“Space … is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space… “
The size of the universe isn’t difficult to wrap your head around, it’s downright unimaginable for most of us. So much so, in fact, that most of the time we don’t even bother because we have better things to do, like make a cup of tea, or write a blog post.
But have you ever wondered how a chicken egg compares to a microwave? Okay, well, maybe you haven’t,unless you lean to the nerdy side, in which case you might be wondering that very question right now…
Here’s the answer: The Scale of the Universe 2, a pretty simple little piece of programming that lets you explore the universe through size.
As a child, I remember, I studied my dinosaur books and conducted comparative analyses – I thought I was pretty scientific at the time – of the little silhouettes that conveyed the scale of these ancient beasts next to a tiny human.
So when I delved into the Scale of the Universe 2 I couldn’t help but be pulled further and further down the chain of size, comparing each thing to the next smallest in line, all the way down to quarks, and beyond.
I was even more blown away to discover this little gizmo was created by a couple of 14-year-old twins, for fun. Cary Huang had some help from his brother Michael when he used online tools to write The Scale. This child’s hobby may have found the best method yet to give an emotional connection to the brain-snapping enormity of this place we call home.
I only went one direction, from humans to quarks, but it’s quite the adventure. So, if you’re a little bit nerdy like me I suggest you give it a whirl.
If you’re too lazy, here’s a Youtube video of the experience, but really, it doesn’t convey the same sense of adventure as exploring the universe yourself (plus it doesn’t contain all the witty captions of fun facts).