This documentary tells the story of the historic earthquakes of 1811 and 1812 that struck near the town of New Madrid, MO and proceeded to rattle a big part of the country for the next six months. The program also looks at the science behind earthquakes in the New Madrid Seismic Zone - why we have earthquakes in the Central U.S. and why they seem to be more powerful and destructive than quakes on the west coast of the country.
Kip Cole - Senior Producer/Director, Pale Moon Media
Gary Patterson - Center for Earthquake Research and Information, The University of Memphis
Camera/Editing/Graphics: Kip Cole
Original Music Score: Luther Bradfute
Computer Animation: Eric J. Bouchoc, AnimMan Studios
Copyright 2012 - Center for Earthquake Research and Information, The University of Memphis
In our terrestrial view of things, the speed of light seems incredibly fast. But as soon as you view it against the vast distances of the universe, it's unfortunately very slow. This animation illustrates, in realtime, the journey of a photon of light emitted from the surface of the sun and traveling across a portion of the solar system, from a human perspective.
I've taken liberties with certain things like the alignment of planets and asteroids, as well as ignoring the laws of relativity concerning what a photon actually "sees" or how time is experienced at the speed of light, but overall I've kept the size and distances of all the objects as accurate as possible. I also decided to end the animation just past Jupiter as I wanted to keep the running length below an hour.