Tag: Astronomy

The Known Universe

Hans Zimmer – Time (We Plants Are Happy Plants Remix) [HD]

I love science! Okay, sure I can’t do basic math without a calculator and I always forget what DNA stands for, but I still love science with the enthusiasm of a simpleton and a shiny object! So in that spirit, check out this wonderful video I found over at Geeks are Sexy! Here’s the important details for Known Universe:

From the American Museum of Natural History:

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

The exhibition may be over, but the museum isn’t! Hit the link above for their site and, y’know, learn stuff. So, here it is… The Known Universe…

Pale Blue Dot: Animation

Image capture from Animation of Pale Blue Dot

I went looking for something cool, and maybe a little quirky to post tonight, but instead I found this groovy little animation by Sheridan College student (alumni now?), Adam Winnik. Check out the video below that illustrates an audio excerpt from Carl Sagan’s: A Pale Blue Dot. I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this before, but I don’t think it had quite the same impact on me the first time around. I mean, dude, we’re so insignificant… what’s the point of it all? Are we really all alone in the universe? Is this just an insignificant spec of dust spinning it’s way around a vast, dark, universe? Is there any meaning to life at all? Damn, I feel all weird and meta now. I think I’ll go eat some waffles and watch some porn to cheer up.

Wait a sec, that’s it! Waffles and porn, two of the best reasons why our planet and we as a species matter! Two glimmering examples of man’s (or woman’s) positive impact on this universe. Thank you waffles and porn, you’re the hitch that keeps this buggy rolling!

Pale Blue Dot – Animation from Ehdubya on Vimeo.

Hubble Captures Disk Galaxy From The Side

Okay, I found this first on geekology.com but the image is also popping up on several science blogs all over the web. This little slice of light is NGC 4452, a spinning disc galaxy much like our own but is unique because Hubble was able to take an image of it from a side view. Apparently this type of galaxy is fairly common in the universe but it’s been difficult to find any images of their width. The thing I like most about this image is not just the galaxy in the center (that represents hundreds of millions of stars), but the dozens of other spinning galaxies twirling out around it. That is one big damn universe.

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