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Feel Good Friday – Your Universe

The reader who submitted the link said this, “The tag line at the end of this pretty cool video about astronomy made me think of people I’ve read about on your site.” Hahaha! So right!


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  • lkb February 4, 2011, 5:22 am

    “The problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.” Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca.

  • Shayna February 4, 2011, 7:59 am

    That’s awesome! It is difficult to comprehend the sizes of our planets and stars. This puts that into perspective, that’s for sure.

  • KarenK February 4, 2011, 9:28 am

    “Space is big. Really big. You may think that it’s a long way down to the chemist’s, but that’s just peanuts to space!” The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

  • RP February 4, 2011, 9:34 am

    Man, “The Blackhole Soundtrack” is a little menacing. I found myself expecting something scary for a few seconds (the parts where the next planet/start jumped in size A LOT) even though I knew a) you wouldn’t put something like that for Feel Good Friday and b) it was just size comparisons.

    It’s so strange to have gotten scared, if only a little and for a moment, by virtually nothing but music (and the zoom effect I guess).

    It’s a cool video and the ending was funny. Oh, and if the name John Barry is ringing a bell, it’s likely because he composed the music for 12 James Bond movies from the 60s to the 80s (including the first and the original theme).

  • Phoebe161 February 4, 2011, 10:06 am

    Way too cool! Loved it! And I loved the message at the end!

  • Chocobo February 4, 2011, 10:18 am

    Aw, they kind of ruined a really nice educational video with snarkiness at the end. That being said, I like this sliding scale that goes all the way from quantum foam and the strings of string theory to the size of the known universe: http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/525347 it has a similar, if less aggressive, ending at the top of the scale.

  • LilyG February 4, 2011, 10:58 am

    This sort of thing is what makes me 100% positive there is life on other planets looking up at their night sky and wondering about us.

  • Jillybean February 4, 2011, 11:07 am

    Love it.

  • Kimbubbley February 4, 2011, 1:17 pm

    There’s a Monty Python song that Clint Black included on his D’Electrified album that I simply MUST find a way to incorporate into one of my kids’ science project one day that this video reminded me of. It’s called The Galaxy Song and is a very jaunty little tune that begins with “Just remember that you’re standing, on a planet that’s evolving, revolving at 900 miles an hour, orbiting at 19 miles a second, so it’s reckoned, ’round a sun that is the source of all our power…” It goes on and on and on with factoids about speed and size and ends with this little gem…

    “So remember if you feel very small and insecure, how amazingly unlikely is your birth…and pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space because I’m afraid that we’ve been cheated here on earth.” Bum bum.

    Never fails to make me smile. So smart and snarky and fun. 🙂 🙂

  • MrsYoungie February 5, 2011, 11:52 am

    Just a slight correction: the last lines are actually –

    How amazingly unlikely is your birth,
    And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space,
    ‘Cause there’s bugger all down here on Earth.

  • Hellbound Alleee February 5, 2011, 3:03 pm

    I didn’t feel offended by the comment at all. In fact, it’s highly appropriate to this site. I know that sometimes I forget I am not the center of the universe, because my problems seem so huge. You gotta put it into perspective. Take the biggest thing in your life, the thing that gives it meaning, and it’s still extremely insignificant; it doesn’t really exist anyway. No, you don’t need to feel offended by it: you need to feel grateful!

  • magicdomino February 5, 2011, 3:17 pm

    Loved it. The video reminds of the chorus from “Yakko’s Universe”

    It’s a great big universe
    And we’re all really puny
    We’re just tiny little specks
    About the size of Mickey Rooney.
    It’s big and black and inky
    And we are small and dinky
    It’s a big universe and we’re not.

  • M. February 5, 2011, 9:28 pm