingly countless stars, and think that everything you do on earth is just immeasurably small. Despite many people feeling that way, few truly understand the real scope of theContinue reading “The Universe is Incomprehensibly Large” Continue reading Continue reading

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Zooming Out

One of the coolest videos I have ever seen is the Powers of Ten video. In 1977 Charles and Ray Eames—the inventors of the Eames Office, a famous furniture company—in collaboration with IBM, created a video beginning in Chicago and gradually zooming out, transporting the viewer to the outer edges of the universe. Every tenContinue reading “Zooming Out” Continue reading Continue reading

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Blog #1: The Scale of the Universe

Something that fascinates me is the idea of scale of our universe. In particular, “scale” relative to a more traditional size/distance scale that we use more often. The metric scale, whose utility to humans generally ranges from millimeters to kilometers (measurements that we are easily able to estimate and compare), represents an indescribably minuscule spectrumContinue reading “Blog #1: The Scale of the Universe” Continue reading Continue reading

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Wormhole Theory

Reading about the vast size of the universe, I started exploring the possibility of travelling through the it. One popular theory on the structure of space-time is a wormhole. It postulates a theoretical passage through space-time that could create a shortcut to a different spot in the universe. So far, we’ve thought about travelling inContinue reading “Wormhole Theory” Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cosmic Calendar

The Cosmic Calendar is created by shrinking the life span of the entire universe down into the length of the Gregorian Calendar. In this time, a human life is less than a second long and modern humans have been around for about two minutes (The Cosmic Perspective). When I think about this, it is almostContinue reading “The Cosmic Calendar” Continue reading Continue reading

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How Do We Understand the Size of Our Universe?

It is hard for us to truly fathom the sheer size of our universe, this is clear- the distances involved are simply too big to comprehend with just the human mind. But we have begun to understand the nature of this size, and order the magnitudes of the universe in ways we can understand. TheContinue reading “How Do We Understand the Size of Our Universe?” Continue reading Continue reading

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The Cosmic Calendar

Did you know that the current age of the universe is 13.8 billion years? A useful instrument for visualizing the chronology and age of the universe is the cosmic calendar. With this cosmic calendar scale, the big bang takes place on January 1 at midnight and there are 37.8 million years per day. This isContinue reading “The Cosmic Calendar” Continue reading Continue reading

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How Small We Are

I think that it’s absolutely fascinating to think and learn about the vast size and scale of the universe. Everybody’s been told that their problems aren’t important in the grand scheme of things and while getting a C on a test might ruin your day, your life probably isn’t going to change course because ofContinue reading “How Small We Are” Continue reading Continue reading

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How a Solar Eclipse Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe

Up until the early 20th century, the laws that our universe abided by were best described by Isaac Newton in his Philosophiae naturalis principia mathematica. Newton’s principles still hold true for the most part, as they are the basis of many introductory classical mechanics classes today. Despite being able to model the laws of ourContinue reading “How a Solar Eclipse Revolutionized Our Understanding of the Universe” Continue reading Continue reading

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Unfathomably Insignificant

It never fails to boggle my mind whenever I think about how vast and endless our universe truly is. Our cosmic address in the universe, beginning on Earth, to within our solar system, within the Milky Way Galaxy, within our Local Galactic Group, within the Virgo Supercluster, and within our Local Superclusters, is unbelievably microscopicContinue reading “Unfathomably Insignificant” Continue reading Continue reading

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