Be humble

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.

How light could reveal alien life

Garik Israelian is a spectroscopist, studying the spectrum emitted by a star to figure out what it’s made of and how it might behave. It’s a rare and accessible look at this discipline, which may help us an Earthlike planet friendly to life. (Recorded at TEDGlobal, July 2009, Oxford, UK.Duration: 15:52)

How spectroscopy could reveal alien life: Garik Israelian on TED.com

WorldWide Telescope public beta now available

Oh, the WorldWide Telescope public beta is out already by the way. I normally don’t support betas but this – I just can’t resist it. I downloaded it in the end.

Sweet stuff. I can’t name the things I’m viewing but it’s look beautiful.

You can download the WorldWide Telescope here.