Posts Tagged 'Milky Way'

Cockpit Timelapse

With the number of flights I’ve taken this year well into double digits this incredible timelapse really resonated with me.

Not that I’m ever likely to see this view from a plane, so it’s all the more brilliant that pilot (and film producer) Sales Wick decided to capture it on a redeye flight from Switzerland to Brazil and share online.

And in case you overcome the pure awe of viewing it (full screen and HD a must!) and you wonder which areas you might actually be flying over he has kindly overlaid the information!

For those of you paying particularly close attention those moving specks of light are not always other planes, some are indeed shooting stars!  Stunning!

Full info on the video and recording technique on the Beyond Clouds site here.

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Gigapixels Of Andromeda

On the 5th of January the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope released a ground-breaking image of the Andromeda Galaxy.  It is the biggest and highest resolution image ever taken of Andromeda.  That’s a big deal because it is the closest spiral galaxy to our own, the Milky Way.

The image is 69,536 x 22,230 pixels, a total of 1.5 billion pixels requiring 4.3GB of disk space!

Each dot of light in the image represents one of the Andromeda’s one trillion stars spanning over 40,000 light years.

Though that barely scratches the surface of what I’m sure will one day be an even larger picture – Andromeda is only one of the 200 billion galaxies (that we know about!) in the universe.

Wow.  Just wow.  Makes you feel kind of small, doesn’t it?

Via IFLS.


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