Monday, February 8, 2010

The Known Universe (Video)

What would it look like to travel across the known universe? To help humanity visualize this, the American Museum of Modern History has produced a modern movie featuring many visual highlights of such a trip.  The video starts in Earth's Himalayan Mountains and then dramatically zooms out, showing the orbits of Earth's satellites, the Sun, the Solar System, the extent of humanities first radio signals, the Milky Way Galaxy, galaxies nearby, distant galaxies, and quasars.

Frequently using the Digital Universe Atlas, every object in the video has been rendered to scale. The film has similarities to the famous Powers of Ten video that has been a favorite of many space enthusiasts for a generation.

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