On this day when the drums of war beat ever stronger, let us pause to remember our communion with the cosmos.

On this day when warlike, impulsive Mars begins to turn to go retrograde exactly on the natal Mars of President Obama and the natal Neptune of the U.S.A, on this day when headlines scream that Iran may close the Strait of Hormuz in response to the EU oil embargo, and the U.S. is inserting more and more troops and carriers into that ever-boiling pustule upon the planet Earth we call “the Mideast,” let us pause and remember to breathe while revisiting our communion with the cosmos.

Thanks to Zen Gardner for the pointer.

Uploaded by on Dec 15, 2009

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is possible because of the world’s most complete four-dimensional map of the universe, the Digital Universe Atlas that is maintained and updated by astrophysicists at the American Museum of Natural History. The new film, created by the Museum, is part of an exhibition, Visions of the Cosmos: From the Milky Ocean to an Evolving Universe, at the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan through May 2010.

Data: Digital Universe, American Museum of Natural History

Visualization Software: Uniview by SCISS

Director: Carter Emmart
Curator: Ben R. Oppenheimer
Producer: Michael Hoffman
Executive Producer: Ro Kinzler
Co-Executive Producer: Martin Brauen
Manager, Digital Universe Atlas: Brian Abbott

Music: Suke Cerulo

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