Powers of Ten

November 2nd, 2011 | Space

Take a trip through relativity with Powers of Ten.  The film starts beside a lake in Chicago and zooms out by an order of magnitude every ten seconds heading out to a distance of 100 million light years.  Then, you get a fast-track zoom-in toward the carbon atom.  I often forget how infinitesimally small I am in the vastness of the universe…

Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary short film written and directed by Ray Eames and her husband, Charles Eames.  In 1998, the short film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

For still images, please visit the Eames website.


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