Tag Archives: Universe

Ancient Starlight

According to the New York Times, “Ancient starlight, emitted by the first stars in the universe, has been detected using the Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. Marco Ajello, an astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley, and his colleagues report the finding in the current issue of the journal Science. Dr. Ajello conducted the research while [...]

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Scale of the Universe

As many of you know, Charles and Ray’s film Powers of Ten takes the viewer on an adventure of magnitudes. It is a journey that shouldn’t be missed. This blog, which is based on the Eameses’ film, is another way to look at the relative size of things in the universe.  It explores powers of [...]

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Messier 9

“The NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has produced the most detailed image so far of Messier 9, a globular star cluster located close to the center of the galaxy. This ball of stars is too faint to see with the naked eye, yet Hubble can see over 250,000 [10+05] individual stars shining in it. Messier 9, [...]

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1.3 (million cubic yards of earth)

A 2002 view of the Crater’s Eye, at the center of the bowl. Photo from Florian Holzherr in New York Times ————————————————- From the Roden Crater website… “(James) Turrell’s work involves explorations in light and space that speak to viewers without words, impacting the eye, body, and mind to heighten awareness. ‘I want to create [...]

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(8.23E+) 38 (cubic kilometers)

Photo from FotoSearch On How Stuff Works website, the following question has been presented and answered… “How many teaspoons are there in a cubic light year? “This is such a great question because it really makes you think about the scale of the universe! Let’s take a look. “A good starting point is the teaspoon. [...]

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One in a Million

“Orders of magnitude” is a mathematical way of understanding the world around us.  For example, Earth is seven orders of magnitude (7 powers of ten) larger than the man asleep at the picnic in Chicago; a human is three orders of magnitude bigger than a bee. In Powers of Ten , exponential growth (by powers [...]

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Cosmic View

Charles and Ray Eames were thinking about scale and using the system of exponential powers to visualize and understand large quantities long before their magnum opus of 1977, Powers of Ten: A Film Dealing with the Relative Size of Things in the Universe, and the Effect of Adding Another Zero (the title says it all: [...]

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  • Countdown to Powers of Ten Day

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