1. Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by the crew of expeditions
    28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October,
    2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km.
    All credit goes to them.

    Full HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.
    All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible,
    avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original
    footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.

    Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
    w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by scape Publishing / Universal
    janjelinek.com | faitiche.de

    Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
    NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth
    eol.jsc.nasa.gov

    Editing: Michael König | koenigm.com

    Shooting locations in order of appearance:

    1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
    2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
    3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
    4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
    5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
    6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
    7. Halfway around the World
    8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
    9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
    10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
    11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
    12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
    13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
    14. Views of the Mideast at Night
    15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
    16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
    17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
    18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

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  2. If you liked 'SCALE', please watch my next astronomy video: 'VISION - A plea to save the James Webb space telescope'. vimeo.com/30224434

    Or have a look at my most recent video, about the human brain: vimeo.com/36973442

    From bradblogspeed.com Check out this post at post.ly/1XOrk

    Please follow me at twitter.com/bradgoodspeed

    NOTE: THE FOLLOWING VIDEO DOES NOT REPRESENT THE ENTIRE NIGHT SKY, or at least it doesn't anymore. I've updated the video to omit the foreground landscape in an effort to account for an error in perspective. Unfortunately, due to my error, websites are widely reporting that Jupiter would fill the entire night sky, but it wouldn't. What's depicted here is a much narrower perspective than the previously mentioned 62 degrees, something that I imagine could be calculated by people much brighter than I. I imagine this view is closer to what you'd see through some very weak binoculars, but that's just a guess. For a somewhat technical explanation of what was wrong with the original version of this video, and what that realization can teach us about skepticism, please read the following: bradblogspeed.com/im-bad-at-math

    ORIGINAL POST

    Here's an animation I did to make you feel small, and also convey the deep awe I feel at the feet of the Universe.

    While watching the video of the lunar eclipse I posted the other day I was looking at the curvature of the earth's shadow on the moon. It made me think about how large the earth might look if an exact copy of it was up there instead of the moon. Soon curiosity got the better of me, and I was animating!

    So the basic idea is, each planet you see is the size it would appear in the sky if it shared an orbit with the moon, 380,000 kms from earth. I created this video in After Effects, and because of certain technical considerations had to keep the field of view at 62 degrees. That means the foreground element is not precisely to scale. I realized this after the fact and may update the video at some point in the future. All planets are to correct scale with one another in any case.

    Please watch full screen in HD if possible. Oh! And please consider sharing with your friends on Twitter or Facebook.

    Music: Where We're Calling From - Doves

    Great write-up by Jessicsa Palmer at Bioephemera: scienceblogs.com/bioephemera/2011/02/art_vs_science_part_4_gas_gian.php

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