A Perspective on Time is an infographic that puts laaaaaarge time scales into perspective using a series of stacked bar charts.

Starting with 24 hours, and building up to the life of the universe, each horizontal bar represents a new, larger time scale that incorporates the prior bar for context.

Humans are good at a lot of things, but putting time in perspective is not one of them. It’s not our fault – the span of time in human history, and even more so in natural history, are so vast compared to the span of our life and recent history that it’s almost impossible to get a handle on it.

This infographic was designed by Mayra Magalhães as a collaboration project between Visually and Wait But Why.  Click the infographic to see a larger, more legible version.

 A Perspective on Time infographic 600w