The Known Universe, with commentary

Here’s Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, demonstrating the incredible digital atlas of the universe made famous by the YouTube viral video. His talk diverges from the original video at 3:43 to touch on the atlas’s other features — such as the ability to show the positions of the known exoplanets, the flight paths of the Voyager and Pioneer spacecrafts, and the complex trajectories of the Cassini space probe:

Perhaps the most inspiring part is that the Museum is sharing this wealth of information by networking with other planetariums, libraries, and classrooms around the world, including in Ghana, Colombia and Cambodia. Whenever I despair of our species, it’s stuff like this that reminds me of our other side: our curiosity, our capacity for increasing our store of knowledge, our potential for understanding and — perhaps — for wisdom.

My previous thoughts on this and other scale-of-the-universe videos here.


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  1. I had seen this before, but without the commentary. This simulation of our known Universe is something every human being should witness. Truly incredible. I could imagine Carl Sagan narrating, “The Earth is a very small stage in a vast cosmic arena.”

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