[Welcome to the Sci-Fi Lunch Break, where every day we'll be supplying you with a cool bit of audio/visual goodness to break up the monotony of the work day. You bring the turkey on rye, we'll bring you something out of this world to watch while you eat it.]

Where would science fiction be without the science? Silly question, I know, but that's my way of bracing you for a fictionless lunch break today. Powers of 10, a journey away from our tiny spot in this universe using an exponential scale, is, I'd argue, one of the most humbling documentaries I've ever seen, and that's saying a lot considering its over 40 years old and only 9 minutes long. If you've seen it you'll know exactly the enlightening experience I speak of. If you haven't, you soon will.

Before you get all "go read a textbook, math nerd" on me, know I'm not the only one in love with Powers of 10. It was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry in 1998 and has influenced countless cinematic voyages into deep space, the most obvious of which is the brilliant opening sequence of Robert Zemeckis' Contact.

Prepare to feel insignificant.
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