The Known Universe

Saturday Morning Open Thread: Some Perspective, Universal Edition

Hat-tip to Lordrag of DelphiForums for finding this.

Ever wonder about your relative place in the Universe? Well, someone did. And that someone -- or group of "someones" -- put this together. From the YouTube information:


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.

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Video posted to YouTube by AMNHorg.

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