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Orion constellation II

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Published on Sep 3, 2012

Constellations are arrangements of stars resemling various figures and shapes. Although related to the stars, the constellations are purely earthly phenomenon. If we were able to see the stars from another point of view, we might not recognize any of the constellations, because their stars will all mix up into another configuration.

This animation starts with the image of the Orion constellation as seen from the Earth. Then the Earth is gradually transported some 433 light years away, to an orbit around another star in out galaxy -- Polaris. You can see the scale of transformation of Orion -- it becomes completely unrecognizable.

Not all stars are shown in the animation, only 430 stars from Orion and another 2300 from its neighbour constellations -- Gemini, Auriga, Taurus, Eridanus, Lepus, Monoceros, Canis Major and Canis Minor.

The sounds are from freesound: "Pond at night" by Glaneur de sons ( http://www.freesound.org/people/Glane... ) and "memories 0I_20mi" by Setuniman ( http://www.freesound.org/people/Setun... ).

A version of this animation without constellation lines is available here: http://youtu.be/xjXBtMgY2J4

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