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From "Powers of Ten" to "The Known Universe". - Absolute vertigo.....50 years later

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posted on May, 16 2011 @ 05:34 PM
From the very popular "Powers of ten" video created in the 60's:

For those who don't know what's all about:

How different does the universe look on small, medium, and large scales? The most famous short science film of its generation gives breathtaking comparisons. That film, Powers of Ten, originally created in the 1960s, has now been officially posted to YouTube and embedded above. Please click the above arrow to see the nine minute movie for yourself. From a picnic blanket near Chicago out past the Virgo Cluster of Galaxies, every ten seconds the film zooms out to show a square a factor of ten times larger on each side. The video then reverses, zooming back in a factor of ten every two seconds and ends up inside a single proton. The Powers of Ten sequence is actually based on the book Cosmic View by Kees Boeke in 1957, as is a similar but mostly animated film Cosmic Zoom that was also created in the late 1960s.

source "The Known Universe":

What would it look like to travel across the known universe? To help humanity visualize this, the American Museum of Natural History has produced a modern movie featuring many visual highlights of such a trip. The video starts in Earth's Himalayan Mountains and then dramatically zooms out, showing the orbits of Earth's satellites, the Sun, the Solar System, the extent of humanities first radio signals, the Milky Way Galaxy, galaxies nearby, distant galaxies, and quasars. As the distant surface of the microwave background is finally reached, radiation is depicted that was emitted billions of light years away and less than one million years after the Big Bang. Frequently using the Digital Universe Atlas, every object in the video has been rendered to scale given the best scientific research in 2009, when the video was produced.

...there are almost 50 years.

The changing perspectives are so enthralling and educational that sections have been recreated using more modern computerized techniques:

Secret Worlds: the Universe within....

and of course:

Remind us who we are.
edit on 16-5-2011 by elevenaugust because: (no reason given)

posted on May, 16 2011 @ 11:56 PM
I prefer the Simpsons cartoon version of Power of Ten. It introduces the concept of a fractal universe, in which the largest scale of one universe is the smallest scale of the next universe. It continues zooming out past galaxies, which are the atomic nuclei of the next universe. This is right in line with my own Fractal Foam Model of Universes , except that I believe there are another twenty-five orders of magnitude between the galaxies of one universe and the atomic nuclei of the next. My website.


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