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Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Thu May 03, 2012 2:40 pm

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Thu May 03, 2012 3:06 pm

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Thu May 03, 2012 3:12 pm

Agreed, worth a look. Makes you wonder.
 
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Thu May 03, 2012 4:32 pm

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Thu May 03, 2012 11:03 pm

Nice, my favorite part is the Planck scale with the quantum foam and the string.  
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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Thu May 03, 2012 11:20 pm

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

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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 12:08 am

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.
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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 12:31 am

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 2:47 am

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.

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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 3:47 am

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 4:08 am

  Very interesting. Shows how insignificant Humans are in the grand scheme of things. Thankyou for sharing, NoWorries.
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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 11:25 am

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 ..
 
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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Fri May 04, 2012 12:45 pm

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Sat May 05, 2012 12:53 am

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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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Sat May 05, 2012 1:56 am

I really enjoyed this video. Awesome visuals and music!

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

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RE: Web Site Shows The Scale Of The Universe

Sat May 05, 2012 2:26 am

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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