Gigglebit: The universe is, like, really big

10 Dec 2014

A portrait of mankind's deepest-ever view of the universe. Image via NASA; ESA; G. Illingworth, D. Magee, and P. Oesch, University of California, Santa Cruz; R. Bouwens, Leiden University; and the HUDF09 Team

Gigglebit is Siliconrepublic’s daily dose of the funny and fantastic in science and tech, to help start your day on a lighter note.

Today we attempt to fit the entire universe into one article, which is some feat, I tell you.

Designed and created by Cary and Michael Huang, The Scale of the Universe 2 is their second version of the scrollable adventure which, unsurprisingly, charts the true scale of the universe from the smallest to the largest known entities which are known to exist.

Starting at the smallest level, the tiniest known thing which exists delves into quantum theory with quantum foam and a quantum string measuring a planck, named after German theoretical physicist Max Planck, which equates to 1.616199(97) × 10−35 m, or in plain English, incredibly small.

Meanwhile, at the other end of the scale, we have the observable universe which in light years has a radius of 46.6bn light years.

And yet, at the halfway point, we remain smaller than a sunflower and a giant earthworm, which measures at about 10 metres.

Feel insignificant yet?

Click on the image below to try it out for yourself.

Colm Gorey was a senior journalist with Silicon Republic