Sunday, January 14, 2007

The Hubble Deep Field: The Most Important Image Ever Taken

In 2003, the Hubble Space Telescope stared, for a little over 11 days at a rather unremarkable section of sky. The results were humbling on a universal scale.

The Deep Field/Ultra Deep field images taken by the Hubble Space Telescope represent the farthest we've ever seen into the universe. Looking at these images, one cannot help but be humbled by what they mean. At a glance, they show us how tiny humanity is in comparison to the size of the universe

A mind-blowing video from NASA. You can view the whole video here(6min) by clicking on the play button above or get a better view in full screen using the Google video player and downloading the selected video for viewing offline which offers a much better viewing experience. This requires you to download the Google Video Player to your desktop(onetime only). Hubble deep field - Google Video. Choose the full screen mode.

This player provides a °mosaic° of the key frames (segments) by
mousing over the frames and clicking. (illustrated below).

The normal size google video image selector offers 12 key frames, the full screen view offers 42 key frames.

This illustrates the "SoundByte" concept I have been working with this past year, and although the google frames selections appear arbitrary, it seems possible to make these frame selections ("from-to") serve as microformat links to the key frames. In this example, the soundbites are 30 seconds each, the entire video is 6:30 minutes, an attention saving of 84%. For longer video tracks, this key frame approach would significantly reduce the time a viewer needs to access key information and, if desired, he or she can queue the entire video track into a playlist for later viewing.

This process is similar to the movie trailer concept of providing key segments in a short form to "whet the appetite" of the viewer toward watching the entire movie.

Thanks to David Sederquist of NextNow for the original link.

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