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New Video: A tour of the 'known' Universe

Back again with a short little video I put together that shows the vastness of space in under 3 minutes with the voice of Carl Sagan. I hope you all enjoy!


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I love astronomy.

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Carl Sagan shaped my early years and influenced

my outlook on science and the stars. I believe that the Universe is teeming with life. I hope to one day be able to visit space before I die and see the world as the astronauts have. I don't know if I ever will but it's fun to dream of.

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"And if there's life on other planets
Then I'm sure that He must know
And He's been there once already
And has died to save their souls"

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"The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands." Psalm 19:1

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What could be the Question of All the Questions?

Very nicely made video.

But I have to say to this question "Could we really be alone?" that one hears often and most probably most have some times pondered it, is actually a question which I think arises from a fact that we are so lonely in our own planet. Our own planet with all its multiple historical and present cultures, traditions, philosophies, belief-systems, languages, customs, moral codes, fashions, etc.&etc. plus all the multiple fauna and flora with all their strange and interesting ways of existing. If we would find all of this (well actually even a fragment of it) and open ourselves to this mystery and to the question of how many different ways we could build again and again our own lives and the lives of social habituation we would not really think if we are alone in this universe. What does it matter if we are 'alone' or not? We feel alone, because we have not really found life in our own planet.

I do not mean that this question and the other questions that your video raises or brings to one's mind are irrelevant, but that these questions actually would be less important or they would be contextualized in a different manner if it would really be that we would find each other here and now in a creative manner.

How to find life where one is right at this moment?

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My hope is that every galaxy has at least 1 Ron Paul in it!

The message is bigger than the being.

"Contact" by Carl Sagan is worth watching and reading.

...he made the stars also Gen.1:6

I am he; I am the first, I also am the last.

Mine hand also hath laid the foundation of the earth,

and my right hand hath spanned the heavens:

when I call unto them, they stand up together

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think how much more amazing it would be if...... we are the only planet that has life on it?

Strange how being insignificant in a vast sea is more compelling to us than the idea we could be the most significant beings in a vast sea. I wonder if the birds feel guilty because they can fly or the fish feel guilty because they can swim? Maybe they feel thankful for their uniqueness? I would say if we do find other life out there we will either kill it to steal its wealth, because it threatens our pride, or to eat it. The world use to be vast and now it is small and insignificant. I'm sure we will shrink the universe to be in our likeness and image as well. Would having the ability to destroy planets and galaxies make us insignificant or unique?

Our Solar System...

If you want to get a little bit of a sense about how big our own Solar System is, check out this site. Dude gives you a way to physically get a feel of the size.

It's the "The Earth as a Peppercorn". I've walked this out before. Blows your mind. Lots of good info here along with the exercise....


Carl Sagan was truly a great

Carl Sagan was truly a great mind. One of my heroes.

Sloan digital sky survey

Freaking love videos like that.

Here is one of my favorites that truly show the vastness of space and can viewed in 3D.
Sloan digital sky survey

Some rough calculations for this one.
The "camera" is moving about 1,262,304,000,000,000 times the speed of light.
Which is about 37 million light years per second.

for perspective... the nearest star is 4 light years away and would take a conventional space shuttle 40 THOUSAND years to reach.

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It's amazing to watch the galaxies go zooming by, endlessly into the distance, weaving through them and moving backwards and sideways -- some very nice camera work -- and think that we are in one of those.

From the first video, he ended it with 100 billion galaxies, each with 100 billion stars. Thinking about that is expanding for the mind. I think I'll get some of his audio works for the commute.

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T&H, thanks for reviving the classic Carl Sagan quote.

Short, sweet & beautiful! Gives me immense joy to remember that we are endowed with the eyes & minds to see & think of the 100 million stars in Milkyway galaxy and 100 billion galaxies :-)

Simply beautiful. I love to

Simply beautiful. I love to go to sleep with Carl Sagan's Cosmos playing in the background. The music and his voice are soothing. He will be missed for many years to come. After all that we have discovered, I'm still baffled by the arrogance of people that still see us as the center of universe. Knowing the cycles that our planet has gone through to reach the conditions to support life, how is it so inconcievable that there is life in other galaxies on other planets. I would say that the chances of life are possible if not probable.

To think there is that many

To think there is that many planets out there and we are the only one with life on it,is plain arrogant and naive.I it find it funny that someone put up a ancient aliens debunked video today.They havn't debunked crap.

I agree with you on

"To think there is that many planets out there and we are the only one with life on it,is plain arrogant and naive" part but the show Ancient Aliens is BS based on conjectures, bad science and sometimes, pure lies. Now, debunking that show's assertions does not mean that Earth hasn't been visited by aliens before, it just means that the conjectures presented by that show is not evidence of aliens visiting or that some of those structures from ancient civilizations HAD to be built with alien technology.

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Indeed, while I think it is

Indeed, while I think it is definitely possible, if not probable, that life exists elsewhere in the universe, that certainly doesn't mean Ancient Aliens isn't BS. There are many obstacles to contacting aliens even if they do exist. For one, even if life develops on another planet, that doesn't mean that intelligent life is necessarily going to evolve. And intelligence alone isn't enough to set up a civilization. Would humans have ever been able to achieve space travel if we had hooves instead of hands with opposable thumbs? And even if you could achieve light-speed space travel, it would take over four years just to get to the closest star. The vast majority of the universe is thousands, millions, or even billions of light-years away from us. And then there's the time aspect of it; modern humans have been around for a few hundred thousand years. Hominins a couple million. It's very possible that alien civilizations both developed and collapsed millions of years before we existed; or that this will happen after humans are gone

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Bump for Sagan

Bump for Carl Sagan, RIP. I hope he is now able to travel the infinite universe and quench is thirst for knowledge. Thanks to the OP, great job on the video!

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Isn't it funny..

..how some are absolutely certain all of this was created because their invisible friend loves them? /rolleyes

We are nothing, not even a speck of a speck of star dust. But we are and that's cool enough for me!

We may be tiny but we are not insignificant..

Check out this video I put together, Alan Watts explains it well.




Cool video..

I would still say we are insignificant. But we were, are and will be a part of everything and in that sense we matter just the same as anything else.

I disagree

We're the most complex thing this side of the yawning grave. For my money nobody explains it better than Terence Mckenna

Wow very nice little video thanks!