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Beauty in Motion

I saw this amazing video on Bad Astronomy today and I loved it so much that I couldn’t resist sharing it.  This video uses raw footage from the Cassini and Voyager missions to Jupiter and Saturn to illustrate the beauty of the two gas giant planets.  The footage was compiled and edited by Vimeo user Sander van den Berg and the effect is stunning!  By looking at images of the planets online or even through a telescope it can become easy to think of them as mere static worlds, like jewels in the sky.  The wonderful reality is that these worlds are vividly alive and active! From massive storms the size of Earth on Jupiter to billions of ice particles racing around Saturn to form its rings, there is an orchestra of motion at the very heart of each planet.  This short movie captures that masterpiece in a way that reminds you of the grandeur of the first time you saw a picture of a planet in grade school and restores that “Wow!” factor that can become less enthralling over time.  The movie is simply called “Outer Space” and I think that simple title captures the essence of what’s happening in the footage.  Enjoy!

Click here to view the video and read more about it on Vimeo.

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