Interactive java app: Zoom in by powers of ten down to the nanoscale

Posted on August 25, 2010 by


Interactive java app that let’s you zoom in and out from the cosmic scale down to the nanoscale. Good for practicing scientific notation and Greek prefixes.

View the Milky Way at 10 million light years from the Earth. Then move through space towards the Earth in successive orders of magnitude until you reach a tall oak tree just outside the buildings of the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory in Tallahassee, Florida. After that, begin to move from the actual size of a leaf into a microscopic world that reveals leaf cell walls, the cell nucleus, chromatin, DNA and finally, into the subatomic universe of electrons and protons



Matthew J. Parry-Hill, Christopher A. Burdett and Michael W. Davidson – National High Magnetic Field Laboratory, 1800 East Paul Dirac Dr., The Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, 32310.