Power of Ten

Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picnic by the lakeside in Chicago, this famous film transports us to the outer edges of the universe. Every ten seconds we view the starting point from ten times farther out until our own galaxy is visible only a s a speck of light among many others.

Returning to Earth with breathtaking speed, we move inward – into the hand of the sleeping picnicker – with ten times more magnification every ten seconds. Our journey ends inside a proton of a carbon atom within a DNA molecule in a white blood cell.

h/t Astronomy Picture of the Day

  • Drunk_by_Noon

    I always loved this video ever since I saw it at an open house at JPL in Pasadena during the late 1970’s, maybe 1978?

    • Frau Katze

      It says it was made in 1977. I had never seen it before but it looked pretty cool.

      • Drunk_by_Noon

        They have a second follow-on video when they focus in on his hand and get closer by orders of 10.
        I saw the video you posted again on PBS Nova a few years later. If I remember correctly it was made by someone at MIT or University of Chicago.
        It must have been the summer of 1979 that I was there at JPL, and so I would have been 13 because Voyage had just flown by Jupiter and took all of those incredible pictures they were handing out.
        I was in astronomical-nerd heaven!

        • Frau Katze

          I’ve always been an astronomy buff, since is was in grade school. But Voyager pix from Jupiter started in 1979.

          I graduated from high school in 1969. I can remember the moon landing vividly. Our local paper was called “The Vancouver Sun”. On that day they printed instead “The Moon”.

          (It is still in existence, The Vancouver Sun).

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