The band Ok Go is renowned for its amazing music videos, and today’s glorious video for its song, “Upside Down and Inside Out” is no exception. The band takes to the sky, experiencing weightlessness in the belly of a jet. And of course, no Ok Go video would be the same without the amazing props, from paint-filled balloons to piñatas, and even ball-filled suitcases.
It’s great, and you should watch it.
One small quibble. Contrary to the video’s introduction, this was not shot in zero gravity. Gravity is everywhere, as today’s big announcement about gravity waves made clear. We can’t just get rid of it by flying in a plane. What we can do is make it so that we don’t feel the effects of gravity. That’s called zero-G, and while you’re in it, you feel weightless, as though there is zero gravity.
SciShow has a great (and quick) explainer on the difference between zero-G and zero gravity:
In order to get zero G here on Earth, pilots can fly in a parabola, accelerating at a steep angle into the sky, then diving back downwards. For about thirty seconds at the top of each parabola, passengers will experience zero G, and are free to make amazing music videos. In order to get this video, BGR reports that the band went on 21 flights and were weightless for two hours and 15 minutes.