24 posts tagged space
An enormous hurricane raging at Saturn’s north pole has an eye 2,000km (1,250mi) across - big enough to cover the UK 12 times over.
The striking images of the storm were snapped from a height of 420.000km (260,000mi) by the Cassini spacecraft, which arrived at Saturn in 2004.
They were captured in red and infrared wavelengths and have been false-coloured to show detail.
Remember our previous video post on our sub-blog on space OVERVIEW?
OVERVIEW is actually the prelude to Planetary Collective’s forthcoming project CONTINUUM, a feature documentary film about our deep interdependence with each other, the planet and the universe. They tell us that this perspective is the key to understanding the grave crises we currently face as a civilisation and as a planet. If you haven’t seen the trailer yet, here it is (video above)…
Planetary Collective a team of three self-taught filmmakers who took a chance, quit their jobs, and have been living in the back of trucks and on people’s floors for nearly two years in order to make this film a reality. And with your support in this final phase they will be able to launch the film in February, 2014. If you haven’t seen the project, please check out the Kickstarter page and make a pledge. There are only 12 days left in the campaign, so please do so before March 24th.
Explanation: The Whirlpool Galaxy is a classic spiral galaxy. At only 30 million light years distant and fully 60 thousand light years across, M51, also known as NGC 5194, is one of the brightest and most picturesque galaxies on the sky. The aboveimage is a digital combination of a ground-based image from the 0.9-meter telescope at Kitt Peak National Observatory and a space-based image from the Hubble Space Telescope highlighting sharp features normally too red to be seen. Anyone with a good pair of binoculars, however, can see this Whirlpool toward the constellation of the Hunting Dogs (Canes Venatici. M51 is a spiral galaxy of type Sc and is the dominant member of a whole group of galaxies. Astronomers speculate that M51’s spiral structure is primarily due to its gravitational interaction with a smaller galaxy just off the top of the image.
Echolab is a studio specialized in sound design. They have imagined with the motion design studio Korb what would the spread of sound be like on Mars. The result is simply amazing, both for visuals and sounds.
A gale is very strong wind. Gale is also a crater on Mars where NASA Curiosity rover landed on August 2012. It is the most advanced mobile robotic science lab ever to explore another planet. The rover aims to behave for a Martian year, but the nuclear power source may last for 14 years. What does the future hold for Curiosity? Will Mars rover ever leave Gale Crater?
Astronomers have conclusively measured the spin of a black hole for the first time by detecting the mind-bending relativistic effects that warp space-time at the very edge of its event horizon — the point of no return, beyond which even light cannot escape.
Higgs-like particle suggests it might
If the “Higgs-like particle” discovered last year is really the long-sought Higgs boson, the bad news is that its mass suggests the universe will end in a fast-spreading bubble of doom. The good news? It’ll probably be tens of billions of years before that particular doomsday arrives.
That’s one of the weirder twists coming out of the continuing analysis of results from Europe’s Large Hadron Collider, which produced the first solid evidence for the existence of the Higgs boson last year. Current theory holds that the Higgs boson plays a role in imparting mass to other fundamental particles. Confirming the discovery of the Higgs would fill in the last blank spot in that theory, known as the Standard Model.
Physicists discussed the state of the Higgs quest in Boston on Monday during the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Audio Data courtesy of CARISMA, operated by the University of Alberta, funded by the Canadian Space Agency.
20 Hz observes a geo-magnetic storm occurring in the Earth’s upper atmosphere. Working with data collected from the CARISMA radio array and interpreted as audio, we hear tweeting and rumbles caused by incoming solar wind, captured at the frequency of 20 Hertz. Generated directly by the sound, tangible and sculptural forms emerge suggestive of scientific visualisations. As different frequencies interact both visually and aurally, complex patterns emerge to create interference phenomena that probe the limits of our perception.
Made for the exhibition Invisible Fields at Arts Santa Monica in Barcelona Spain.
05.00 minutes. / HD / 2011
HD single channel and HD 3D single channel.
20Hz is co-commissioned by Arts Santa Monica + Lighthouse . Supported by the British Council.
World’s highest radio telescope captures image (left) providing evidence of how ‘gas’ planets are formed
The world’s highest radio telescope, built on a Chilean plateau in the Andes 5,000 metres above sea level, has captured the first image of a new planet being formed as it gobbles up the cosmic dust and gas surrounding a distant star.
The publication of Andreas Cellarius’ Harmonia Macrocosmica in 1660 forms the final chapter of an ambitious cartographic project initiated 25 years earlier by the Amsterdam publisher Johannes Janssonius (1588-1664), namely, the publication of an ATLAS in several volumes which described not only the surface of the Earth but the whole of Creation, including the cosmos and its history.
the video above is inspired from the video below. both worth watching
A tapestry of footage tracing the cosmic and biological origins of our species, set to original music. mp3: melodysheep.bandcamp.com/track/our-story
- Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman
- Into the Universe with Stephen Hawking
- Do We Really Need the Moon? BBC
- How Planet Earth Was Made
- David Attenborough’s First Life
- Dinosaurs Alive
- Journey to the Edge of the Universe
- Last Day of the Dinosaurs
- Walking With Cavemen
- Human Planet
- Mankind: The Story of All of Us
- Hubble Ultra Deep Field
- Wonders of the Universe
- Quest for Fire
- The Tree of Life
“My final project I made for my video productions class “Cutaway Productions” at my high school. I don’t own the rights to the song or the pictures and I am not trying to claim them, I just did this video for fun and i spent many a hour on it.” drivinman687
Song: Mind Heist (yes it is from Inception)
by: Zack Hemsey
Pictures: from all over the internet
some of the space pictures, are made by the digital artist “antifanfan”
by Kevin Margo
“One astronaut’s journey through space and life ends on a hostile exosolar planet. Grounded is a metaphorical account of the experience, inviting unique interpretation and reflection by the viewer. Themes of aging, inheritance, paternal approval, cyclic trajectories, and behaviors passed on through generations are explored against an ethereal backdrop. About this Tip Jar - Did Grounded inspire you? My dad’s life inspired me and his death inspired Grounded. 100% proceeds of this Tip Jar (note vimeo’s 15% service fee) goes to the American Cancer Society in memory of Paul Vincent Margo. Or donate yourself to www.cancer.org “
What does the universe look like on small scales? On large scales? Humanity is discovering that the universe is a very different place on every proportion that has been explored. For example, so far as we know, every tiny proton is exactly the same, but every huge galaxy is different. On more familiar scales, a small glass table top to a human is a vast plane of strange smoothness to a dust mite — possibly speckled with cell boulders. Not all scale lengths are well explored — what happens to the smallest mist droplets you sneeze, for example, is a topic of active research — and possibly useful to know to help stop the spread of disease. The below interactive flash animation, a modern version of the classic video Powers of Ten, is a new window to many of the known scales of our universe. By moving the scroll bar across the bottom, you can explore a diversity of sizes, while clicking on different items will bring up descriptive information. (text source)
experience it on the official website on it’s actual size
Flash Animation Credit & Copyright : Cary & Michael Huang
14 year old Cary said he invites people to correct any errors they find. This is the second version.
Powers of Ten is a 1968 American documentary film written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames. The film depicts the relative scale of the Universe in factors of ten (see also logarithmic scale and order of magnitude)
duration 9 mins