Wednesday, September 17, 2014

The Known Universe

I love any visualization that helps me try to grasp the vast scales that exist in our Universe, from the atomic to the cosmic.

This mind-expanding animation from the American Museum of Natural History is a virtual trip from the surface of Earth outward though the known outer limits of space.

Consequently, it is also a trip back through time- to the earliest perceived period of our Universe's history. The farther "out" into the cosmos we look, the farther back in time we are seeing, as light takes time to travel thee vast distances.

It is both humbling & awe-inspiring to consider that we are such a tiny, yet integral, node within the sea of infinity.

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