Jun 4 2008Thanks NASA!: Visible Magnetic Fields

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NASA, who should be focusing their efforts on a way to blast me out of the solar system, is instead making movies with visible magnetic fields. Not sure how this is gonna help me bed an alien chick, but whatever, it's freaking awesome so I'll let it slide.

Scientists from NASA's Space Sciences Laboratory have made (magnetic fields) visible as "animated photographs," using sound-controlled CGI and 3D compositing. It makes the fields, as explained by the scientists, dance in an absolutely gorgeous movie called Magnetic Movie.

Be sure to check out a ton more pictures and the movie after the jump, it's some serious eye candy. Now NASA needs to get to work on making a pair of glasses that can do this in real time. Then we could all, you know, get high and make Magneto put on a light show.

Hit the jump for a ton more awesomeness. Oh, and even though it sounds like it, the woman in the video does not say "hairy balls" at 0:45, she says hairball. This is science people, get your heads out of the gutter.

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NASA Scientists Make Magnetic Fields Visible, Beautiful [gizmodo]

Thanks Shawn, you don't happen to have Magneto's number do you?

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Thats insane. Lets see what NASA discovers next.

weird

Colours, yay!

"To set things straight, this video is a 3D CGI visualition of how magnetic fields could look like. It is not real, just a mix of video footage with computer generated imagery."

via Today and Tomorrow via Kottke via gizmodo
http://www.todayandtomorrow.net/2008/06/02/magnetic-movie/

you could at least check the sites that you steal this stuff from, 2 days later, to make sure it's real

Spooky! I'm afeared Goober!

Actually this is a simple case of hypoglorisine interacting with the magneto assembly thereby crating a sort of rift in the hyperspace between the excited electrons of the CD and the unexcited protons of the playing card. In laymens terms it means the floaty card is caused by a battery jigger with a a twist of soda can.

You can read my science papers at the institute of "You Must Be An Idiot".

@4, if you go back up and look you will see that gizmodo is credited. Also, my thought provoking analysis above is from a different video that I found interesting after watching the magnetic jigger do-wad one. Just in case you were confused as I know how hard it can be to understand from a simpletons point of view.

What am I referring to? I have no idea!

she totally says "hairy balls" its not scientific speak she's just a skank....

sadly thats nothing special reli, and i dont know how nasa invented any of this...they might hav had the idea to visualize magnetic fields through the use of cgi...but thats it.

i suspect most of the CGI was done in after effects with the trapcode particular plugin or autodesk.

takes a day or two to make..but not more.

I still think they are a myth just like "gravity"

I don't really get what is going on to be honest but it looks good.

FAKE
lol

that wacky nasa, always discovering things and stuff.

Wow they need to make pair of glasses that can see thoses

We Hippies found out about those liney-things f***in YEARS ago.
*gets distracted*
we also said the world would go to crap if he still drove cars with gas in them.
but no, Al Gore is f***ing Jesus man, he's way smarter then us

Um, does no one notice that it SAYS up top that it is cgi? And even if you didn't read that, are you just too dumb to realize on your own that MAGNETIC FIELDS ARE INVISIBLE? Wow guys.

Witchcraft!

OMG U SAID IT WERE REALZ!?!?!

WHY U LIE AND SAY IT WUZ CGI WHEN I FIND OUT IT WUZ MADE WITH COMPUTARS?!!?!?!??!??!? I IS SO CONFUSED AND ANGRY!


Dork.

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