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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 1453 times:

Apologies if this has already been discussed -- this website has a nice demonstration of the scale of the universe.

Enjoy ...

http://htwins.net/scale2/

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User currently onlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8792 posts, RR: 24
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1410 times:

That is pretty cool.

I always liked the final clip of Men in Black myself

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=fvwp&NR=1&v=OKnpPCQyUec



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User currently offlinenjxc500 From United States of America, joined Dec 2007, 240 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 21 hours ago) and read 1402 times:

Agreed, worth a look. Makes you wonder.

User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 1332 times:
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Quoting Dreadnought (Reply 1):
I always liked the final clip of Men in Black myself

Yes! One of the best endings to a movie.

That website is pretty cool.



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User currently offline2707200X From United States of America, joined Mar 2009, 8461 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

Nice, my favorite part is the Planck scale with the quantum foam and the string.  


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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5424 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 1208 times:

Very nice!

Here's one I had found earlier this year that I liked for its simplicity (it shows how really far out Voyager has traveled):
http://www.space.com/10900-solar-system-planets-scale-infographic.html

Tugg



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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 19415 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

Quoting tugger (Reply 5):

Here's one I had found earlier this year that I liked for its simplicity (it shows how really far out Voyager has traveled):

The mind-boggling part is that Voyager is 15 light-hours or so from the sun. The nearest star is four light YEARS from the sun.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 1153 times:
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Picking through it a bit more, some of the descriptions crack me up!

The oak tree is a tree. They can live a very long time, longer than even a human can! Oak trees produce thousands of acorns a year. Acorns are good. Almost as good as ice cubes.



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User currently offlinegeezer From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 1479 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 1105 times:

Quoting vikkyvik (Reply 7):
The oak tree is a tree. They can live a very long time, longer than even a human can! Oak trees produce thousands of acorns a year. Acorns are good. Almost as good as ice cubes.

vikkyvik....

If you ever happen to be in California, and traveling north on the road from Ridgecrest up to Bishop, and you like REALLY old trees, there's a road off to the right, (east), just north of Lone Pine, that takes you up to the top of the White Mountains, where there is a large grove of bristle cone pines; you won't see a bristle cone till you get above about 8,000 ft. Above that, you'll start seeing more and more of them; Above about 9,000 ft. it's the ONLY tree that will grow that high. The bristle cone pines are the oldest living trees in the world, older even than the giant sequoias, (many of which are only about 20 to 40 miles distant, as the crow flies, to the west, on the western slopes of the Sierras)

If you drive clear to the top, there's a parking lot, and during the warmer months, there's a Forest Service Ranger there; (they keep a VERY sharp eye on the bristle cones  there are two trails you can take, depending on how far you want to walk; by all means, if you've come this far, take the "Methuselah" trail, about 2 miles); while you are on this trail, takes a close look at each bristle cone pine; somewhere along the trail, (and they won't tell you where), you'll see the Methuselah Tree.

The Methuselah Tree is the oldest living tree on planet Earth, (according to years of research by the dendrocrinologists at U. Cal. There are quite a number of bristle cones that exceed 3,000 yrs old, and a few are more than 4,000 yrs old.
The Methuselah is the oldest one of all.

BTW..........the Forest Service Ranger had a tiny little aluminum trailer that she stays in, and right beside the trailer was a "young" bristle cone pine tree, maybe about 12 ft tall, with a trunk maybe 5 or 6 inches in diameter; I told my wife, "look, there's a baby bristle cone." The Ranger said to me, "would you like to guess how old that "baby" is ?" I asked if they really knew, and she said yes, almost to the yr; My best guess was 100 yrs old; Turns out, the "baby" was 900 yrs old ! (and just getting started !) It's a very unique and humbling feeling to see a living tree that the best science available tells us is more than 4,000 years old.

Charley



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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 9789 posts, RR: 26
Reply 9, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1075 times:
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Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
If you ever happen to be in California,

I live in California.  
Quoting geezer (Reply 8):
If you drive clear to the top, there's a parking lot, and during the warmer months, there's a Forest Service Ranger there; (they keep a VERY sharp eye on the bristle cones there are two trails you can take, depending on how far you want to walk; by all means, if you've come this far, take the "Methuselah" trail, about 2 miles); while you are on this trail, takes a close look at each bristle cone pine; somewhere along the trail, (and they won't tell you where), you'll see the Methuselah Tree.

Thanks for the info - I've actually read about that tree in one of the photography books I have. Haven't been up that way yet, but hopefully one of these days!



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User currently offlinezkojq From New Zealand, joined Sep 2011, 1147 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 1066 times:

  Very interesting. Shows how insignificant Humans are in the grand scheme of things. Thankyou for sharing, NoWorries.


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User currently offlineNoWorries From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 986 times:

Something to ponder -- which is more extraordinary ??

-- the fact that the various fundamental constants of the universe are tuned so finely that we have this wonderful universe from the smallest bit of matter to the grandest galaxies ..

-- the fact that we incredibly small specs of life have the capacity to at least somewhat understand it ..


User currently offlinewindy95 From United States of America, joined Dec 2008, 2713 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 950 times:

It is a nice site. I watched the Hubble telescope movie on IMAX 3D a few months ago and it was mind blowing. it made my brain hurt trying to think of the numbers and the possibilities of what is out there.


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User currently offlinehomsar From United States of America, joined Jan 2010, 1161 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 837 times:

Quoting zkojq (Reply 10):
Very interesting. Shows how insignificant Humans are in the grand scheme of things.

And if you could scroll that view one or two steps further back, you'd see Zaphod Beeblebrox's ego.



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User currently offlinejetmech From Australia, joined Mar 2006, 2684 posts, RR: 53
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 814 times:

I really enjoyed this video. Awesome visuals and music!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvTe1-a6Pdo

Regards, JetMech



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User currently offlinetexdravid From United States of America, joined May 2004, 1346 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 802 times:

Thanks for these awesome links.

It's amazing how small and insignificant we humans are. We are but small atoms in the universe frame of things.



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