Posts Tagged ‘Solar System’

The Sun’s Loopy Rays

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Laboratory catches loops of light on the Sun’s surface: Cascades of spiraling magnetic loops observed in extreme ultraviolet light by SDO danced and twisted above an active region. These loops are charged particles spinning along the magnetic field lines, and thus visually revealing them. Found at YouTube from LittleSDOHMI.

Measuring The Scale Of The Universe…With Tennis & Basketballs

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

If the Earth were the size of a basketball and the moon a tennis ball, how far apart would they be? Diagrams that are not to scale make us think that they’re closer than they really are. Found at YouTube from 1veritasium.

Planetary Scale

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Brad Goodspeed put together this animation that shows what other planetary bodies would look like if they orbited the Earth at the same distance as the Moon. Found at Vimeo from Brad Goodspeed.

Astroid Discovery Visualization, 1980-2010

Sunday, September 5th, 2010

From the description with the video: “Video Created by Scott Manley, this is a view of the solar system showing the locations of all the asteroids starting in 1980, as asteroids are discovered they are added to the map and highlighted white so you can pick out the new ones. The final colour of an asteroids indicates how closely it comes to the inner solar system. Earth Crossers are Red. Earth Approachers (Perihelion less than 1.3AU) are Yellow. All Others are Green” Found at YouTube from szyzyg.

The Known Universe

Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. Pretty freakin’ cool! Found at YouTube from AMNHorg.

How Large Is Large? – The Size Of Stars

Monday, December 21st, 2009

An animated illustration of just how large large can be in the context of the universe. Found at YouTube from morn1415.