View Full Version : Where is the star-scale thread?

Loose rivets
23rd Nov 2007, 16:29
Can't find the link that shows planets and stars to scale...anyone remember where it is. Promised to show the grand-kids:8

23rd Nov 2007, 18:58
Not quite what you are looking for, but "if you liked that, you'll like this too.."


DX Wombat
23rd Nov 2007, 20:00
They might also like this (http://www.nasa.gov/audience/forkids/kidsclub/flash/index.html) website. :)

unstable load
23rd Nov 2007, 22:25

You will have to go through the pictures to find it, but it's in there and it's really an eye opener.

Loose rivets
23rd Nov 2007, 23:21
That's the one!

Thanks for the others as well :D The biggest kid in the house sat staring at them all for ages.

No prizes for guessing who that might be.

24th Nov 2007, 01:02
Fantastic site thanks. But do you know the approximate page to find said items. 150 pages and no time!! Thanks.

24th Nov 2007, 01:32
Here is the link (http://pizdaus.com/single.php?id=8411) I use, Tigs ... takes you straight to the star-scale gif. Brilliant piece of work that shows how completely insignificant we really are.

24th Nov 2007, 07:48
Wow. Great links everyone. I work in the field yet it always takes stuff like this to remind me about the scale of things and how insignificant we are.

What's more incredible, I think, is that it's likely in the next decade we'll start detecting earth-sized planets around relatively nearby stars and might even be able to tell if they could support life (e.g., determining the composition of their atmospheres). It puts the technology that'll be available soon in perspective - look how small the earth is compared to the sun.

We're already able to detect planets a little larger than the earth orbiting other stars, albeit indirectly, but we're not far away from detecting other earths, if they exist. Now if only the few million dollars needed to fund these projects is made available...

24th Nov 2007, 14:38
Of course no-one explains the Galaxy better than Eric Idle:


24th Nov 2007, 20:36
Thanks. What an awesome little slide show. Now I just need to work out how to download it!:ok:

24th Nov 2007, 21:48
It's not all about Size :)

24th Nov 2007, 23:19
Tigs, if you PM me with an email address, I'll send you a copy in GIF format.

Loose rivets
25th Nov 2007, 02:52
Okay, when you've finished looking at the universe, look at YouTube 'Kitty
Hitler'. Well, it save pondering the size of the universe.