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Zoomable timeline of the cosmos puts us in our place
It certainly makes you feel small. A new interactive website takes you on a crash course through the history of our universe, all the way from the present day right back to 13.7 billion years ago and the dawn of time.
ChronoZoom, which went live yesterday, is a timeline that is subdivided into millions of years, which lets users zoom in on the most interesting eras - whether it’s the birth of the first stars or when humans first walked the Earth.
Manipulating the slider, zooming in from the big bang through to the Mesozoic era for example, you get an intuitive sense of how our own existence on Earth occupies such a tiny portion of the scale. Each segment of time is packed with extras, like video clips or personal stories, or extra data about the period. Zoom in close to the very beginning of time and a separate chart appears that illustrates what happened in the first seconds after the big bang.
Submenus let users switch the focus from the cosmos section of the timeline all the way down to human prehistory and beyond…
(via New Scientist)