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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Known Universe

Posted by on Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 5:01 PM

This film shows the known universe as mapped through astronomical observations.

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

Kind of makes this whole Tiger Woods thing seem sort of insignificant, huh?

(via the AMNH and Gruber)

 

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dnt trust me 1
What? is Tiger Woods some extremely grassy knoll in Neverland? Never underestimate the power of a 911 call,
EST phone home. Werner Erhard (born Jack Rosenberg) are you out there?????
Posted by dnt trust me on December 21, 2009 at 5:07 PM · Report this
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If anything, this makes the whole Tiger Woods thing seem more significant.
Posted by minderbender on December 21, 2009 at 5:12 PM · Report this
Fnarf 3
Close your tag.
Posted by Fnarf http://www.facebook.com/fnarf on December 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 4
@3 - Just seeing if you were paying attention.. fixed.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on December 21, 2009 at 5:14 PM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 5
It would be more fun if it was a map of the unknown universe. Then they could have sea serpents and dragons and shit on it.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty http://www.nra.org on December 21, 2009 at 5:23 PM · Report this
Urgutha Forka 6
I'd love to see a fundamentalist christian version of this.
Posted by Urgutha Forka on December 21, 2009 at 5:25 PM · Report this
COMTE 7
@6:

It would probably end with a ginormous hand reaching out to block the camera.
Posted by COMTE on December 21, 2009 at 5:39 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 8
surprised you posted without the obvious reference to the short film Powers of Ten http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Powers_of_T…
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on December 21, 2009 at 5:48 PM · Report this
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You can see that satellite altitudes fall into two families: low-earth (just above the atmosphere, so as not to burn up -- cheap) and geo-synchronous (same period as earth, so stays over one spot -- expensive).

You can also see from the galaxy map that we can't see through our galactic disk.

On the way back in, you can see that it's lush on the seaward side of the Himalayas and arid on the other side, just like the Cascades.

Lots of nice stuff to see here.
Posted by David Wright on December 21, 2009 at 5:54 PM · Report this
Andy_Squirrel 10
also, this makes the olymics seem less "epic" and more adorable......

awww....look how hard they are working.....cute.....I want to pinch their collective cheeks....
Posted by Andy_Squirrel on December 21, 2009 at 5:55 PM · Report this
theophrastus 11
needs "wacky-sax" soundtrack
Posted by theophrastus on December 21, 2009 at 5:59 PM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 12
@11 - Yakety Sax.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on December 21, 2009 at 6:01 PM · Report this
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for more fun, go to the home page of the Swedish group which develops/sells the program
SCISS AB
Posted by Chas Redmond on December 21, 2009 at 6:06 PM · Report this
Baconcat 14
The Milky Way is a barred spiral, this video is already outdated.

Fail.
Posted by Baconcat on December 21, 2009 at 6:24 PM · Report this
dnt trust me 15
@10 " also, this makes t he olymics seem less "epic" and more adorable......awww....loo k how hard they are working

one can substitute "slog and its comments" for "olymics" and it may have a stronger display coordinates 2:14-3:14resolution
though i may have to check out The Powers of Ten, thnks. we got a library loan over the weekend of 'Guys and Dolls'

oh gawd my head in the stars tonight, at least from
Posted by dnt trust me on December 21, 2009 at 6:41 PM · Report this
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Shouldn't this video have started in Fremont?
Posted by nightlifejitters on December 21, 2009 at 7:26 PM · Report this
LAWoFFICEpANTHER 17
when you wish upon a star sometimes things fall including maybe cats maybe black cats on mugs in beds in bags of chips!

these things will move we don't know them at all and i don't think this is particular to relevant to nonsense eldrick the skeeze you are a skeeze for attempting i feel your requirements it sucks it is hard but you really could do better

wish all the best to you and hope you don't mwbdlr
Posted by LAWoFFICEpANTHER on December 21, 2009 at 7:30 PM · Report this
tabletop_joe 18
Anthony, thanks for posting this. I enjoyed it a lot.

And WTF is with the comments tonight? I'm starting to wonder if something's wrong with my reading comprehension because shit is making no sense. Tennis racket spaghetti machine low-flying weather balloon.
Posted by tabletop_joe on December 21, 2009 at 7:43 PM · Report this
19
The extent of our radio signals so far kinda thrilled me.
Posted by gloomy gus on December 21, 2009 at 8:07 PM · Report this
20
And for "kinda" substitute "totally."
Posted by gloomy gus on December 21, 2009 at 8:08 PM · Report this
Violet_DaGrinder 21
@9
Ahh! I was wondering about the shape of the missing info. Thanks.
@20
Me too. Totally. :)
Posted by Violet_DaGrinder http://www.imeem.com/jukeboxmusic51/music/y1malqpG/prince-the-new-power-generation-featuring-eric-leeds-on-f/ on December 21, 2009 at 8:11 PM · Report this
Bauhaus I 22
Kind of makes this whole Tiger Woods thing seem sort of insignificant, huh?

I'll say.

I'm in LA for the next few months and the lead story on nearly all the local news stations tonight was about Brittany Murphy. Whether it was a heart defect or starving herself or drugs, it's sad and tragic to be sure, but there are currently two wars going on and people are dying every day. Where's the concern for them? If Ms. Murphy died because she couldn't handle the rigors of fame and fortune, my deepest sympathies to her family and loved ones, but there are A LOT of cold, lonely, hungry people out there who would give anything for 1/1000th of what she had.

Los Angeles needs an infusion of priority and perspective.
Posted by Bauhaus I on December 21, 2009 at 9:51 PM · Report this
Telsa Grills 23
@8: Thank you thank you thank you for mentioning it sooner.

The whole time I was thinking, "Ray and Charles Eames '09". This was very well done, but still not original like Powers of Ten was — still a masterpiece all its own. It also went both macro and micro-scale.

(Beat that, AMNH.)
Posted by Telsa Grills on December 21, 2009 at 11:28 PM · Report this
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So is there a "Google Universe".

Like, find me a Supercuts on Alpha Centuri?

Posted by UWW (Universe Wide Web) on December 22, 2009 at 12:42 AM · Report this
Fool multitude 25
Very nice but the video didn't really show us ALL of the known universe. We were shown the macrocosmos but what about the microcosmos? If you're gonna do the talls, do the smalls too. Just sayin'.
Posted by Fool multitude on December 22, 2009 at 5:53 AM · Report this
Fool multitude 26
@8: Exactly.
Posted by Fool multitude on December 22, 2009 at 5:56 AM · Report this
27
Very cool - why not do it yourself though?

http://www.capjournal.org/issues/07/07_2…
Posted by laphilmon on December 22, 2009 at 6:37 AM · Report this
28
Need to learn to post a link... sorry, it's not an ad, it's a review of 10 free software programs for desktops. It won't have as nice visuals as the AMNH, but you would be able to "fly through space" on your own...

Communicating Astronomy with the Public …
Posted by laphilmon on December 22, 2009 at 6:42 AM · Report this
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Oh comeon, the second half of this was totally the intro to Star Trek the Next Generation.

I call shenanigans. Probably recorded in NASA's parking lot.
Posted by Max P on December 22, 2009 at 6:44 AM · Report this
Vince 30
Is the exact center of the universe calculable and does it have any relevance?
Posted by Vince on December 22, 2009 at 7:42 AM · Report this
Timmytee 31
@6 I think this IS the fundamentalist version--earth as the center of the U.
Posted by Timmytee on December 22, 2009 at 8:09 AM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 32
@30 - There is no center of the universe. Everything is moving away from everything else.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on December 22, 2009 at 8:28 AM · Report this
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@22: One of the main points is that not only is the Tiger Woods thing ridiculously insignificant, So are the two major (and however many minor) current wars, global pollution & climate change, every evil , beauty, natural or man-made disaster... We could explode every nuke on the planet and not make the slightest ripple in the universe. Eventually anyway, that little sun-speck is going to get just fractionally bigger on the way to burning out, and every trace of Earth will disappear (outside a couple odd spacecraft). And still, not even the slightest notice as the universe just keeps on to it's own dissipation. Have a great day!
Posted by And so it goes on December 22, 2009 at 8:52 AM · Report this
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"And hope that there's intelligent life somewhere out in space 'cause there's bugger all down here on earth!"
Posted by Eric Idle on December 22, 2009 at 9:02 AM · Report this
medium 35
Weird. I didn't notice Jesus in any of that.
Posted by medium on December 22, 2009 at 9:03 AM · Report this
medium 36
Nor 72 virgins (or however many).
Posted by medium on December 22, 2009 at 9:06 AM · Report this
Vince 37
@32 So, in a very real sense the center is the spot from which you perceive it?
Posted by Vince on December 22, 2009 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Anthony Hecht 38
@37 - I guess you could say that, or you could say that it's all the center, and all not the center. The Big Bang happened everywhere at once. It's all basically un-graspable by the human mind, if you ask me.
Posted by Anthony Hecht on December 22, 2009 at 10:25 AM · Report this
39
This gave me goosebumps. Science is so cool <3
Posted by kersy on December 22, 2009 at 12:45 PM · Report this
40
cool.
Posted by science lady on December 23, 2009 at 9:07 AM · Report this
41
this totally changes what i want for christmas.
Posted by Friendly one on December 23, 2009 at 9:09 AM · Report this

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