YouTube Video vs. The Universe

Our world seems to be a pretty big place ... until you compare it with the rest of the universe. Where does Earth fit in? Space science scholars watch as the narrator uses a tiny pixel to illustrate how much room we take up in space.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Use the resource during a space science unit to help pupils gain perspective of the size of Earth in the universe
  • Expand the lesson by having groups find other objects that have a size difference of one quintillionth
Classroom Considerations
  • Learners should have prior knowledge of light years and the observable universe
Pros
  • Animations help convey the tremendous size difference between our planet and the universe
  • The narrator's use of familiar images helps provide context for visual learners
Cons
  • None