Yukai Du's latest animation for TED Ed tells the story of a remarkable scientific discovery that uncovered for the first time the universe's vast scale.

As part of an ongoing series, illustrator Yukai Du has created an animated lesson for TED Ed, TED's youth and educational initiative. This time, her illustrations tell the story of a discovery made by the Hubble Telescope. Back in 1995, scientists pointed the telescope at an apparently empty area of the sky, near the Big Dipper. The images that came back revealed hundreds of distant galleries. Yukai's animation, together with narration from Alex Hofeldt, helps us understand the significance of their discovery. 

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

Yukai Du for TED Ed: "How small are we in the scale of the universe?" animation

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