The IMAX short film "Hubble: Galaxies Across Space and Time" transforms images and data from NASA's Hubble Space Telescope into a voyage that sweeps viewers across the universe and back into cosmic history.
The film opens with looming images of two mature galaxies that are relatively nearby Earth, and then pans through the vibrant and diverse panorama of thousands of galaxies in an image from the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. The ensuing 3-D journey through these galaxies provides more than just a new perspective in space. It also takes the audience back in time. Because light takes time to journey across space, the galaxies farther away from Earth are seen further back in cosmic history. The virtual voyage reveals galaxies as they appeared billions of years ago, when they were still in the process of forming.
This low-resolution video version of the film is nearly identical to the IMAX version, except that the titles and credits have been re-formatted to be readable. The small and large versions have approximately 0.3 percent and 1.3 percent, respectively, of the detail in the IMAX version.
Video versions with less compression (and larger file sizes) as well as other file formats can be found at:
IMAX theater owners interested in the film can get more information at: http://hubblesource.stsci.edu/exhibits/largefilm/index.php
Publication: June 24, 2004