Black holes are vast, matter-annihilating objects that seem to defy physics by their very existence. They’re so weird, that when Albert Einstein’s equations first predicted the existence of these beasts, he didn’t believe they could actually be real.
And you can’t really blame him, because the idea that we have these singularities of space-time intent on sucking up all the matter around them scattered all around our cosmic backyard is pretty hard to wrap your head around.
million and stretches the entire length of the country. The Sun is represented by the Globe arena in Stockholm, the largest spherical building in the world. The planets are placed and sized according to scale with the inner planets being in Stockholm and Jupiter at the International airport Arlanda. The outer planets follow in the same direction with Saturn in Uppsala and Pluto in Delsbo, 300 km from the Globe. The model ends at the Termination shock, 950 km from the Sun.
At each planet station, exhibits provide information about astronomy and the natural sciences, and also about related mythology and culture. The Stockholm Visitor’s Board (former Stockholm Information Service) was a sponsor of the project in the beginning, like several museums, theaters, parks and scientific institutions.
The world’s largest spherical building is 110 m in diameter, the Globe in Stockholm (aka Ericsson Globe) represents the Sun in Sweden Solar System.
From the Planck scale to the cosmic scale, the size comparison of the universe will show you just how large our universe is! This is an update to my previous size comparison video published on the same date in 2015.
There are many improvements over the 2015 version, which include animated lens flares, one complete zoom from helium to the observable universe with no pictures cut out, descriptions for every picture, better star models, more accurate scaling, removed omniverse due to lack of scientific sources and much more!
View full lesson: http://ed.ted.com/lessons/what-we-can…
In a fun, excited talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the universe’s largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair winner, we can learn quite a lot about our own world and galaxy.
Beakus were commissioned to create three animated films that explain key concepts about our universe, with humour helping to explain the ‘almost’ unexplainable! Director Amaël Isnard also designed the films.
In ‘How Do We Know How Old The Sun Is?’ ROG astronomer Brendan explains how we determine the age of our Solar System from space rocks and how we can work out how long the Sun has left before it engulfs the inner planets.
Uploaded on Dec 15, 2009
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.
Data: Digital Universe, American Museum of Natural History
Visualization Software: Uniview by SCISS
Director: Carter Emmart
Curator: Ben R. Oppenheimer
Producer: Michael Hoffman
Executive Producer: Ro Kinzler
Co-Executive Producer: Martin Brauen
Manager, Digital Universe Atlas: Brian Abbott
Created in Blender, at 1920×1080 resolution, 25 fps.
What is that blue square near the end?
It’s the river/moat around the temple of Angkor Watt in Cambodia.
Is every detail accurate?
It’s an accurate guide to “the sort of thing” you would find. For example, real atoms are basically full of empty space, but I showed a lot of crazy patterns because there are quantum fluctuations and probability fields that make atoms fascinating links to infinite possibilities.
Can you make a video that zooms into something else?
Yes! I can change the person for sixty dollars, or a complete new video costs a thousand dollars. That is only a fraction of what it costs me to make it, assuming I pay myself minimum wage. A full video like this requires fifty high resolution images, and each one a day to find (because I need royalty free images at far below commercial rates). Then another day to edit seamlessly into the next image. Then the completed video takes a couple of weeks to put together, mainly because Blender is not designed for stuff like this and it takes ages to tweak those spline curves. It really needs Adobe AfterEffects, but that costs a fortune. So each new video takes four month’s skilled work. But I’m happy to do it if you want to pay!
This video uses three pieces. In order, they are:
“Haunting” by Matthew Milne of Logan Leistikow’s Public Music Project. The PMP was a site devoted to providing free (and royalty free) music for projects like this. Milne confirmed by email that he is happy for me to use this piece. He’s a great guy.
“Tenebrous Brothers Carnival – Mermaid” and “Long Road Ahead” by Kevin McLeod of http://Incompetech.com. McLeod is the patron saint of poverty stricken YouTubers, providing quality, royalty free music at no charge. Visit his site!
Music was merged using Audacity. Audacity and Blender (and the Gimp for the art) are free and open source.
All images are either created by me, public domain, or based on creative commons “attribution only, derivatives allowed” or similar license. Some of it is “sharealike” but the YouTube license does not allow downloading. So if you want a free copy of this video for your own mashups, contact me and I’ll send it by email.
“Close up eye” by Ben Mortimer Photography.
“My left retina” by martin Cathrae
Electron microscopy images from Dartmouth College (public domain) Thanks, Dartmouth!
Small molecules generated by the Gimp (marble madness plugin)
Large molecules: “eclipses” and “OBAFGKM” by fdecomite
Subatomic fractal details rendered in Apophysis, using data adapted from flames by “mutequacky” (the beautiful central image) and “kugel”.
Galaxies: a combination of numerous NASA public domain images. E.g. the main Milky Way image is adapted from “cosmological masterpiece” and “Hubble snaps heavyweight” by NASA/Goddard, uploaded to their Flickr account under creative commons 2.0.
Star fields: Random stars generated in The Gimp.
Planet Earth: public domain images from NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center, via the Visible Earth project.
Cambodia from space: public domain images via NASA’s Earth Observatory.
Angkor Watt from the air: by “jurvetson” and several photos by “oldandsolo”
Close up of Angkor buildings: Victoria Peckham”, “alex.ch”, and “michael clarke stuff”
Tree roots by “reibai”
Door details by “David A. Villa” and “mckaysavage”
Still images were adapted and merged in Photoshop Elements 5 and the Gimp.