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With Magnifying the Universe, You Can Dive into the Natural World at Scale

So, you’re sheltering at home for the third week, and you find yourself wondering: If I put the Statue of Liberty next to the Washington Monument, which would be taller? Or your kids asked you. For the tenth time. Got the answer?

Try Magnifying the Universe at and find out.

Become a dimensional navigator and zoom through the observable universe at every size and scale. Explore the vast reaches of the cosmos, then tunnel into the mysterious subatomic layers of reality. Discover the sizes of objects ranging from insects to stars, quarks to nebulae, and uncover a rich variety that grows as new items are added. Your computer mouse or trackpad enables your journey, with every click unlocking more to explore. Now launching from Intelligent Education ( as part of its mission to offer free, interactive, educational tools online, Magnifying the Universe answers the questions and satisfies the wonderment of teachers, homeschoolers, students, and those simply curious about their place in the world.

You’re Already Home, But Go Big Anyway—Or Really, Really Small

“How much do we scale? 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 times,” says Dr. Jed Macosko, academic director of Intelligent Education, co-founder of, and assistant professor of physics at Wake Forest University. “But what does such a mind-boggling number mean? Comparing massive things such as mountains or planets, or microscopic items such as viruses or DNA, in our heads is difficult—maybe even impossible. We wanted to make the idea of magnification real and present, leveraging today’s available data and technology to make something immediately valuable to students and teachers all over the world.”

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