Inviting users to click their way through the cosmos, The Size of Space wowed readers. Designed by "creative coder" Neal Agarwal, the resource makes complicated astrology concepts a bit more tangible. Readers who enjoy this piece will also want to check out Agarwal's entire Neal.fun website, home to a variety of equally impressive data visualization projects (including two other previous Scout features, Life Stats from the 05-01-2020 issue and The Deep Sea from the 03-20-2020 issue).
While the enormity of the universe is hard to conceptualize, this visual graphic created by computer scientist Neal Agarwal helps provide some context. The Size of Space allows users to click through a series of images that categorize elements of space and space exploration by size. The site begins with an astronaut, and sizes-up from there, taking users on a journey through space shuttles, stations, asteroids, planets, black holes, nebulae, and galaxies, concluding with the end of the observable universe. The interactive methodology and clear visuals provide an engaging way for users to interact with space themes, making it a desirable supplemental tool for teachers completing space related units. The site concludes with a quote from Carl Sagan: "Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." This quote encompasses the theme of the site, an invitation to explore mystical aspects of space in an effort to better understand beyond what we can directly see.