The Scale of the Universe 2
The Scale of the Universe 2 is an app that will help students better understand the size and relationship of objects within the universe. From Quarks and Neutrinos to distant galaxies and star clusters, this web application gives students an amazing visual representation of things that can be difficult to comprehend. The app can be viewed in twenty different languages.
Post Creator: Teresa Bruin, Granite District Educational Technology Specialist. This originally appeared in our Granite EdTech Monthly Newsletter.
If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel
If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel is a web page that allows users to scroll on screen through the entire solar system. Described by its creator, Josh Worth, as “a tediously accurate scale model of the solar system,” it gives users a unique feel for the scope of these distances and the vastness of space. Clever notes and facts along the way make your interplanetary journey more enjoyable.
100,000 Stars is an interactive visualization of the stellar neighborhood created for the Google Chrome web browser. It shows the location of 119,617 nearby stars derived from multiple sources, including the 1989 Hipparcos mission. Zooming in reveals 87 individually identified stars and our solar system. The galaxy view is an artist’s rendition based on NGC 1232, a spiral galaxy like the Milky Way.
Instructions: Pan using your mouse and zoom in/out using your touchpad or mouse wheel. Click a star’s name to learn more about it.
To Scale: The Solar System (2015)
On a dry lakebed in Nevada, a group of friends build the first scale model of the solar system with complete planetary orbits: a true illustration of our place in the universe.
A film by Wylie Overstreet and Alex Gorosh
Powers of Ten (1977)
Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others. Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward- into the hand of the sleeping picnicker- with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.
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