I’ve written about nanotechnology before and I’ve mentioned that the first step in teaching about such tiny tech is helping students understand scale. I posted a classic video that demonstrates scale, the relationship of large things like the universe to, say, atoms, but one of my friends shared this site about scale on Facebook. I’d give credit if I recalled where it was due. If you posted this, please let me know so I can give you props.
“The scale of the universe 2” is amazeballs (a word I use mainly to annoy my teens). Not only does it demonstrate scale, but it allows users to zoom in and out, keeping an eye of the scale of things in the bottom right corner. In addition, users can also click on objects to learn more about them. For example, at 10 to the 4.9th power is Nix, Pluto’s smallest moon. The site also provides translation into more than a dozen languages.
As you travel far beyond the Kuiper Belt, try to stem your feelings of being alone, isolated and insignificant in the scheme of things and learn about new numbers (petameter, anyone?) and objects in the universe. Perhaps the site’s agey music will comfort you. If not, tap the music note in the upper right corner to turn it off. I’m not sure what the “Q” does. Any guesses?
Conversely, you can scale down below the femtometer (10 to the -15) to the zeptometer (go see for yourself!).