One of the hardest things for the human brain to comprehend is the scale of the universe, both in physical size and in time. It’s really not possible for our brains to make sense of really big numbers, and simply impossible to grasp things on a scale far beyond what we evolved to interact with. But the universe we live in is “vastly hugely mindbogglingly big”, so we need to do our best to understand it, and technology can help. I love creative uses of technology to demonstrate all this. We need as many different demonstrations as we can get just to try to keep in mind our place in the Universe and this is one of the best (click that link to see it, I can’t figure out how to embed flash in WordPress). My only complaint is the music (which you can turn of by clicking the music note icon in the upper right of the animation). And since this is showing up all over the place without attribution, it was created by a couple of 14 year olds, Michael and Cary Huang.  I found the link to the original creators at ABC News. Oh, and the quote above is from Douglas Adams’ Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe.

Here’s the music I would have used: