Magnifying the Universe [Infographic]

Ever seen that Simpsons intro when the “camera” zooms out from Springfield, all the way past the Earth, the Solar System, Milky Way, and beyond, only to depict the Universe as a tiny marble in yet another dimension?

This beautifully produced infographic from Number Sleuth lets you have that experience from the comfort of your own computer. It’s also a fascinating exercise in perspective, stretching the mind to contemplate scale.

The natural history Museum in New York has a human-scale exhibit that accomplishes the same task.

According to the infographic’s creators, it “illustrates the scale of over 100 items within the observable universe ranging from galaxies to insects, nebulae and stars to molecules and atoms. Numerous hot points along the zoom slider allow for direct access to planets, animals, the hydrogen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your present magnification level.”

Enjoy! Just don’t get dizzy:

Copyright 2012. Magnifying the Universe by Number Sleuth.

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