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Comment by Michel on June 14, 2011 at 12:25pm

@A - Yes it is hypnotic.

I'm very tempted to add music to it.

Comment by Michel on June 14, 2011 at 12:23pm

Globular clusters are fascinating objects.

Globular clusters can be incredibly dense, tightly packed objects, with up to millions of stars packed into a space just a few light years across, like Messier 75, one of the densest, or Type I, globular clusters. Globular clusters come in less dense varieties also, all the way up to Type XII, like the much more diffuse Messier 68,


They are mini galaxies probably hosting a medium mass black hole. The first one outside our Milky Way where we can now resolve individual stars is Messier 54. It is peculiar by the fact that it is in the neighboring Sagittarius Dwarf Elliptical Galaxy - located about three times as far away as the center of our galaxy - which is currently being cannibalized by us.

Read more HERE.

Starts With A Bang.

Comment by Adriana on June 14, 2011 at 12:06pm
I knew about the "swinging" but only in my head; to visualize it like that is amazing, though. It is a hypnotic video, isn't it?
Comment by Michel on June 14, 2011 at 12:04pm
I had no idea the moon was swinging like that!
Comment by Adriana on June 14, 2011 at 11:20am

One Year of the Moon in 2.5 Minutes

This animation shows the geocentric phase, libration, position angle of the axis, and apparent diameter of the Moon throughout the year 2011, at hourly intervals.

Duration: 2.5 minutes. Credit: NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center Scientific Visualization Studio

Comment by Adriana on June 6, 2011 at 2:45pm

Another fantastic time lapse video:

Plains Milky Way from Randy Halverson on Vimeo.

Comment by Michel on June 5, 2011 at 1:18pm

@doone - Science meets the arts (works much better than science meets religion...)

I will add this video to the AU Videos.

Comment by Doone on June 5, 2011 at 11:41am

A Trip To Space

Alexis Madrigal interviews Chris Abbas about his new short film. Abbas spliced together still images from NASA:

I downloaded thousands of images from NASA which was a rather tedious process. Throughout the labor of retrieving the imagery however I was completely awestruck at the quality and clarity of the objects I was saw... The nature of the raw imagery is interesting; interspersed between the erratic, often chaotic frame sequences are long, majestic moments of graceful ring revolutions or slowly turning moons. This juxtaposition of erratic and graceful movements was something I wanted to play with and it was the criteria for my shot selection. It's always an extremely difficult process when all your source imagery is beautiful to begin with.

Comment by Michel on June 3, 2011 at 10:22am

@doone - right up my alley!

This, I fave.

Comment by Doone on June 3, 2011 at 9:40am

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