December 21, 2009

The Known Universe, Compressed into a Short Video

The Known Universe is a new film produced by the American Museum of Natural History as a part of the new exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe. Info about the video and the video itself are available below the fold.

The breathtaking video starts at a relatively small scale at Mount Everest, and slowly accelerates away from the Earth. As it does so, the solar system becomes apparent, then disappears as nearby stars appears, and the Milky Way slowly starts to dwarf these. Eventually other known galaxies come into view, and then the video reaches the edge of the observable universe, and looks at the remnants of the Big Bang, 13.7 billion years old. At this point, the video returns back home to the Earth.

The most amazing part of the video is that it is constructed using accurate data from observations and research. It is primarily based on the Digital Universe Atlas, the most complete map of the universe maintained and regularly updated by the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. The Atlas is used by numerous planetariums worldwide.

As you watch the video below, try to not only keep up with the many levels of the universe around us, but also appreciate the grandeur of what we know is around us.

Image and Video: American Museum of Natural History

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