APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr 18)

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APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr 18)

Postby APOD Robot » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:05 am

Image Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe

Explanation: What visual effects are depicted in this video? The effects were created by BDH for the BBC television show Wonders of the Universe, but are unlabeled on the above version posted to Vimeo. Even so, some stills in the video are easily identified, such as the Hubble image of the Carina Nebula that occurs at about 2:22, the Crab Nebula at about 7:45, and the Cat's Eye Nebula that occurs at about 8:16. A pan away from a spiral galaxy occurs at about 4:00, and breathtaking vistas of the spiral occur until past 5:00. Pulsars and supernovas seem to take over at about 9:00 and are truly spectacular. Binary star systems containing a pulsar and an accretion disk occur beginning at about 14:30. Past that, the entire computer animated video seems to sparkle with unknown stars, unknown planets, and sequences where unknown gas is flowing toward unknown places. What, for example, is being depicted at 13:00? Please help create a companion explanation for the video by contributing to APOD's discussion page.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Beyond » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:16 am

What for example, is easy. It is group participation in lack of precipitation.
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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby R Spehn » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:34 am

At 13:00 The ignition of a black hole after a nova Blowoff.
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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Tex » Mon Apr 18, 2011 4:51 am

What's with the bizarre image for the APOD wallpaper whenever the APOD is a video?

Today's APOD wallpaper seems to be a picture of a bunch of ballet dancers. The last time APOD was a video the wallpaper was a picture of a cat staring at a goldfish.

What's wrong with using some Hubble image as the default APOD wallpaper?

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby totoleg » Mon Apr 18, 2011 5:08 am

At 2:35, for 14 seconds, it is the satellite view at night of continental Europe.
At 13:00, it depicts the death of our own star, the Sun, in years to come.
The whole video shows only things that can be seen at the milky way galaxy and its neighboring Magelanic cloud. This is only a small part of the Wonders within the universe, which a human like us cannot interpret how these things happen. Probably its easy to believe that SOMEONE out there engineered the whole universe.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby bactame » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:25 am

Startling film with careful alignment of image with sound track. Play the video at church and ask whether it inspires an understanding of how small we are relative to the universe. Yes we have some skills in naming things and then analyzing how they work but the stark extent of what we see & imagine is displayed in this art work. This is an apod for a Sunday night and helps explain man's venture to even the nearby Mars will be an epic accomplishment.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby jhughes2020 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:28 am

At 13:00 we see a rainbow in progress.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Guest » Mon Apr 18, 2011 6:50 am

At 13:00 looks like a star collapsing into a black hole.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Semprit Agnor » Mon Apr 18, 2011 7:05 am

Over orchestrated rubbish.
Everything is explicable IF there are no false premises in the underlying assumptions.
For the video I would just ask Dr Who.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Tre Gibbs » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:30 am

Haunting, Beautiful and amazing... The images almost seem to be sped up to a speed that allows us to view beyond our miniscule life span and observe the different phenomena that has transpired in our universe from the beginning of time. Engaging, frightening, awe inspiring. We have NO IDEA what lies beyond the fragile safety of our atmosphere.....

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Ann » Mon Apr 18, 2011 8:41 am

It is a beautiful vimeo. It was produced to give people a "feeling" for the universe, and it succeeds at doing that. Therefore it is undoubtedly a worthy APOD.

For myself, I always want to be told about the "specifics" when it comes to images of the universe. For myself, I don't ask for images of the "general".

A few years ago I saw an image looking like this:

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The caption said that it was "a galaxy". Wow, how helpful. I had to search and search until I managed to identify the galaxy as NGC 5371.

But some people probably prefer to just contemplate the perfect spiral form of NGC 5371. They'd rather do that than being told that this is a galaxy in the constellation Canes Venatici, that it is classified as an SBbc spiral, and that the Principal Galaxy Catalog thinks that it is a really big and majestic galaxy, around a hundred million light-years away and about four times as bright as the Milky Way.

Personally I always want to be told about the details, the specifics. But not all people feel like that. Today's APOD was made for those who just want to be carried away by the images, the music and the feeling.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby brgl » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:40 am

They managed to film superman's planet, krypton at 3:28 !! :p The pictures are nice even if I think the twinkles, flashes and dramatic music are a bit exaggerate :)

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby visuals » Mon Apr 18, 2011 9:48 am

stunning visuals and music synthesis that create a feeling of floating expansion.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Ruprecht » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:04 am

The planet at 3:15 is our own earth; you can easily distinguish North- and South America — if you tilt your head — so the star at the background is our sun. Therefore the panning away from "a" galaxy at 4:00 is our own milky way. The earth-sequence begins at 2:30 above France.

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Postby grisham6 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 10:22 am

This epic of the universe video was a great show case of the universe.
These gentlemen deserve a great praise for this video. Thanks.
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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Joe » Mon Apr 18, 2011 11:58 am

This video is electrifying. The visuals depicted facilitates imagining the universe as a big brain.
Indeed passing the test of intelligence and creativity as what is observed at 13 is plasma representing the bloodline of life throughout.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Dave Hamilton » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:04 pm

Maybe its art and needs no detailed explaination but just to be enjoyed...it was that, enjoyable eye candy

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby supamario » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:44 pm

At 13:00, the equilibrium between outward radiation and inward gravity/mass give way to stellar collapse into a supernova.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby mitsy » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:44 pm

Wondrous! I absolutely enjoyed every minute of it. :shock:

That said, I agree with some of the above that it would have been even better if it was labeled.
There is so much there that makes me question - What is it?

The ending certainly did look like a sun being pulled in by a black hole, but where? when?

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby biddie67 » Mon Apr 18, 2011 12:58 pm

So frustrating to try to watch this on an old country dialup connection. I'll have to go into town today to the library to view this on one of their computers.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby bystander » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:15 pm

Tex wrote:What's with the bizarre image for the APOD wallpaper whenever the APOD is a video?

Today's APOD wallpaper seems to be a picture of a bunch of ballet dancers. The last time APOD was a video the wallpaper was a picture of a cat staring at a goldfish.

What's wrong with using some Hubble image as the default APOD wallpaper?

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby Indigo_Sunrise » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:17 pm

While this video is pretty amazing as far as 'simulations' go, I agree with another poster when they said (paraphrased): details! We want details. It would be even better to know what some of the things are that are being shown. Captions would be a great addition.

On the other hand, I guess it doesn't hurt to get rather lost in the pretty pictures and the music for a bit, so I'll give it an 8 out of 10.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby tarnsman » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:21 pm

All I can see is a white screen. It looks like a polar bear sitting on an ice flue during a blizzard, same as the last time there was a video.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby ekohler » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:33 pm

One minute into this video I got bored and turned it off. And the "music" was awful.
I prefer (I love) the daily APOD pictures accompanied by explanation.

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Re: APOD: Visual Effects: Wonders of the Universe (2011 Apr

Postby aildoux » Mon Apr 18, 2011 1:57 pm

Great, I, for one, loved it! I'd like to mention a nice touch that we don't usually see in such vids: They made it look like we were seeing this through the eye of a real camera lens flying through space. They made it look like so by adding fake dust specs on the lens and fake light refractions from the lens. Realism!


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