Magnifying the Universe: Move From Atoms to Galaxies in HD

Copy­right 2012. Mag­ni­fy­ing the Uni­verse by Num­ber Sleuth.

Before you do any­thing else, click on the image above and then move lit­tle slid­er (along the bot­tom of the image) from left to right. Now watch the uni­verse fly by, going from macro to micro. Pret­ty cool, no? Now read on:

This dynam­ic info­graph­ic comes to us via Num­ber Sleuth, who describes their won­der­ful cre­ation as fol­lows:

This inter­ac­tive info­graph­ic accu­rate­ly illus­trates the scale of over 100 items with­in the observ­able uni­verse rang­ing from galax­ies to insects, neb­u­lae and stars to mol­e­cules and atoms. Numer­ous hot points along the zoom slid­er allow for direct access to plan­ets, ani­mals, the hydro­gen atom and more. As you scroll, a handy dial spins to show you your present mag­ni­fi­ca­tion lev­el.

While oth­er sites have tried to mag­ni­fy the uni­verse, no one else has done so with real pho­tographs and 3D renderings.…We hope you have a blast mag­ni­fy­ing the uni­verse, know that each time you zoom in a depth, you’re mag­ni­fy­ing the uni­verse 10x … and every time you zoom out, the big­ger objects are 1/10th of their pri­or size. If you zoom from the biggest object, The Observ­able Uni­verse, all the way down to the hydro­gen atom­’s pro­ton nucle­us, you will have zoomed in over 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000x! Unbe­liev­able isn’t it? Our uni­verse real­ly is immense­ly mas­sive and sur­pris­ing­ly small.

If you’re famil­iar with the work of Ray and Charles Eames, this info­graph­ic will almost cer­tain­ly remind you of Pow­ers of Ten, the Eames’ 1977 film. That’s some­thing we’re going to talk about more on Mon­day. For more info on how to use Mag­ni­fy­ing the Uni­verse, please see the instruc­tions here

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  • Martin says:

    have a look at which is also a nice scal­ing appli­ca­tion.

    thank you for this very nice blog. it is one of my favorites in my list.

  • alvin ochanda says:

    this is won­der­ful­ly amazing,good work guys for giv­ing us the feel,

  • Mrs. Busby says:

    Can you please write this in HTML5. I would like to be able to view it on Apple devices.

  • chloe wiles says:

    i am a 15 year old who sells her body for food. yes, i know it is very sad but it has to be done. please for­give me for all the ppl who caught sti’s because of me

  • S. Nazarelly says:


    Would you please clar­i­fy, for us poor un-Amer­i­cans, whether the abbre­vi­a­tion “m” used in the mea­sure­ments stands for ‘miles’ or for ‘meters’ ?

  • L. Schuhmann says:

    This is awe­some! My sci­ence teacher showed this to us and it expand­ed my con­cep­tion of the uni­verse. Thank you so much for mak­ing this! My sug­ges­tion, though, is to add more objects between the Earth and small ani­mals, and maybe try to add sub­atom­ic par­ti­cles. Also, maybe show more stars, plan­ets, and galax­ies. Final­ly, maybe try to make it more accu­rate because Texas is not as big as Plu­to. Thanks again, and please con­sid­er this.

  • bob says:

    its blocked :(

  • teacher says:

    I have shown this site to my stu­dents for years. Now this year I am unable to show them the awe­some­ness dur­ing our uni­verse unit. So dis­ap­point­ing.

  • Anna says:

    I have also whown this site many times Before, but can’t make it work now. :(

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