Ken Murphy installed a camera on top of the Exploratorium in San Francisco and set it to take a picture every ten seconds for a year. A History of the Sky is those pictures as a series of time-lapse movies where each day is represented with a grid. So what you see 360 skies at once:
Time-lapse movies are compelling because they give us a glimpse of events that are continually occurring around us, but at a rate normally far too slow to for us to observe directly. A History of the Sky enables the viewer to appreciate the rhythms of weather, the lengthening and shortening of days, and other atmospheric events on an immediate aesthetic level: the clouds, fog, wind, and rain form a rich visual texture, and sunrises and sunsets cascade across the screen.
Time-lapse: Yep, still fascinating.
[murphlab via Data Pointed]
Super geeky cool. But I’d say the photos were taken a lot more frequently than every 10 minutes – perhaps every 10 seconds.
Yep, according to the the History of the Sky page (http://www.murphlab.com/hsky/), “[A]n image of the sky is being captured every 10 seconds from a camera installed on the roof of the Exploratorium, on the edge of San Francisco Bay. The images collected over each 24-hour period are assembled into a 6 minute movie (at 24 frames/second).”
My sons made me play this three times this morning at breakfast. Thanks so much for sharing it.
The idea is intriguing but I found myself wanting that puzzle to be assembled by the clouds/fog rather than by time. I found myself only able to concentrate on any one pixel except at sunrise and sunset. That looks like a real fun data set to explore.
A year of effort. I was hoping for something more.
Absolutely fantastic. Was it just me though or did the sunrises and sunsets not seem to be in a completely smooth “domino effect” from day to day (or frame to frame as shown in the video)?
I really wanted to watch this without interruption but couldn’t take the constant buffering both times around. so frustrating, know its not your fault. just venting!!! grrrrrrrrr
Neat. I was surprised by the lack of colors (red, oranges, etc.) but I guess that depends on where the camera was pointed. Also, at about 3:09 in row 1, column 5, was that a person?
LOL! yah i saw that too. looks like a person bending over. like the atlas statue or something.