Matters of size

One of those cool size videos:

Hat Tip: Joanne

Comments

  1. #1 Katharine
    January 3, 2010

    Space is big. Really big. You just won’t believe how vastly hugely mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you might think it’s a long walk down the road to the chemist, but that’s just peanuts to space.

  2. #2 gwen
    January 3, 2010

    Damn..way to burst my bubble. For 50+ years I just KNEW I was the center of the Universe! Great video..now if I can only get people to sit and watch it….and learn…

  3. #3 rich lawler
    January 3, 2010

    A cool video affirming yet again why I don’t dare try to study or think about astronomy. I can barely get my head around population genetics.

  4. #4 Crudely Wrott
    January 3, 2010

    @#1, who said:

    . . . mind-bogglingly big it is . . .

    Mind-boggling? ‘Zat all? Try heart-breakingly. Much bigger than mere mind-boggling. More daunting. Leaves you with an even greater heartache.

  5. #5 Zaphod Beeblebrox
    January 3, 2010

    What are all you wankers talking about? The universe ain’t all that much. I am a significant part of the universe.

  6. #6 Katkinkate
    January 4, 2010

    Pretty impressive! Do I have it wrong, or was the Earth spinning the wrong way in the video?

  7. #7 Lance
    January 4, 2010

    “Do I have it wrong, or was the Earth spinning the wrong way in the video?”

    Yep you are correct. Assuming that all the planets are shown with their poles in the usual configuration only Venus is spinning the correct direction since it is the only planet shown that has retrograde rotation about its axis.

  8. #8 Lance
    January 4, 2010

    Just to continue in this pedantic excursion, all the objects are shown spinning with the same angular velocity which is also whack.

    I think the folks that made this great video new that and just thought it looked cooler to have them all spinning at the same rate and in the same direction.

  9. #9 Radioactive afikomen
    January 4, 2010

    Holy crap, they’re using the theme song to The Black Hole!

  10. #10 Alex
    January 4, 2010

    Mind-boggling? ‘Zat all? Try heart-breakingly. Much bigger than mere mind-boggling. More daunting. Leaves you with an even greater heartache.

    I think the term you’re all looking for is “astronomical”. Or as Feynman would say, “economical”.

  11. #11 Katkinkate
    January 4, 2010

    Thanks Lance. Maybe it was just easier.

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