Can you imagine? Take a cup of tea/coffee, sit back, relax and before finishing – you can actually travel across the universe up to 13.7 billion light years away (By the way, 1 Light Year = just under 10 trillion kilometers) and return where you are, that is under 7 minutes!
So what would it look like to travel across the universe then? To help us visualize this, the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in partnership with Rubin Museum of Art has produced a modern movie titled “The Known Universe“, directed by Carter Emmart and curated by Ben R. Oppenheimer using visualization software “Uniview by SCISS” – featuring many visual highlights of such a trip.
The video starts in Earth’s Himalayan Mountains, the Tibetan Plateau 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. As the distant surface of the microwave background is finally reached, radiation is depicted that was emitted billions of light years away and less than one million years after the Big Bang.
Watch this awesome video clip and get ready to be stunned. (You can see it in 720p HD quality too)
This short film provides an overview of the modern astrophysical view of the universe. What you will witness is based entirely on real observational data and the interpretation of that data through the laws of physics. Every objects of the universe (from mountain, planet, satellite, star, galaxy, quasar to our cosmic horizon) are represented accurately in both size and position relative to each other, based on AMNH’s best scientific research/knowledge to date. The film is based on the Digital Universe Atlas, an on-going project of the AMNH and the Hayden Planetarium, which consists of the world’s most complete and scientifically accurate 4-D map of the universe.
I hope you enjoy this short, yet stunning movie that shows where we are in a much larger universe. Please let me know what you think in the comments section…
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