The Known Universe

Submitted by: madest 5 years ago in Science

The Known Universe from AMNH on Vimeo.


Everything to scale and at their proper distance. Isn"t science grand?
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Male 4
Pretty small if you ask me.
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Male 2,552
And people really think we`re the only living, sapient beings in the entire universe?

To quote from the movie Contact: "If it IS just us... seems like an awful waste of space."
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Male 11
Overhead the albatross hangs motionless upon the air...
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Male 102
watching this late at night, slightly stoned, makes me feel so insignificant, makes you realise how pathetic our earthly struggles really are.
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Male 35
That was awesome. Really makes your realize how precious this earth is. We are so small compared to the vastness of space and time. Yet, God, while existing outside of all of that space and time, still knows each one of us better than we know ourselves and loves us regardless of what we think of ourselves.
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Male 114
I can see my laptop from here.
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Male 25
Well I feel pretty insignificant! :(
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Male 3,631
Dude, not cool - they didn`t include my home planet!

I`m feeling existential loneliness after watching this again.
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Male 2,384
yea what some religious dont understand is that wer are a infinitesimal speck of cosmic dust on the intergalactic plane
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Male 1,164
" "The marriage of the human body and technology will probably be sooner than you think."

Yeah sure. Only for the ones who can afford to do so. Meanwhile, those left behind should have no trouble smashing the servers and wiping those rich fcukers out" "

You really think my super-powerful robotic arm and mega-vision cyborg eyes will depend on a server? Sure, and my augmented shock-absorbing legs will be running Windows 8.
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Male 12,365
[quote]@Byfield
You honestly believe that in the 5 - 7 billion years the Earth can sustain life that technology won`t have advanced enough to reach another solar system? Even is light-speed travel is impossible, a ship that would have multiple generations on board to get to a new solar system is possible.[/quote]

That`s not what he wrote. He wrote this:

[quote]it is unlikely we will ever be able to communicate or identify another intelligent life form outside the confines of our solar system[/quote]

Given the size of the universe, that is true. Even if our descendents develop interstellar travel and expand to an empire of a million stars, that`s still such a miniscule part of the universe that it would be very unlikely to intersect with any other intelligent life, even if they too have an empire of a million stars, even if there are thousands of those empires.
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Male 10,338
Where did my post go?
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Male 49
"The marriage of the human body and technology will probably be sooner than you think."

Yeah sure. Only for the ones who can afford to do so. Meanwhile, those left behind should have no trouble smashing the servers and wiping those rich fcukers out.
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Male 15,259
I actually fell asleep. Literally asleep.
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Male 987
Charles and Ray Eames did this sort of thing in 1968 with a film called "Powers of Ten." You may have seen it in grade school.
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Male 360
wow, roomy.
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Male 792
Known and knowable...there is a slight difference. Known=studied and understood. Knowable=available for study.
Known universe barely extends past our stratosphere...and even then, that`s a tenuous grasp of knowledge about our dear little planet.

Will humans be around in 5 billion years to see our sun die out? Hard to say, really. Our species, homo sapien sapien won`t be around for sure. We`re due to make our next evolutionary leap very soon, and thanks to our penchant for technology, that will probably be sooner than you think. The marriage of the human body and technology is very close on the horizon. Perhaps soon, we will be homo sapien machina.
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Male 39,880

There`s no marketable incentive to go to other planets. Where`s the profit in spending all that money?

We are ruled by Ferengi.
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Male 7,378
[quote]Unless of course we go extinct.. but that`s kind of unlikely.[/quote] -----------
That`s what the dinosaurs said.
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Male 1,397
The human race will NEVER leave this system. They`re simply too venal and petty.
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Male 914
"You honestly believe that in the 5 - 7 billion years the Earth can sustain life that technology won`t have advanced enough to reach another solar system?"

It`s entirely possible that we simply can`t harness enough energy to travel, and even if we would, there might not be any habitable planets within a travelable distance.
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Male 1,064
i wonder what kind of processor it took to render that. made me nauseous
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Male 15,832
It would have been better if on the way back they would have zoomed in on some girl sunbathing topless in her backyard.
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Male 626
*if light-speed, not is
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Male 626
@Byfield
You honestly believe that in the 5 - 7 billion years the Earth can sustain life that technology won`t have advanced enough to reach another solar system? Even is light-speed travel is impossible, a ship that would have multiple generations on board to get to a new solar system is possible. (Like in WALL-E) Unless of course we go extinct.. but that`s kind of unlikely.
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Male 1,237
Oh and by the way those talking about what`s `outside` the universe: NOTHING because the universe is everything. Wait let me steal someone`s explanation...here we go:

"Nothing exists outside the universe. Not even a vacuum. It just doesn`t exist. The universe is everything that exists.

Although there may also be other universes, they don`t exist in our plane of space-time, so they don`t really exist "outside" of our universe. They just exist."
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Male 244
What if, in all that vastness, there is absolutely nobody else. Just us. I`m getting under my blanket.
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Male 1,237
right well, what I was doing is now meaningless. as those humbling space scale realisation videos go, this was a pretty effective and well made one..
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Male 7,378
[quote]If we went "outside" the universe we woulddn`t see anything, no light there![/quote] ----------
Ladies and gentlemen. The Canadian cat lovers theory to what`s outside the universe. Someone call Mensa.
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Male 406
[quote]So we are literally seeing the galaxies as they appeared millions or billions of years in the past. A younger universe[/quote]

In other words, we are catching particles that was discahrged around when the universe was crated.
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Male 5,314
Pluto will always be a planet to me.
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Male 12,138
And this is just the ones we know about - I was reading the other day that back in 2003 they pointed the Ultra Deep Field Camera at what appeared to be the "emptiest" part of the sky - no apparent objects whatsoever. The left the camera pointed there with an exposure time of 1 million seconds (about 11 days) and the resultant image showed tens of thousands of previously unknown galaxies, each with hundreds of millions of stars.

That`s the kind of thing that really bakes my noodle...
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Male 5,163
Kain gave the perfect answer to all doubts.
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Male 5,163
Good post!
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Male 542
This video was so utterly beautiful and awe-inspiring that I feel I simply MUST debate something!
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Male 1,471
@ 5Cats: Sorry to be a nit-picker, but i have to correct you on that one. The shell of red-green-blue stuff at the edge is the CMB, which stems from 400.000 years after the Big Bang. Before then, the universe was so hot that all matter in it was plasma, which light can`t pass through. That`s why we can`t see further back than that time. What they mean by "younger universe" is that the galaxies are so far away that it takes a significant amount of time for the light to get from that galaxy to us. In other words, the light we`re seeing now was emitted millions or even billions of years ago. So we are literally seeing the galaxies as they appeared millions or billions of years in the past. A younger universe.
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Male 464
Conclusion: Intelligent life probably occurs all over the place all the time, but it is unlikely we will ever be able to communicate or identify another intelligent life form outside the confines of our solar system (im still holding out on life of some sort somewhere in our Solar system.)
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Male 40,728
True @Steelgrid! If we went "outside" the universe we woulddn`t see anything, no light there!
The light didn`t escape the gravity of the "big bang" for 200,000 years! So any "picture" of what it looked like is pure fantasy.
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Male 40,728
I like how it includes the "mini-galaxies" close to the Milky Way! See 4:00> for the little green dots!

Time travel discussion! Ooo, must go read comments!
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Male 3,894
...and the possibility of reaching any of the other forms of life out there is so remote it`s laughable.

Stranded.
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Male 12,365
[quote]Can I get a youtube link? Vimeo hates Firefox.[/quote]

It does? I`ve been using Firefox for years and never had any trouble with Vimeo.
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Male 12,365
I see things differently to those who say this sort of thing makes them feel insignificant.

I understand this. That makes me awesome. You understand it. That makes you awesome. There are billions of animals on Earth who could not possibly understand this. Try explaining this to a dog, and they`re fairly smart as animals go.

Humans, much like us but better educated and a bit more intelligent, discovered this knowledge. Humanity is staggeringly awesome.

Insignificant? Hell no.
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Male 2,376
BBC maid a better one starting from a pebble of sand.. and the jurassic park guy narrates its..
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Male 39,880

Joe, time travel forward is easy. Just keep breathing in and out.
Backwards is the hard part.
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Male 10,338
Can I get a youtube link? Vimeo hates Firefox.
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Male 41
Thank you IAB, for making me feel so utterly insignificant...
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Male 721
time travel forward in time is already possible, and has been proven. just is difficult to do.
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Male 2,419
@steelgrid
light takes time to travel distances, a younger universe means what we see of the universe from waaay back when the light was actually sent
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Male 234
And people think I`m crazy for believing there is intelligent life other than earth somewhere in the universe...
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Male 17
@steelgrid your right, what we perceive as a younger universe is currently just as aged as ours right now but because it`s so damn far away (several billion light years) the light that we are currently receiving was originally emitted from those systems billions of years ago, so when we view it we see that part of the universe in an younger state. Some times the light is so old that the stars that emitted them have long been burnt out!
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Male 1,510
I`m so tiny.
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Male 2,700
Im with this video all the way up to where they put "Light from a younger universe"

Proof?

If everything is to scale, then why are we discovering new things?

I think this video exaggerates slightly.

Imagine the day where we could possibly travel through a rupture in space, to the ends, and actually SEE the edge of space.


...or finally prove god...
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Male 17
and that`s the reason I love being a Physicist
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Male 701
as if I didn`t already feel insignificant enough. Thanks a lot NASA.
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Male 1,091
It`s so sad that none of us are gonna live long enough to see any significant explorations and findings...
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Male 14,331
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Male 7,378
Link: The Known Universe [Rate Link] - Everything to scale and at their proper distance. Isn`t science grand?
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