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The Known Universe

January 10, 2010

The Known Universe

The Known Universe is a fantastic 6 ½ minute journey that takes viewers on a mind-numbing visual exploration of our cosmos as currently mapped and understood through astronomical observations. This presentation was developed by the American Museum of Natural History in partnership with the Rubin Museum of Art This clip is part of a new exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York City until May 10th 2010.

It depicts every satellite, moon, planet, star and galaxy each represented to scale and in its correct, measured location according to the best scientific research to-date. Known as the Digital Universe Atlas, the date is maintained and curated by research astrophysicists with the American Museum of Natural History. This masterful presentation begins in the Himalayan mountains outward through our atmosphere out into the further reaches now known of the universe and then returning back again.

What an inspirational, thought-provoking clip that helps to put the vastness of our local universe into perspective. When given the opportunity to view a starry night in an area void of city lights that rob our sky’s velvet blackness, it never ceases to bring me that awe struck speechless pleasure and wonder just like when I was a child. The simple pleasures will always endure the ravages of time. So, the next time you have the opportunity, grab it- and marvel at the majesty and beauty over our heads. Enjoy the clip below and if possible, go full screen for greater visual impact.

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