Visually Stunning Tour of the Universe

fa165747704eb9af38ea4f39ba58e64cThe intro to the sci-fi movie Contact (1997) takes us on a magnificent, beautiful journey through the Universe.

The opening scene is a three-minute computer-generated sequence, beginning with a view of Earth from high in the exosphere and listening in on numerous radio waves of modern programming emitting from the planet. The camera then starts pulling out, passing the Moon, Mars, and other features of the solar system, then to the Oort cloud, interstellar space, the Local Bubble, the Milky Way, other galaxies of the Local Group, and eventually into deep space.

As this occurs, the radio signals start to drop out and reflect older programming, representing the distance these signals would have traveled at the speed of light, eventually becoming silent as the distance becomes much greater. The sequence eventually resolves into the iris of young Ellie’s eye as she is listening on her amateur radio set.

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