Now this is cool, or at least it is for me, and so perhaps you might (or might not) also think so.
The American Museum of Natural History created a movie called “The Known Universe” for you to enjoy, and what is interesting about it is that everything you see within it comes from the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas. That is maintained and updated by their very own in-house astrophysicists, because of course the American Museum of Natural History also includes the Hayden Planetarium.
Yes, it’s a shameless promotion, and I do not normally do things like ads or promotions, and yet this is not the same because it is a Natural History Museum, and so deserves to be shouted about from the rooftops.
The film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, starts out with a 3D ariel map of the Himalayas, and then rapidly zooms out to show you just how big the universe actually is.
Enjoy. (Oh and yes, that is over 12 million shares … you are about to see why).
- The Digital Universe Atlas wikipedia page is here.
- The American Museum of Natural History website is here – and if you wish to actually visit and are wondering where it is, well it is in New York.
- The actual website for the digital universe is here … and yes, you can indeed download it yourself.
Oh and check the staff list, because there listed as director is of course Neil deGrasse Tyson