March 17, 2011

Ooh Saturn!

Stuck in the daily grind, it is not always easy to lift our heads out to the heavens and realize how beautiful life in deep space really is. We either have to be an astronomer or have one of those trite motivational posters at work. If neither is your style, this is great alternative - The Astronomy Picture Of the Day (APOD). As the title so gently suggests, the site posts one picture a day, along with commentary by someone that is qualified to do more than just gawk.

What got me interested was this recent post. This isn't as much a picture as it is a series of pictures of the spacecraft Cassini, that rendezvoused with the Saturn system after leaving earth in 1997. A number of photographs from Cassini were collated, cropped and strung together in a stop-motion video. Fortunately a stop motion video in space is an oxymoron. And this is one video where each frame says well over a thousand words.

Apparently they are making is IMAX movie called Outside In. They couldn't have chosen a better trailer.

5.6k Saturn Cassini Photographic Animation from stephen v2 on Vimeo.

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