This visualization attempts to capture the mood of Claude Debussy’s best-known composition, Clair de Lune (moonlight in French). The piece was published in 1905 as the third of four movements in the composer’s Suite Bergamasque, and unlike the other parts of this work, Clair is quiet, contemplative, and slightly melancholy, evoking the feeling of a solitary walk through a moonlit garden.

The visuals were composed like a nature documentary, with clean cuts and a mostly stationary virtual camera. The viewer follows the Sun throughout a lunar day, seeing sunrises and then sunsets over prominent features on the Moon. The sprawling ray system surrounding Copernicus crater, for example, is revealed beneath receding shadows at sunrise and later slips back into darkness as night encroaches.

The visualization was created to accompany a performance of Clair de Lune by the National Symphony Orchestra Pops, led by conductor Emil de Cou, at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC, on June 1 and 2, 2018, as part of a celebration of NASA’s 60th anniversary.

The visualization uses a digital 3D model of the Moon built from Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter global elevation maps and image mosaics. The lighting is derived from actual Sun angles during lunar days in 2018.

This video is public domain and along with other supporting visualizations can be downloaded from the Scientific Visualization Studio at:

[Danke an Das Kraftfutterischwerk für die Idee… ]


4. Juni 2017

The video started when Mathematician Gerald Eichstädt (Frankfurt, Germany) took still shots taken by NASA’s Juno spacecraft and spent 60 hours editing them together. As if this wasn’t enough, animator Seán Doran then spent another 12 hours smoothing each frame, all 2,400 of them, resulting in this awe-inspiring tribute to the gas giant. Time well spent.

More here and here


9. April 2015

Am  Karsamstag, 4. April gab es über Nordamerika die kürzeste Mondfinsternis des noch jungen Jahrhunderts zu sehen. Sie dauerte 45 Minuten, die NASA hat davon ein komplettes Video ins Netz gepackt. Vollbild, zurücklehnen, der beste Bildschirmschoner ever.

On Saturday morning, April 4, 2015 not long before sunrise, the bright full moon over North America turned a lovely shade of celestial red during a total lunar eclipse.


{gefunden bei Kraftfuttermischwerk)