Finally, we can comprehend the vastness of space, thanks to something as small as a pixel. ‘If The Moon Were Only 1 Pixel’, is an interactive guide created by designer Josh Worth that shows us the scale of our solar system through pixels.
You can patiently scroll through space, or you can make use of different symbols located on top to jump from planet to planet. You can also see the distance from the sun through different units, including: kilometers, miles, light minutes, astronomical units, earths, pixels, buses, and Great Walls Of China.
‘I was talking about the planets with my 5-year-old daughter the other day’, Worth says. ‘I was trying to explain how taking a summer vacation to Mars in the future will be a much bigger undertaking than a trip to Palm Springs (though equally as hot). I kept trying to describe the distance using metaphors like “if the earth was the size of a golf ball, then Mars would be across the soccer field” etc., but I realized I didn’t really know much about these distances, besides the fact that they were really large and hard to understand’.
If scrolling through pixels already makes you impatient and bored, can you imagine traveling through the far reaches of outer space in real life?