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14Aug/101

Hubble 3D IMAX – “To infiniti, and beyondddddddd!”

"I think in 500 years people will look back at Hubble and say its one of Mans most amazing creations"  -- I think you're right.

Today was the screening of Hubble 3D IMAX for Atlanta. I cannot say advanced, as its already released in some parts of the countries and is currently being introduced to others. However, for Atlanta, its the first time its been shown here.

This movie, for a lack of bette words, was absolutely astonishing -- and with that, the only negative part is that it is only a runtime of 45 minutes, and is not nearly long enough.

The use of 3D is wonderful in the traveling between stars and galaxies, and the quality of fixed cameras on the space shuttle during the Hubble repairs in April 2009 is absolute beautiful and pristine, while the camera helmets and space shuttle cameras are a little grainy (not high res cameras, and footage is blown to IMAX, what do you expect?)

The film shows some of Hubbles findings, which are overlaid onto CGI in such an incredible way it seems seemless and it seems as if our telescope was able to build 3D captures of distant galaxies.

The film then proceeds to show the launching, notice of failure of the primary mirror, and then the training and launches of new missions for Hubble repairs, all the way up until the last and final missions in April 2009.

Then, back to the galaxies!

I've always been overwhelmed by the thought and while viewing pictures captured of the billions of galaxies and stars captured by Hubble, and to see it at this magnitude and presentation was absolutely incredible. To see with such sound and resolution the launch of a space shuttle, the rumbling of the solid rocket booster and the astonishing bloom of smoke, and the fine detail of launch platform all in 3D IMAX format, wow. It almost made me emotional on how incredible a feat it is and that we are able to do it.

The easy way to put this is: GO AND SEE THIS MOVIE! It is an ABSOLUTE must. Our world at times seems like its so large, I mean afterall  it takes 24 hours to fly from Atlanta to Sydney -- but how does that compare to the fact we now see galaxies that are 800 billion light years away? That means the light we see, originated 800 BILLION YEARS AGO! And we are seeing it, now. Whats there now? When you look at the sky, those stars are other solar systems and galaxies, and we only see a fraction of the hundreds of billions that are out there. How big is Earth, now?

You see magnificant footage of stars collapsing, and a star nursery. Absolutely incredible.

When this arrives (most likely at Fernbank) buy your tickets ASAP!

   
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