Milky Way Analogue Isolated Disk Galaxy
From Jeffrey Carpenter
Narrated by Richard Dormer.
Birth of Planet Earth tells the twisted tale of our planet’s origins.
Scientists now believe that our galaxy is filled with solar systems, including up to a billion planets roughly the size of our own. The film employs advanced, data-driven, cinematic-quality visualizations to explore some of the greatest questions in science today: How did Earth become a living planet in the wake of our solar system’s violent birth? What does its history tell us about our chances of finding other worlds that are truly Earth-like?
Countless supernovae explosions have seeded our galaxy with planet-building elements.
Credit: Nathan Goldbaum, National Center for Supercomputing Applications; Mark Krumholz, Australian National University; John Forbes, Harvard Institute for Theory and Computation.
Visualization by Advanced Visualization Lab, National Center for Supercomputing Applications, U. of Illinois.