After Seeing This Video, Your Perception of the Universe Will Never Be the Same Again
After Seeing This Video, Your Perception of the Universe Will Never Be the Same Again

The universe is big. Really big.  A recent movie created by the American Museum of Natural History shows you exactly how unfathomably huge it really is, or at least how unfathomably huge are the parts of it that we know. Surely, there is more beyond. 

The movie, 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.

The film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe.


  • HeyJude

    Wow, what an incredibly beautiful film…and mind boggling! We are just a speck in the universe, as this illustration shows in such a creative way.

    • Lindstr7

      It does help put things into perspective a bit doesn’t it. If only we humans could all pull back the lens and see that we’re occupying this beautiful blue gem together and how important it is to take care of it. Good one Gidon.

      • HamletsMill


      • HeyJude

        {{{Linds}}}}} Absolutely agree. Where are you in your travels across this great planet? Have you arrived yet? Miss you lots, and will write. :-)

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  • Greta42

    Breath taking and so beautiful – Also makes one feel so insignificant to the vastness of the universe. Great job, Gidon.

  • Denni A

    wow!!! awesome in scope and presentation…earth is but a speck of dust.

    great job Gidon.

    • Stephen Lavalle

      If the earth is a speck of dust, then it stands to reason that a speck of dust is the earth; so, let’s get ourselves an electron microscope and let us begin to examine the specks of dust that float around us every day. It shouldn’t be long before we find someone quite similiar to Denni A , sitting at his computer on the surface of that speck of dust postulating that his world is the speck that in fact we see it is.

  • The OGS

    Earth is an insignificant speck of dust even within this galaxy!
    Our galaxy is so huge it’s beyond comprehension…
    Even talking about the universe beyond our galaxy is non sequitur.
    The entirety of Star Trek (in all its different versions) all took place 100% within our own enormous Milky Way galaxy.

    • Denni A

      umm…Star Trek is fiction, the shows producers could have taken The Enterprise down a black-hole if they wanted to but I agree with the rest of your assertions.

      • The OGS

        Just saying, a lot of people think they were out ‘touring around the universe’ but they were not.
        They were touring around this galaxy. Vulcan, Cardassia, Ferengenar, Romulus, Chronos (Klingon homeworld), Deep Space Nine, etc. etc. were all within the Milky Way.
        Even starship Voyager was thrown to the distant (Delta) quadrant of this galaxy, where it would take ~75 years for them to return travelling warp 9.7!
        Part of Voyager’s problem was that they could not pass directly through the Dark Matter in the galactic centre, instead needing to take a safer but longer route…
        Federation Captains were (quite rightly) afraid of Black Holes, which would crush their ship like a bug.
        I believe you’re thinking of Worm Holes, which are something different.

        • Denni A

          I was commenting more in terms of comparing reality to reality when watching the computer generated atlas of the universe.
          when I watched it Star Trek did not come to mind, what came to mind is the “puniness of humankind”.

          in the grand scheme of all that we currently know about the universe the best we could muster is a feeble trip to the Moon (a smaller speck of insignificant dust than the Earth) just a mere 240,000 miles away in distance and we lauded that a “monumental achievement” on behalf of our species.

          I know what a black-hole is and the physics behind one that would render any attempt to visit one inconceivable by any stretch of the imagination except
          in a Star Trek movie.

    • Stephen Lavalle

      There is not an insignificant particle in this nor any other galaxy.

  • Dryasoctopetala
  • Creation

    “The creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of mankind, but most of mankind do not know it.” (Qur’an 40:57)

    • Stephen Lavalle

      Dust is not greater than the sons and daughters of God.

  • Jennifer Loh

    I still don’t understand after watch the galaxies universe short video. I don’t know what to tell us.

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