No, this isn’t a timelapse. This is something shot in video that you would be lucky enough to experience in real life.
I can’t stop watching this video and being incredibly envious. It’s on my bucket list to see the Aurora Borealis someday in person and now I know that I definitely want to do that when there’s an increase of activity in the sun. So why does it do this?
We can get aurorae from just the solar wind without a big storm from the Sun, but when there is a storm the aurora are much brighter and more active. The shape of the aurora seen from the ground depends on the shape of the Earth’s magnetic field. It can form long ribbons or sheets which look like curtains of light in the sky, or it can just be a diffuse glow. The shape can change as the solar wind’s magnetic field interacts with the Earth’s field, and it’s usually slow and stately. But it can also happen very rapidly, as you can see in the video. Then the aurora is like a living thing, writhing and shimmering.
Also, per someone’s suggestion in the i09 comments, put this video on mute and listen to this in a different window while you watch it.
Life begins and life can end in the blink of an eye. It’s true for human life and it’s true for the universe, at least if the blink of an eye is compared to the amount of time that the universe has been around. We know that, eventually, it will all come to an end.
So how will the universe meet its demise? What cataclysmic event will mean the end of everything that ever existed?
The sad part is, we’ll never know the answer. We can theorize, but no one from this age or any age for the next million, trillion, or billions of years will know either. It will be a great mystery for all time, because by the time the end of the universe draws nigh, human life will most likely no longer exist.
I hate not knowing.
Warning: If you get motion sickness easily, then I do not recommend watching this video. No, really. Don’t. *hurk*
New footage just released of Felix Baumgartner’s insane skydive from 39 km above the ground has just been released and it is incredible. We’ve spoken before about how we’ve wanted to see the first person view and now we can finally watch it. And let me just tell you…I changed my mind. I don’t want to do it.
The good stuff starts around the 1:50 mark, but you can see at just after five minutes when Baumgartner breaks the sound barrier and loses control for a bit. It takes him some time to regain his control from spinning, but when he does things just sort of fall into place and the view is breathtaking.
No, really, it’s breathtaking because he almost passed out.
I’ve jumped from 14,000 feet before and I’d be willing to go higher for a longer freefall, but there is no way that I would ever do something like this. The man is insane, but we thank him for his insanity because holy crap. That looks awesome.
“I wish you could see what I can see.” Well, now we can…sort of.
Step One: Go to space.
Step Two: Allow the lack of gravity to give you awesome Troll hair like NASA flight engineer Karen Nyberg.
Step Three: Do the things in the video.
Step Four: Revel in the fact that you are an astronaut and then make a note to rub it in your high school classmates faces at the next reunion.
Step Five: Let the ISS do it’s thing and turn your gross hair water into delicious drinking water.
Outer space has always been fascinating to me, especially when it comes to mysteries of the black hole. Maybe it’s because we still don’t know what happens on the other end of a black hole and that any attempts to try to find out would be shredded to pieces. Or maybe it’s because black holes seem so terrifying and awesome (in the literal sens of the word), because they can just shred entire planets to pieces.
It’s a mystery of physics, time, and space and it is really overwhelming if you sit down and think about it. But black holes aren’t too scary, if this educational rap from Coma Niddy is to be believed.
When you combine two of Daily of the Day’s favorite things – sloth and space – and then put them together, chances are that it’s going to get posted no matter how terrible it is.
Luckily, this new little animation from Weebl is pretty damn good, so I will joyously share this with the world as I now attempt to set “Sloths in Space” as my new ringtone.
According to Skybox:
A few weeks ago, we shared the first images from SkySat-1, the first of our planned constellation of 24 satellites. Today, we are excited to share the world’s first commercial, high-resolution, HD video of Earth from space. The following montage showcases several of the first videos captured by SkySat-1 since early December and these videos are untuned and not yet calibrated. In this video, you will see a selection of views including Tokyo, Bangkok, Baltimore, Las Vegas, and Aleppo, Syria.
[Note] Watch the video in 1080p HD resolution on the following YouTube link. Click on the 1080p HD and full screen toggles to see the video in its full resolution.
With our ability to capture up to 90 second video clips at 30 frames per second, we are now able to gather dynamic information about the world around us at an unprecedented scale. There’s an immense amount of knowledge that we can glean from analyzing movement – supply chain monitoring, maritime awareness, industrial plant activity, environmental monitoring, and humanitarian relief monitoring – and we are excited to explore the breadth of possibilities with this unique data source.
It’s like looking out of plane! I’m pretty excited to see how we can use this technology. Imagine being able to zoom in real-time to an event happening on the other side of the planet and watching it unfold in HD.