A while back I spoke of my feeling of oneness with the universe. Much like the Buddha, and others who followed the ancient Vedic ideas of the universal connectivity of all things, I had cultivated that feeling within myself.
My approach, very different than in times past, was to attempt to understand my place within the grand scheme of things.
One of the things that I found hardest was to visualize the physical size of things and size matters. A lot.
How large is an atom? How small is our sun? These questions, from our perspective, might seem backwards but it's all about the perspective.
One of the websites I follow is Science-based Life. Kyle over there finds interesting scientific facts that show up in my inbox daily and today he posted a real winner.
Scale2 from htwins.net is an interactive animation you absolutely must see, and hear, to believe.
You control the viewport which you shows you the contents of the universe by size, from the largest (the universe itself) to the smallest (the Planck length). Each object is labeled and clicking on them pops up a short description.