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how small/big we are in the universe… 23 Januari 2010

Posted by azmirul in Astronomy, Link menarik.


The Known Universe by American Museum of Natural History


Earth, Solar System (4 light-years across) -> Milky Way Galaxy (100,000 light-years across) -> Universe (unknown, minimum of 28,000 megaparsecs, >billions light years, possibly infinite)

star size


subatomic (electron,string) -> atomic to cellular (atom, dna, virus) -> human scale (bacteria, human being) -> astronomical’s light-year (galaxy, universe)


Powers of Ten

Powers of Ten is a 1977 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames.[1] The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude). The film is an adaptation of the 1957 book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke, and more recently is the basis of a new book version. Both adaptations, film and book, follow the form of the Boeke original, adding color and photography to the black and white drawings employed by Boeke in his seminal work.

In 1998, “Powers of Ten” was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.


COSMIC VIEW: The Universe in 40 Jumps
by Kees Boeke

Kees Boeke’s Cosmic View is a classic on learning about the scale of things. It is similar to the Morrison’s Powers of Ten, but aimed at a younger audience. Its legacy includes Charles Eames’s film Powers of Ten, the resulting book by Philip and Phylis Morrison, and several similar books which followed. Unfortunately, the problems Kees hoped to address, including peoples’ understanding being fragmented by scale, remain as pressing today as they were in 1957.


How Big Are Things?

“How Big Are Things?” tries to make size something you can remember, use, and optionally calculate with. This site will have succeeded if watching the news, or talking with friends, you can quickly and easily figure out the rough size of anything physical.


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