A journey across the stars and heavens through antiquated astronomical diagrams.
I unearthed some dusty old scientific textbooks in my father’s attic, and immediately became inspired by the delicately rendered diagrams, plots and schemata. These purely scientific visual aids became unwitting artworks on their own, which is something I really loved.
The short animation explores pathways through astronomy’s roots, dating back to antiquity with its origins in scientific, mythological and astrological practices.
The soundtrack is ‘Frosti’ by Bjork, from the incredible album ‘Vespertine’.
Without exaggeration, this is one of the most amazing and beautiful videos I have ever seen. The full-screen 720p version is mind-blowing.
Launched on Feb. 11, 2010, the Solar Dynamics Observatory, or SDO, is the most advanced spacecraft ever designed to study the sun. During its five-year mission, it will examine the sun’s atmosphere, magnetic field and also provide a better understanding of the role the sun plays in Earth’s atmospheric chemistry and climate. SDO provides images with resolution 8 times better than high-definition television and returns more than a terabyte of data each day.
On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the transit of Venus across the face of the sun. This event happens in pairs eight years apart that are separated from each other by 105 or 121 years. The last transit was in 2004 and the next will not happen until 2117.
The videos and images displayed here are constructed from several wavelengths of extreme ultraviolet light and a portion of the visible spectrum. The red colored sun is the 304 angstrom ultraviolet, the golden colored sun is 171 angstrom, the magenta sun is 1700 angstrom, and the orange sun is filtered visible light. 304 and 171 show the atmosphere of the sun, which does not appear in the visible part of the spectrum.
In about 25 minutes, Venus will pass in front of the Sun (from the perspective of us humans here on Earth), in a rare occurrence called a “transit of Venus.” There won’t be another event like this for 105 years. Here’s a Google+ chat video from Universe Today, that will feature live views of this event from specially equipped telescopes.
(h/t: Phil Plait.)