A Scale For The Size of the Universe, From Quarks to Quasars

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Picturing the smallest of the small and the largest of the large in the cosmos can be a mind-bendingly tough task. This splendid cooperating graphic, that lets you slide from an infinitesimally minute weird quark all the way out to the huge Eridanus Supervoid dangling around near the limits of our visible universe, makes it considerably easier.

Prepared by brothers Cary and Michael Huang, the graphic takes objects of a familiar size like an individual, a sunflower, an wiped out T-Rex, the Eiffel Tower etc and lets you use them as a scale to measure objects of a extreme less familiar size like a DNA molecule, a x-ray wavelength for instance. By moreover zooming in or out in from a familiarly sized object in powers of ten, the very large and the very small quickly seem a lot more understandable.

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