Rebecca tells her brother a funny story about a letter Jane Crofut received from a minister.
It was addressed:
Jane Crofut; The Crofut Farm; Grover’s Corners; Sutton County; New Hampshire; United States of America; North America; Western Hemisphere; the Earth; the Solar System; the Universe; the Mind of God. — Thornton Wilder, Our Town (1938)
If you’ve ever seen it, then this scene from Our Town probably sticks with you. It is so powerful because it expresses something that is core to the human imagination, and that is why “media makers” have found a way to represent some version of it in every medium possible.
For example, there’s that humorous and memorable Animaniacs’ Yakko’s Universe Song that captures the gist. It is intended for children, but is still fun to watch at any age.
Here is just one of the many YouTube videos that explore similar themes.
It was only a matter of time before an implementation in 360°/3D/VR media come along, and it arrived in the form of this interactive 360° Video — press and hold to explore it!
Finally, NASA has even created an awesome website called The Scale of Universe that let’s you get a sense of the scale of the universe using a scroll bar. Check it out!
Here are links to pages about closely related subjects.
Solar System Sun
Terrestrial Planet Mercury, Venus, Earth (Moon), Mars
Asteroid Belt Ceres, Vesta
Jovian Planet Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune
Kuiper Belt Pluto, Haumea, Makemake
Scattered Disc Eris, Sedna, Planet X
Oort Cloud Etc. Scholz’s Star
Small Body Comet, Centaur, Asteroid
Tree of Life
Plant Flower, Tree
Invertebrate Octopus, Ant, Bee, Butterfly, Spider, Lobster
Vertebrate Fish, Seahorse, Ray, Shark, Frog, Turtle, Tortoise, Dinosaur
Bird, Ostrich, Owl, Crow, Parrot
Mammal Bat, Rabbit, Giraffe, Camel, Horse, Elephant, Mammoth
Whale, Dolphin, Walrus, Seal, Polar Bear, Bear, Cat, Tiger, Lion, Dog, Wolf
Monkey, Chimpanzee, Human