Remember the cool xkcd infographicomic with all the known and verified exoplanets drawn to scale? If not, refresh your memory here.
Well now you can play with an interactive version of that comic! It looks just like the image above, but you have to click here to actually play with it, because the internet is not made of magic.
(this fine coding work done by Lane Harrison)
EDIT: When you click through to the viz, highlight the whole image and get a special nerd surprise. Sharp eyes by follower orangeschmorange!)
EDIT 2: Also try the Konami code (up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, b, a, enter) #mindblown
Close To Home
Explore the stars of the zodiac constellations, and their neighbors, in an interactive model of near space! Zoom from Earth outward and see the position and distance of those celestial bodies as they reside in three-dimensional space. It’s sort of like flying a spaceship through your web browser.
Of course, it’s the height of humanity’s hubris to assume that our particular perspective on the stars and the shapes we assign to them allow us any particularly special place in the universe. But they sure are pretty to look at :)
(via Kirstin Butler)
This week saw the arrival of a solar storm that many feared would cause electromagnetic havoc here on Earth (as well as giving us some more beautiful aurora porn). It didn’t prove to be all that bad in the end, but what exactly is a solar storm?
The kind folks at The Guardian have put together an interactive demo so that you can learn how they work. Of course, you’ll have to click through for the “interactive” part.
Experimental Fluid Abstractions, Right In Your Browser
I’m sorry for giving you all so many addictive toys to play with. We’re never going to get anything done around here.
The reverse apex of the Mariana Trench, Challenger Deep, is about 11,000 meters below the surface of the ocean. It’s one of the most mysterious, extreme locations on our planet. The pressure is so crushingly powerful that it would feel as if a one ton weight was resting on your fingernail. Of course, you’d be dead, so you wouldn’t feel it.
Now you can “travel” down there safely with this virtual dive into the trench from the BBC. Take a deep breath …
(via BBC News)
Previously: A Google Streetview for coastal oceans? Yes please!
The All-New Scale of the Universe
Guys, I don’t think you’re ready for this jelly. What you’re about to play with is going to blow your brains right out of the back of your head. Proceed with caution. Abandon all productivity ye who enter here.
Cary and Michael Huang present an updated edition of the “Scale of the Universe” interactive web portal. In it, you can zoom from quarks to cells to planets to the scale of the entire known cosmos, complete with accurate powers of ten. You can learn more about the objects you encounter by clicking on any of them.
Of course, words alone can’t capture how awesome and fun this is to play with, so I made a little screen-capture video so you can experience what the journey into the infinite will feel like when you go play.