December 6, 2011

The Known Universe

The Known Universe from AMNH on Vimeo.


This takes me back to the Powers of Ten by Charles and Ray Eames...


The advantage of the Eames version is the grounding in the familiar (a picnic), a scaling mechanism via meters, and a drill down into the picnic toward the smallest scale possible at that time, the proton.. The differences are interesting. "The edge of present understanding" has expanded quite a bit since 1977. The Powers of Ten only go to a 100 million light years, in the Known Universe, the cosmic horizon is the big bang. Note as well the huge blind sectors due to our galaxy's occluding spiral arms.

Posted by Dennis at December 6, 2011 11:59 PM

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