Technology March 20, 2012
AWESOME THING OF THE DAY: A Taste of Complete Perspective

If you've ever looked up at the night sky and felt like you're nothing more than a tiny speck in a nearly infinite universe, or contemplated the smallest known particle of matter and wondered how something so small can exist, this site's for you. It's a scrolling flash animation that allows you to see the relative size of objects, from the smallest concepts in quantum mechanics all the way up to the entire observable universe. And right in the middle is us - the human body is the starting point for comparison.

The site was created by Michael and Cary Huang, who are twin brothers from Moraga, California. And if you're not impressed enough by the concept and execution of the website, how about this: they're currently in grade nine. The twins became fascinated by humankind's place in the universe two years ago when their seventh grade science teacher showed them a video in class one day.

Cary liked the video so much that he decided to create an interactive map of our place in the universe. The first version came together in 2010, with Michael supplying the technical side of the equation. This updated site, 'Scale of the Universe 2', features more interactivity and information.

To view the site, click on the image below:

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