Sunday, January 03, 2010

the known universe

I promised myself that in 2010 I would think big. So why not start with a tour of the known universe.

The movie titled "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.

Every satellite, moon, planet, star and galaxy is represented to scale and its correct, measured location according to the best scientific research to-date.

Watch the video below.

hat tip:
information aesthetics.Where form follows data.


Joel K Smock said...

Amid the glaring contradiction that exists between an active acquisition of knowledge and the notion that one thinks they can understand the universe passively through a modified, interactive, television now called a computer, it is worthy enough to point out here, as an example, that Rachel Whitehead's "Ghost" at the National Gallery in Washington D.C. has a perimeter equal to 24 strides. In astronomy, the distance between the earth and the sun is considered to be 1 astonomical unit. Also, the expression "sunrise" suggests we still observe a geocentric model of the universe instead of what is said to be a heliocentric model of the universe.

Joel K. Smock

CAP said...

If the known universe becomes overwhelming Chris, there's always the Gnome universe (same only smaller).