A film about how large the universe is and how powers of ten become so drastically distant.
Powers of Ten combines the interest of mathematics and geography together and is summeried through numbers and speed
It starts out by showing a couple at a picnic in Chicago. It then shows an overhead shot a meter up of the man lying down on the picnic blanket. It then proceeds to zoom out by increasing the distance by a power of ten every ten seconds; 10 to the first meters, 10 to the second meters, 10 to the third meters, and so on.
Before long the viewer is above the earth, then the solar system, then the galaxy, then much of the visible universe. The viewer is projected back forward by decreasing the powers of ten every two seconds.
After a while the picnic scene is displayed again, but it doesn’t stop there. The view returns to the regular speed and goes into the negative powers; ten to the negative first meter, ten to the negative second meter, and so on. The viewer is zoomed into the man’s hand, and ends up zooming into a single proton in an atom.