The Universe as We Know It

Posted to Maps  |  Nathan Yau

The Known Universe from the American Museum of Natural History shows a view of the universe, starting from the Himalayas and quickly moving out to the edge where all is black and scary - made possible by the records in the Digital Universe Atlas.

Naturally, the above video draws comparisons to the well-known Powers of 10 video (below), but both serve different purposes. One teaches a mathematical concept while the other is meant to draw in visitors to a museum exhibit. Both are awesome.

[Thanks, Rich]



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