I was recently reminded how much I still enjoy this endlessly zooming video from 1968, “Powers of Ten”:
You’ve got to watch the video for the narration and the kickin’ soundtrack. For a modern, interactive take, check out “The Scale of the Universe" by Cary Huang. Get some perspective!
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I made a little video back in February featuring some other great ways to appreciate the scale of the universe, in both time and space.
Explore them below:
The Science Report
by Stuart Gary
Ancient story tells of star’s variable nature
I’ve just written a story for ABC Science about how the Aboriginal people of central Australia may have known about the variable star Betelgeuse, long before modern European astronomers.
The discovery was uncovered while researchers were examining the records of famous amateur anthropologist Daisy Bates.
Early last century, Bates spent 16 years living among the people of South Australia’s Great Victoria Desert, recording their language, customs, and oral traditions.
Bates’ published accounts and journal entries are part of an ongoing project to develop a complete picture of Aboriginal sky knowledge and star lore.
One ancient story accurately describes the variability of the red giant star Betelgeuse, which brightens and fades over a period of about 400 days.
Using a telescope and modern scientific methods, Sir John Herschel first described the variability of Betelgeuse in 1836.
If you missed my radio report on the story and want to find out more, check out the online version at: