Thursday, March 15, 2012

Scale of the Universe 2: Awesome Interactive Application

This is video of an amazing interactive Flash application which shows the scale of the universe from NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day.   Ranging from the smallest particles to the entire universe, zooming through this app you can see the scale of blue whale relative to a 747, and the state of Rhode Island.  Clicking on an item gives you additional (occasionally cheeky) information.
"Pluto used to be a planet, but now it's not. Why do people feel sympathy for it? It has no feelings. And if it did, why would it care about what the people way over on Earth though about it? On another note, Pluto's official name is now "134340 Pluto" because it is a dwarf planet."
I've embedded a short version that zooms through the breadth of the application in less than a minute, while the bottom video is nearly 5 minutes and goes slower to show the different items in the application as well as clicking on the occasional item.  

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