astronomy

Leaving Earth: Timelapse of Moving Away from Earth

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From NASA

Explanation: What it would look like to leave planet Earth? Such an event was recorded visually in great detail by the MESSENGER spacecraft as it swung back past the Earth, eight years ago, on its way in toward the planet Mercury. Earth can be seen rotating in this time-lapse video, as it recedes into the distance. The sunlit half of Earth is so bright that background stars are not visible. The robotic MESSENGER spacecraft is now in orbit around Mercury and has recently concluded the first complete map of the surface. On occasion, MESSENGER has continued to peer back at its home world. MESSENGER is one of the few things created on the Earth that has left and will never return -- at the end of its mission MESSENGER will be crashed into Mercury's surface. 

5 - Our Planets

Lovely animation by Pablo Maximiliano of our planets.

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5 - The Earth - Overview Effect

The original Blue Marble photo (to the right) is 40 years old now. I find it and this video extremely moving and oddly comforting.


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1 - Carl Sagan's Pale Blue Dot in Animation

"From this distant vantage point, the Earth might not seem of any particular interest. But for us, it’s different. Consider again that dot. That’s here. That’s home. That’s us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives."

A remarkable animation by studio ORDER. 


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3 - Timelapse of the Australian Solar Eclipse

Australia had a solar eclipse last month. Photographer Colin Legg made this outstanding timelapse of it.

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3 - The Known Universe

From the American Museum of Natural History:

"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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