as the world turns

E pur si muove! [and yet it moves*] — Galileo
I recommend the full-screen HD video**

~ vid ~ ~ HDvid ~

All of the stars visible to the naked eye belong to our home galaxy of 200-400 billion stars.
Imagine the awesome shock when, using telescopes, it was first realized that there were hundreds of billions of other galaxies out there, too.

* Yes, I know Galileo was speaking of rotating rather than the revolving revolving rather than the rotating motion seen here.
** Caution: vertigo and an appreciation for gravity may result, if you watch this as one standing on a rotating sphere looking out into an unfathomably vast chasm (the actuality we’re fortunately spared on a daily basis).


  1. mech
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:11 pm |

    So fascinating and mesmerising.

    I actually got distracted with the buildings housing the telescopes and the laser around 3:00

  2. KungPow
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 6:30 pm |


  3. LLoyd
    Posted May 27, 2011 at 11:03 pm |

    Doug, you got a god buddy in me when it comes to this stuff. I have be super nova-overwhelmed at the intellect God has given man to explore his creation.
    Always think of the Psalm that says “the heavens declare the glory of God..” and when Jesus was speaking to the disciples about making a home for them and all believers for “In my Fathers house there are many mansions.” Dere sure ams Johnson!

    Out in Robt Byrds state they have one of the largest of those VLA’s at Green Bank which is also the home of the Echelon system. Amazing too how they have numbers of them arranged too.

    The time photography was very interesting in that too. Just amazing.

  4. Susan Lee
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 4:27 am |

    Amazing!! The “backbone of night” is very visible.

    Thanks, Doug, for a literally breathtaking 8 minutes.

    Susan Lee

  5. geezerette
    Posted May 28, 2011 at 6:28 am |

    Oh my— the mystery of it all– and yet no mystery — I love to sit out on the back porch at our camp in the woods and star gaze. I don’t care what their names are or if they are a planet or a star it doesn’t matter if they have a man made name or not– I just love the beauty of it all. Who is funding this? The telescopes must cost a pretty penny or two–