This little video, brought to us by NASA Goddard, shows off all of the galaxies we're currently aware of, in one swirling, fluid shot. It's like the visualizer your freshman college roommate used to stare at on his laptop while listening to Sigur Ros, under the influence of who knows what--but for real.
Apparently the video was created by taking images from the Hubble telescope and several other sources and placing them in a virtual 3-D space, corresponding to our viewing vantage point. Basically, it's a 3-D video tour of the universe as we know it at the moment. You can check out the full-sized video here. Enjoy!
Why are their blind spots in what we observe (as shown in the video)?
It seems like we can see remarkably far in some directions, but nothing in other directions. Or have we just not had enough time to point the hubble and other telescopes deep into other points of the sky?
Hi Yaz, The Earth is located near the edge of our Milky Way galaxy. This limits how far we can see through the disk of our galaxy in the general direction towards the center of our galaxy.
Now I'll just have to wait before I can get this on Google Earth
Did you see that little green man waving?
reminds me of the video showing all the discovered asteroids from 1980-2010
((- youtube.com/watch?v=S_d-gs0WoUw -))
if only some of us had this when we were younger to combat bullies.. oh so you think you're so big huh? Oh Yeah!?..mmkay, take these links, go watch them, alone, and in the dark, & then come back to me >;)
It certainly looks like "big bang".
so in the middle of it all is earth, and our view outward which at many angles resembles something like an angel. How does something like this not make the news, once you see the infinite truth of what we have come to know as fact through our shared endeavor through history, for me at least, has allowed me to transcend certain animal needs that rules many peoples lives and ignorance of this truth is why the world is as it is. We are reaching a boiling point that will define whether mankind can ascend to a higher level of conciousness through evolution and our awareness of it or if we destroy this world and if we even survive as a specices we will have regressed to such a point that we would not learn from the lessons of what destroyed the world as they knew it in their time before time.
before i babble into confusion, i just want to say i appreciate this post. just its imagery when explained correctly could break certain walls of misunderstanding between our religious and scientific communities
I couldn't agree more with Raskogan. A couple weeks ago I saw on this web site a high definition picture of the brain that it was probably even more amazing than this picture of the universe.
When you see how amazing creatures we are and how amazing this universe is you stop and wander why are we capable of doing such terrible things to each other.
Fascinating video simulation! I wish there was an explanation of each part of it. I'm only guessing but I think the first part is the galaxies we can actually see, progressively going to red due to the accelerating expansion of the known Universe. I'm not sure about the next part which could be all visible quasars (the most luminous objects) and then finally the cosmic background radiation ... a remnant of the Big Bang. Hopefully someone will correct me quickly if I'm wrong.
@Yaz That is just the structure of the Universe, a spider-web like connection of billions of galaxies.
I love galaxies..
Let's send someone to Mars, that way we'll at least be able to say that we are a multiplanetary specie...
It's not the technology that is lacking, it's the will...
I'm not religious but I've always hoped that when we die we get to go on a tour of the cosmos. To steal(and twist) a line from the movie "Contact", it sure would seem a waste of time and space if the only part of the universe we get to see is this teensy tiny bit.
@GoneToPlaid and @TheFourth
Thanks for the responses!
i'm going to watch this the next time i take shrooms.
There's a very similar video on youtube, but the Editor here won't let me share the URL....
THANKS Spammers.... just type AMNH into youtube's search box... click the first result, you'll see what I'm talking about.
The Known Universe
galaxies are clustered together in a web like configuration, with lots of empty space inbetween(dark matter and dark energy not included), i believe the end is the backgroung radiation that is believed to be left over from the big bang, hope this is helpfull, correct me if i am mistaken
This kind of thing makes you realize that there has to be an intelligent design to this galaxy. Its too complex and integrated to be done by accident.
kmax, is there intelligent design to whirlpools, tornados, or hurricanes?
Thanks. Here I thought this was new. The vid you mentioned is more than a year old, much better and heavily viewed!
whats your point relating the two?
kmax, why should hurricanes, whirlpools, or tornados be any different than galaxies?
---Far Out Man: yea, the AMNH video is really good...
The thought occurs to me that we can not always see galaxies hidden behind other galaxies. Especially faint galaxies hidden behind much nearer galaxies. We don't actually have a 3 dimensional view.
You can SURF the known galaxies over at SLOAN SDSS Skyserver
I HAD submitted the link but 'spam filter' prohibited it.
Just go to Google type in 'SkyServer'
first link to Sloan - go to Download on menu - then 3rd one down is the GalaxyExplorer: a 3D visualization tool
It's 6 MB - lets you fly throubh all the galaxies, and choose your direction, be careful not to get lost now !
SDSS is the largest database project on the planet mapping the skies.
DEF. WORTH getting, my first run I thought it was an explorer for OUR galaxy, lol, someone said "Hey Tim, uh, those aren't stars, those are GALAXIES".
I signed up here JUST to share that app - it's free, it's academic, hope everyone has fun with it -AND SDSS for that matter.
Senior senior - something or another !
cas DOT sdss DOT org/dr7/en/help/download/gex2/default DOT asp
Or you can just look for the skyserver from google and go to the sdss one - it's under Download.
You can spend a lifetime at SDSS
And don't forget out OWN star - check out Nasa's SOHO - just google those two and you'll get to it - it's a live view of the sun, I check it every day- but on the sun ? Just what day IS IT anyway ?
Did you know the sun takes 30 days to spin at the poles and 28 days at it's equator ? If THAT doesn't play with you mind regarding relationship of gravity to time. OK OK, that's my take, astrophysicists say it's related to other issues.
I've given up on 'time' and now just focus on gravity and spatial, if anything I find time to be a side effect of 3-d to 5-g.
Is it NOT interesting that Electromagnetic swaps in for 5-d with gravity ? I am DEAD convinced electromagnetic and gravity are two facets of the same thing. There is not way to stay sane otherwise !
I too don't understand what I am seeing. A narrative would be helpful. Please don't dilute the beauty of the universe with magic or dogma. No one I know doubts there COULD (not must) be a higher power (than man) is the universe. But they,it did not originate this reality. It is most likely a product of the intersection of infinity and statistics.
Hey kmax, why does it "have to" be a result of intelligent design?
It takes more faith to believe that the universe came into existence by accident, then believing in a creationist view. If you believe in a creationist view everything falls into place and makes sense. Where as the big-bang or evolutionist view, there is alot of holes in the theory as well as a gap in the reason how the big bang exploded into the sophisticated universe we have now.
kmax, so instead of leaving the gap you have created your own theory and put an imaginary being (I like to call him Q)to fill in the gaps? How does it take faith to say we can't explain it all?