If the Moon Were Only 1 Pixel... (click for a tediously accurate map of the solar system)


An interactive demonstration of our universe in scale.

My Take: It's so easy to loose perspective as we sit embedded deep in the forest focused on our immediate problems, but I always find zooming way out helps put things in context. Then I think about how in all that immense space (and even more mind-blowingly immense time), not even a hint of life or consciousnesses appears as far out as we can perceive.

So our infinitesimally small and trivial little corner of the universe is still pretty special. At the same time, we're both meaningless dust *and* the creators of vast universes within each of our experiences. That's my take-away. - August


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