While the SDSS assemblies I mentioned in the last post are rendering away, I’m working on finishing out the rest of the connective tissue on our journey from the Big Bang (sound only, no pictures) to the Cosmic Microwave Background Radiation from the Planck satellite through the oldest galaxies and to our first SDSS sequence which starts around ARP273.
If you recall from the detailed history of the film, the decision to use only sound for the Big Bang was not easy but ultimately, using only real photographs and images won out. The final sound design is done here and timed out – will sound powerful in giant screen theaters as we used only Professor Cramer’ science data here from 2003 and 2013 to create it.
The Planck data that I chose is based on the heat map of the most recent, most detailed, best Planck data and analyses to date here. It also looks pretty cool. The color is “false” since microwaves are outside of visible light but the color is good choice for showing the detail. I don’t use false color for images that fall in visible light (notably the garish orange used often for picture of our Sun which is actually white) but here it make sense. This section is complete and happy with how it turned out.
What is on the agenda today has been finalizing distances for the Ultra Deep and Frontier Field oldest (and farthest) galaxies for the short section prior to SDSS. As these galaxies are tiny blobs of just a few pixels buried behind closer galaxies and local Milky Way stars, the screen is mostly black in this section as we only have Hubble images of just a few of these. But the music and images here with the understanding that we are looking at light 8 to over 13 billion years old is awe-inspiring enough and sets up the SDSS sequence when we jump from just a few small ancient galaxies to a screen bursting with galaxies.