The Universe as a Web Page

By Deane Barker on June 22, 2006

The Deep Sky Frontier: Too much time on your hands?

This page is 9 quadrillion pixels wide by 9 quadrillion pixels tall. Thus it contains a large number of pixels:

Using the arrow keys to scroll, see if you can move the scroll button even one pixel. On second thought, don’t— especially if you’re the doggedly persistent type. To do so will take about seven times longer than your natural lifespan

Scroll to the furthest corner.



  1. Wow. That’s a lot of pixels. Once you start relating things on those kinds of orders of magnitude, it all just turns into “big”.

  2. In a page like that, I kinda figured there would be an easter egg somewhere, and sure enough, there’s a love note hidden in there. Check the source code or search the page for “Amber”. Also a reference to “Lucy” elsewhere.

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