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The movie titled "Known Universe" takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world's most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History.

Every satellite, moon, planet, star and galaxy is represented to scale and its correct, measured location according to the best scientific research to-date.

Watch the video below.

See also Solar System Scrollable Scale Model, Powers of 10, The Simpsons Powers of 10, Titan Descent Dashboard and Disney Mars Colonization Movies. Via kottke.org.



Amazing video, it really reminds us that we still know very little about the Universe :)

Tue 22 Dec 2009 at 4:11 PM

several hours of heated discussion versus 6:31min infovis.

[ quite recently in a bar, i had a discussion with some friends about climate, satellite communication, universe, sound within vacuum,... about to what extend and how far our first radio signals are already spread into the universe; then we discussed the problem of signal's coding and if another species out there will be able to decode...blub ]

Wed 23 Dec 2009 at 1:10 AM

In 6.31 minutes, at the fastest possible speed we know, we would have reached...the Sun (almost)! Wonders of television.

Wed 23 Dec 2009 at 3:59 AM
Felipe Valenzuela

Well done... it's "Powers of 10" for this generation.

Thu 24 Dec 2009 at 2:30 AM
Laurence Willis

So this is for duration, what Powers Of Ten was for distance?

Thu 24 Dec 2009 at 8:56 AM
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