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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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. "


2 - Solar Walk - The Stars in Your Hand

It's no secret that I like apps (see here), and I am know to wax rhapsodic about them. But this one I am so excited by. It is a powerful, gorgeous 3D model of space on your iPhone or iPad. It's called Solar Walk. 

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1 - A Boy, His Train and Space

A father and son team build a rig to send his favorite toy train into space and film the whole thing. In father, Ron Fugelseth’s own words:

"My 4 year old and Stanley are inseparable like Calvin and Hobbes. He’s been attached to him since he was two, and they play, sleep and do everything together. I animated Stanley’s face with After Effects and Photoshop to bring him to life how I imagine my son sees him."