Time suck

I guarantee you will waste a good deal of time looking at this.

Hint: push the slider all the way to the right to start your journey at the edge of the universe. Check out the size of Vy Canis Majoris compared to our teeny little Sun! And how massive an AM radio wavelength is compared to an FM radio wavelength, or infrared light compared to ultraviolet, which itself is gigantic compared to a gamma ray. My favorite image is the water molecule, which I never before thought of as a Mickey Mouse head. Now I’ll never be able to think of it any other way.

The most fascinating part to me: the vastness of the empty space inside atoms. There is an entire universe inside the things we can’t see.


About Fletcher DeLancey

Socialist heathen and Mac-using author of the Chronicles of Alsea, who enjoys pondering science, politics, well-honed satire (though sarcastic humor can work, too) and all things geeky.
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9 Responses to Time suck

  1. MJ Valente says:

    This is a mind-blowing thing. Great fun and terribly educational. Thank you so much for the share. 🙂

  2. Scout says:

    Size is such a relative thing… ‘Small Magellanic Cloud’ even tho it’s ridiculously HUGE, is still smaller than the other one.

    A couple of my friends teased me for calling my black lab ‘little dog’. But she was little compared to the rottie mix she played with. Compared to my friends chihuahua she was BIG. An entire order of magnitude larger! So I called the chihuahua ‘tiny dog’

    • oregon expat says:

      You’re right, it’s relative…though I have dog-owning friends who state that any dog under 40 pounds is officially a little dog. (Tiny dog does seem appropriate for a chihuahua.)

  3. Miucha says:

    isto é lindo, obrigada! roubei para o FB

  4. Ana_ñ says:

    What a find! Thank you!!!
    In your recent post about a 500 km asteroid hitting the earth, we visualized the energy released by that impact. Now, comparing distances by means of this fantastic tool, no wonder the massive energy released by subatomic phenomena.
    I am very amused by the presence of Mickey Mouse plus two Rubik’s cubes in the scale. Can I use the words geeky or nerdy for that combination?

  5. Erik says:

    Very interesting, thanks!

  6. Karen says:

    Another excellent find by your internet sniffer dogs. Fascinating stuff!

  7. ozrob says:

    Wow. Just. Wow. Still getting my head around “anything length shorter makes no physical sense.”

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