This week’s photo challenge calls for some scaling. I remembered this photo I took at Waipio Valley on the Big Island. It’s an incredibly beautiful and historically significant place; it was considered sacred land and the capital of the early Hawaiian kings. While the overall view from the lookout was amazing, I almost didn’t notice the (relatively) tiny waterfall at the far end of the shoreline. Fun fact: this was taken literally five minutes before the valley was engulfed in an intense rainstorm. I was lucky to get the shot.
When you think of a map of our solar system, what do you imagine? A set of planets neatly orbiting the sun in tight circles, perhaps? While visually appealing, such maps are inaccurate; there is so much empty space between planets, you’d need a much bigger – and duller – map to correctly display the size. Josh Worth has taken these mind-boggling stats and brought them down to a more manageable scale: pixels. If the moon were the size of a single pixel in your browser, how big would a page containing the solar system be?