Cozmic Zoom App

Cozmic Zoom App

Launch Tool

  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • Android
  • $1.99  
  • A "lite" demo version with a smaller scope is available for free for Android

You won't need a microscope or a telescope in order to see details with Cozmic Zoom. This app does it for you.

Zoom all the way out to 28,000,004,096 light-years away for an overview of the observable universe from the "End of Greatness." Zoom back in to Earth through or past superclusters, groups, galaxies, the Milky Way, our nearest stars, comets, the sun and the rest of our solar system, and the moon.

Zoom in on the Earth. You'll get a chance to learn more about continents and oceans, before descending down into New York City's Central Park. From there you can continue to zoom into the eye of a person, where you'll be able scroll in to observe with microscopic detail cells, DNA, atoms, and atomic nucleus until finally you reach 1.1 femtometers in, where you can view the u quark inside a proton.

Swipe, pinch, and fling to zoom in and out on images. Touch the "i" icon to learn more about what you're seeing. Additionally, touching bolded words will bring up an in-app web browser where you can read more from sources such as the Encyclopedia of Science, World of Science, and Wikipedia. You can skip around the app by clicking on the term in the lower (iOS)/upper (Android) right corner, which brings up a menu.

Arrows next to a label indicate that a video is available. Learn more about what you're watching by clicking the "i" button in the top right corner. If a credit screen comes up, click "more" to reach the description.

Going Further

For Educators

This app would make a good starting point for units on mathematics in science, technology in science, the universe, or the structure of matter.

Explore scale using the distances on the left side of the app screen. Students will gain a sense of the difference in measurement between bases of ten that can be diffcult to comprehend without a visual reference. The videos also offer a visual reminder of the roles that microscopes, telescopes, and other observational equipment play in helping humans understand things they cannot observe unaided.

Additionally, you might use the app to illustrate how atoms create the structure of matter and how everything larger is composed of these tiny building blocks of matter. Or start at the other end and use the app to give students a feel for the size of the universe and show them where life began.

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