If you haven't taken a moment to sit in rapturous awe of the Universe today, now's your chance.
The Flash animation linked here is a little old—it seems to have been released back in January. But the result is so absolutely amazing that I felt the need to post it anyway. Designer Cary Huang has made an illustration of our place in the Universe that will give you vertigo and chills. In a good way. I don't often compare Flash animations to the lost, floating feeling you get when staring up at a light-pollution-free night sky that's so full of stars you can barely stand it ... but this gets close.
Thanks to warpwiz for making my day by Submitterating this.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy. You can find Maggie on Twitter and Facebook.