This is very cool. Click on the image (or on this link) to activate Cary and Michael Huang’s interactive program, which lets you zoom in and out to see the relative sizes of everything in the cosmos — from neutrinos and preons (and smaller) to the Local Galactic Supercluster and the size of the observable universe itself. And for kicks, check out the three alternate versions provided: “Wrong,” “Swirly,” and “Portuguese.”
Update 2/12/2012: See a new version here.
Demonstrations of the scale of the universe always fascinate me. I’ve highlighted some of my favorite zoom-out videos here, but it’s also possible to grasp the relative sizes and distances of things without the aid of fancy camera moves and CGI effects. How? Read on