Pursuit of Light

By Phil Plait | May 3, 2012 12:00 pm

I don’t think I need to tell you much about this. Set it to the highest resolution, make it full screen, sit back, and watch this NASA promotional video called "Pursuit of Light".

[A huge 3420 x 1152 pixel version is available for download as well.]

Most of the images shown have graced this blog over the past few months, and you can find various descriptions of them with details if you search.

But that’s not the point of this video. It’s to inspire: wonder, awe, beauty, majesty, curiosity, and imagination.

So, a note to NASA: YES. This is how you do it. Well done.

Comments (13)

  1. Nice. Although, I am curious why the video info says “Artist: Moby” when the opening music is Jami Sieber (and her wonderful cello)?

  2. Aaron

    My god, that’s beautiful.

  3. Eric P.

    Beautiful imagery. It seemed a little disjointed in its message (which wasn’t crystal clear IMO). I believe NASA is trying to inspire the non-scientific masses w/this video, but I don’t know how effective it was.

    I think we need something more concrete yet still amazing (like Cosmos!). Good thing Cosmos is coming back w/Tyson!

    Thanks for sharing.

    Eric P.

  4. Crux Australis

    Is it possible to be in love with a video? If so, I feel like I’m cheating on http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wupToqz1e2g

  5. Messier Tidy Upper

    Cheers. Superluminous clip. 8)

  6. Chris G

    That was just incredible.

    Does anyone know what the song is at the very beginning (ending at ~2:03)? Coupled with the video, it just gave me goosebumps.

  7. Chas, PE SE

    Wow. Excellent! Who says there’s no Art in Science?

    The last line reminded me of a comment I heard a long time ago: “The meek shall inherit the earth. The rest of us are going to the stars”

  8. Chris G

    It is simply awe-inspiring to think that we, on our little pale blue dot in the vast ocean of black, have the ability to look to into the abyss and contemplate, study and ultimately explain the wonder and origins of our universe.

    Let this remind us of our place in the infinite cosmos, and make the most of our fleeting time on our tiny oasis among the stars.

  9. Joe

    That’s just amazing. Brilliant.

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