Ancora Imparo

6 November 2007

Interactive Timeline of the Universe: The Big Bang, Formation of Earth, and Evolution of Life

Some time ago I came across a very nicely done Flash animation showing how the universe and Earth have developed to this point:

screenshot of'evolution — what next?'
evolution — what next?.

The site features a timeline with a slider you can drag. It starts at the big bang, an estimated 13.7 billion years ago. Once the solar system forms some five billion years ago, it focuses on Earth. Since the most interesting things, from a human perspective, have happened recently, there are a series of supplemental sliders to focus on the most recent portion of each timeline. With simple animations, it’s a nice, easy way to visualize the history of our planet, and see just where our little story fits in.


  1. Of course, there is the matter of how fast time passes…

    Comment by jd2718 — 11 November 2007 @ 15:07 UTC

  2. I’ve noticed that it’s hard to really get a sense of how the short timescales of human history fit in with, say, the medium timescales of vertebrate evolution or the long timescales of the history of Earth. There are different ways to visualize it, such as using the series of sliders here…that’s probably the best way that I can think of to do it….

    Comment by Darmok — 16 November 2007 @ 03:09 UTC

  3. It does keep things, and us, in perspective, doesn’t it. And yet, we can’t help but being bound to the very physical reality of our present.


    Comment by lamarguerite — 18 November 2007 @ 06:59 UTC

  4. this is a really gay site!!! go get a live

    Comment by ur mom — 7 May 2008 @ 18:37 UTC

  5. Web sites do not have sexual orientations, nor should those terms be used as insults. If you have a specific criticism, I would be happy to hear it.

    Comment by Darmok — 8 May 2008 @ 05:01 UTC

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    this is a really gay site!!! go get a live

    Comment by ur mom — 7 May 2008 @ 18:37 UTC

    No My friend, You lack the intelligence to comprehend anything related to this, YOU ARE GAY

    Comment by GalaxyGuy — 21 December 2008 @ 07:48 UTC

  7. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffff

    Comment by dthdjfgtjufgtjfgtjfgt — 15 April 2009 @ 06:25 UTC

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