Last night, while taking a mini-vacation of the mind
to decompress from the bombardment of idiocracy that has surfaced during this presidential election, I came across a sleeper video that was uploaded on YouTube in January of 2012.
It didn’t gain an audience until this year, when it was posted on a Facebook page, The Science World. In no time it went viral, with 10’s of millions of views. Perhaps you’ve seen it. If not, here’s an opportunity. Some background:
Astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow, from the University of Western Australia (Perth), specializes in studying the rotation of galaxies and the ways stars form in galaxies. He came up with an idea for an arts class.
Obreschkow: “I was teaching an arts class … a bunch of 200 non-scientists, and I thought I wanted to do something a bit nice and trendy to explain to them the different scales of the universe.”
Using Google Earth, actual photos, and accurate renderings of state-of-the-art computer models, the 3 minute journey takes you out 10 billion light-years in outer space, then to inner space, exploring tiny elementary particles of the human eye.
Generated by a Smart phone app Dr Obreschkow developed called ‘Cosmic Eye’, his inspiration came from a short film made for IBM called ‘Powers of Ten’ (1977).
Obreschkow: “You don’t really need to know anything about science or anything about the universe.You just watch the video and you get an appreciation for how big things can be and how small things can be. I think it triggers quite a lot of emotion with people.”
Btw, that’s not the original music, nor is this video from Dr. Obreschkow’s YT channel. After a search on YT, I chose to post this one because the original has an abrupt ending, like a bone-jarring thud of a space capsule plunging into the ocean.