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Stellar Bodies

After Effects

Stellar Bodies

AFTER EFFECTS

Exploring the Cosmos by building one.

“We have always looked to the stars to discover who we are.

A thousand centuries ago in Africa the |Xam Abathwa tribe gathered to tell a story.

The tale of a girl who dug her hands into a fiery ash and threw it into the sky to create the Milky Way. And hidden there, buried among the eternal stars was a message. An enormous letter in a bottle made of space and time. Visible only to those whose hearts were open enough to receive it.”*

This experiment is inspired by Star Trek, Cowboy Bebop, NASA’s InSight Mars Lander, and the ton of astrophysics books I’ve been reading.

01-21-19

Super Blood Wolf Moon.

There was a Super Blood Wolf Moon last night! I wanted a pic but my phone camera sucks at a distance, so I did my best to recreate my view in After Effects.

Animation coming soon!

12-16-18

Mars

Earth and Mars were basically twins until ~3 billion years ago. I wonder what happened.

12-05-18

Earth

This is my first attempt creating a 3d object in After Effects. Luckily, I was able to find a plug-in that makes wrapping a texture around a sphere a breeze.

I recently finished reading Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. In chapter 8 “On Being Round” and he points out “If you had a super-duper, jumbo-gigantic finger, and you dragged it across Earth’s surface (oceans and all), Earth would feel as smooth as a cue ball.”

That description blew my mind and was at the forefront of my thoughts while creating the asset’s normal map. It was an interesting challenge visualizing our home planet’s topography without giving it too much depth.

See You, Space Nerds.

*PARAPHRASED FROM STAR TREK: DISCOVERY | S02E01 “BROTHER”

Want to see more?

Here’s another idea I’ve played with.

Want to see more?

Here’s another idea I’ve played with.

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Email: michael@alchemilabs.io

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