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Picture that compares Earth to the Largest known Star





Possum
I really like this picture of earth compared to the largest observable star VV Cephei



Just though you would like to see it..
Indi
i've always liked this image, and i've seriously considered making an animated version, starting from a person and pulling back to something like the largest ship on Earth, to something bigger (maybe a city or island), to a continent, to the Moon (or maybe Pluto first), up through the planets including the Earth up to Jupiter, then the Sun, then, maybe out to the Solar System, or maybe up to one of these giant stars.
Cheeldash
It;s a very nice picture and gives the idea of how much earth is small very well.
cybersa
We can learn more information from your pictures.
Thanks for the pictures.
Nice share.
kelseymh
Indi wrote:
i've always liked this image, and i've seriously considered making an animated version, starting from a person and pulling back to something like the largest ship on Earth, to something bigger (maybe a city or island), to a continent, to the Moon (or maybe Pluto first), up through the planets including the Earth up to Jupiter, then the Sun, then, maybe out to the Solar System, or maybe up to one of these giant stars.


Not a bad idea, but it'll take a bit of work to beat the Eames's.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_Ten (about the film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0 (the film itself)
http://www.powersof10.com/ (a Web adaptation)
http://htwins.net/scale/ (an interactive, modernized version)
Possum
thx kelseymh


http://htwins.net/scale/

totally impressive
saratdear
kelseymh wrote:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_Ten (about the film)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0fKBhvDjuy0 (the film itself)
http://www.powersof10.com/ (a Web adaptation)
http://htwins.net/scale/ (an interactive, modernized version)

Thank you very much for those finds, bookmarked. Smile
Bikerman
This little film is also good for getting a handle on scale
http://bikerman.co.uk/index.php/en/science/contacts/scale-of-the-universe
Bluedoll
The size of it would explain the reason we can see it, I would suspect.
Quote:
"If the Earth is the size of a pea in New York, then the Sun is a beachball 50m away, Pluto is 4km away, and the next nearest star is in Tokyo. Now shrink Pluto's orbit into a coffee cup; then our Milky Way Galaxy fills North America." — Wayne Hayes

Quote:
"When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong." (1917- )Arthur C. Clark, British science-fiction writer.

Quote:
Science is what you know, philosophy is what you don't know." —Bertrand Russell (1872—1970), British philosopher

Quote:
"A scientist can discover a new star, but he cannot make one. He would have to ask an engineer to do that." Gordon L. Glegg, American Engineer, 1969.
Bikerman
Size is not actually much indicator of whether something will be visible at cosmic distances. There are only two important factors at these distances - distance and emission. Obviously closer is better, but the most important factor is the amount of light given off. If there was a sun, similar to our own Sol, somewhere about 5 light years away, we would see it easily with the naked eye, and certainly with a pair of binoculars. If that same sized body was a planet rather than a sun we wouldn't have a clue it was there - even using our most powerful telescopes.
nanobid
It's not the end of comarison in size of stars. After few months or may be few days later one can see another supergiant.
mgeek
Very nice. I had no idea that the largest visible star is that LARGE.
Mrs Lycos
It's a great interactive site, thanks for sharing!
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