The ‘Overview Effect’ is a mind-shift reported by some astronauts and cosmonauts upon seeing the Earth from afar.
As we race towards the Andromeda Galaxy our night sky will change over coming millennia. This might have a bit bearing on your horoscope in the next few billion years, if you believe in that bobbins… I know I don’t… but then again I’m a skeptical soul, that’s me… typical Aquarius.
After a supernova a neutron star is left over. It’s made up of absurdly dense material, a teaspoon full of which would weigh somewhere in the order of 5,500,000,000,000 kilos. That’s about nine hundred times the weight of the Grand Pyramid of Giza. The star itself would be smaller than New York City and would be very difficult to move, especially with a spoon.
Quite simply breathtaking. ‘Universe’ by Kroitor and Low combines impeccable film-making with scientific wonder. One the films makers Roman Kroitor went on to found the IMAX system of film-making.
While the film is cited as a major inspiration for Stanley Kubrick’s ’2001: A Space Odyssey’ its maker is cited as the origin of one of science fiction’s most memorable concepts. During a conversation between Kroitor and Warren S. McCulloch the film-maker argued against the concept of living things simply being highly complex machines;
‘Many people feel that in the contemplation of nature and in communication with other living things, they become aware of some kind of force, or something, behind this apparent mask which we see in front of us, and they call it God.’
As George Lucas confirmed the inspiration for ‘The Force’ in Star Wars can be put down to this simple line by Roman Kroitor.
Click to 3:01 for great footage.
Time lapse of the Southern lights from the International Space Station.