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Put out my hand, and touched the face of God!

The title of this post comes from a poem by John Gillespie Magee and it pretty much sums up the thoughts I had after watching The Hidden Universe 3D at the London Science Museum Imax.

From the very opening scene of the earth rising up in front of you, you are plunged head first into the mystery of the universe. From the beautiful symmetry of a twirling galaxy to the violent chaos of a nebula with burning new born stars at its heart. The images just fill your mind with wonder, and with the true insignificance of our world.

  • Carina Nebula:
Caption: The cosmic glow of the Carina Nebula, which contains two of the most massive and luminous stars in our Milky Way galaxy, as featured in Hidden Universe.

Credit: ESO/T. Preibisch

After all, no matter how far we have come in our short evolutionary cycle we are still just small insects crawling upon an tiny insignificant planet. Itself floating around a tiny star within a small solar system, buried deep within a galaxy. A galaxy that is lost within millions of galaxies. All within a universe that is quite possibly, but one, of countless universes within a Multverse. To say we are small is an understatement.

But that doesn’t stop us from striving to see beyond the confines of our own world. And it is this drive that is now allowing us the opportunity to see such spectacular sights as shown in this film.

The landscape of Mars, in such detail that it could be your holiday snaps from a trip to the Grand Canyon. The passing moons of Jupiter, so close you think they are but a breath away from your face. Or the violent Star factories of the dusty nebulas, creating new stars as we speak. Stars that are new to our discovery but the light of these images has taken so long to reach our telescopes that they are probably fully formed and burning brightly by now.

  • Mars, as recorded by HiRise on Mars Orbiter:
Caption: The Earth-like landscape of the Red Planet, recorded by the Mars Orbiter, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Credit: NASA/JPL/University of Arizona

We are viewing the universe of the past, the distant past. Time travel made real, but only for our minds.

This is 3D as it was meant to be, so sit down Mr. Cameron and don’t bother us with any more of that Avatar rubbish. This is science reality in full blown Imax 3D.

So if your heading to London any time soon then make sure to visit the Science Museum (itself a really cool place to see) and blow your kids minds with The Hidden Universe 3D. Education at it’s best.

 Crab Nebula:

Caption: The celestial hues of the Crab Nebula, a supernova remnant in the constellation of Taurus, captured in Hidden Universe.
Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)
 The Sun:

Caption: A molten portrait of our Sun, a star at the center of our solar system, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Credit: SDO | Solar Dynamics Observatory (Goodard Space Flight Center)
    • Whirlpool Galaxy:
CaptionHidden Universe showcases the hypnotizing spiral figure of the Whirlpool Galaxy, our “neighboring” galaxy over 31 million light-years away.
Credit: NASA, ESA, S. Beckwith (STScI) and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
 Cats Eye Nebula:

Caption: The eerie glow of the Cats Eye Nebula, one of the most structurally complex nebulae known, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Credit: NASA, ESA, HEIC and The Hubble Heritage Team (STScI/AURA)
 Helix Nebula Infrared

Caption:  The Helix Nebula is 700 light-years away from Earth, but screened before audience’s eyes in Hidden Universe.
Credit:  ESO/VISTA/J. Emerson
  • Jet in Carina Nebula
Caption: This pillar of gas and dust is evidence of star birth, as captured in Hidden Universe.
Credit: NASA, ESA, J. Hester and A. Loll (Arizona State University)
 N90 Nebula

Caption:  The N90 Nebula is a star-forming region found nearly 200,000 light-years from Earth.  Radiation from the bright blue, newly formed stars is eroding the outer portions of the N90 from the inside, as seen in Hidden Universe.
Credit: NASA, ESA and the Hubble Heritage Team STScI/AURA)-ESA/Hubble Collaboration

Till next time…..

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