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(Gizmodo)   A video of what flying through the universe at warp speed would look like. Subbie's found a new screen saver   (sploid.gizmodo.com) divider line 22
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2014-03-13 07:50:46 AM  
If you want to see what it would look like if you were traveling super close to light speed, adjust the color so that everything is super blue and then flatten the whole thing in the direction you're traveling.
 
2014-03-13 07:53:33 AM  
I'm so glad there are really smart scientist like people to map all that stuff out because it seems exhausting.

Like being asked to count grains of sand on the beach
 
2014-03-13 08:04:04 AM  
It would be more fun to stop then look back.  You'd see yourself (or your ship) flying backwards to its point of origin.
 
2014-03-13 08:10:56 AM  
Wouldn't it just be a bright blue dot in front of you? Upon approaching c, of course.
 
2014-03-13 08:13:19 AM  
So driving over the Colorado mountains at night in January?
 
2014-03-13 08:27:54 AM  
At such a speed, you wouldn't see anything, as everything would be shifted out of the color frequencies a human can visually detect.
 
2014-03-13 08:28:37 AM  
I had that screensaver years ago.
 
2014-03-13 08:34:55 AM  
Space is big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space.
 
2014-03-13 08:37:47 AM  
At those speeds that video was simulating (better than 100 light-years per second), I doubt you would be able to see anything.
 
2014-03-13 08:42:16 AM  
FTA: While the positions of galaxies are spot on, they have been made bigger for visual purposes.

So it's actually a video of what it wouldn't look like, subby.
 
2014-03-13 08:52:21 AM  
You know what I'd pay for?  A screensaver like this but with all the stars mapped in our galaxy - travel from Sol to a random star in our galaxy.  If there are known planets, spin around that solar system with simulated planets based on what we think is there.  Automatic updates keep adding planets from the known lists (I think we are at 715+, last I heard. l Not sure if that number is correct.  So we get to Betegeuse and orbit a 3d model of a red giant with any surface effects we know that a red giant has (sunspots?  flares?).  Spend a few minutes there with a simulated surface, then move out to the planets we think it may have and orbit those simulated gas giants or rocky balls.  Move on to the next star with known planets, repeat.  Keep travel in the solar system at the speed of light (eight minutes from Sol to Earth), but orbit 'slowly', in a relative sense.  Travel between stars at x times the speed of light, where x is a value derived from the distance of the current star to the next star.  40 light years away?  Keep c 'slow'.  40,000 light years away? c=c*10, or something like that.  Maybe toggle stellar & planetary information at the bottom of the screen (Constellation/star type/planet count/planet type & details of those, IE:

Currently orbiting Betelguese, Constellation Orion (alpha), red giant, no known planets and so on.  Add in the ability to customize that displayed information from lists like this:

http://www.alcyone.de/SIT/mainstars/SIT000636.htm

and I'd be sold.

I can't program at all, and I don't know if NASA has a publicly available database of updated exoplanet information available online in a format that could be accessed by automation, but if someone cared enough about stellar cartography to make such a thing happen, you've got my $25.
 
2014-03-13 09:25:07 AM  
Internet...the final frontier.  These are the voyages of the website Gizmodo.  Its only mission is explore new videos, seek out new distractions...TO BOLDLY POST WHAT ONLY A SMALL HANDFUL OF WEBSITES HAVE POSTED BEFORE.
 
2014-03-13 10:05:28 AM  

somemoron: I can't program at all, and I don't know if NASA has a publicly available database of updated exoplanet information available online in a format that could be accessed by automation, but if someone cared enough about stellar cartography to make such a thing happen, you've got my $25.


It isn't a screen saver and doesn't have the cool visuals you are looking for, but you may be interested in Celestia. To travel to a star, right click on it and select goto.
 
2014-03-13 10:41:28 AM  
So basically the known universe is shaped like an enormous rectangular burrito?
 
2014-03-13 10:43:19 AM  
I spy a... no, wait, it's gone.
 
2014-03-13 11:19:19 AM  
"Hey Peter! I can see your house from here!"
 
2014-03-13 11:22:55 AM  
Uh, that video is much, much faster than warp 9. Those are galaxies flying by, not stars.
 
2014-03-13 11:54:22 AM  
Subbie's found a new screen saver

Bucking the traditional spelling there, eh subs?  Oh, you rebel.  Keep fighting the system and raging against the machine in your own special way.

/don't mean for that to be as dickish as it may sound
 
2014-03-13 03:28:42 PM  

Feepit: somemoron: I can't program at all, and I don't know if NASA has a publicly available database of updated exoplanet information available online in a format that could be accessed by automation, but if someone cared enough about stellar cartography to make such a thing happen, you've got my $25.

It isn't a screen saver and doesn't have the cool visuals you are looking for, but you may be interested in Celestia. To travel to a star, right click on it and select goto.


I'll have to give that a whirl, thanks!
 
2014-03-13 08:38:53 PM  
Is it just me, or is so much of space pictured as linear. Isn't there a way to go in a direction other than "towards" an object in an x-y configuration. Maybe I'm just crazy..
 
2014-03-13 09:02:32 PM  
 
2014-03-13 09:35:16 PM  
Couldn't warp myself to get past the "join the discussion" pop over.
 
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