When NASA did this sort of thing, it was an unintentional spinoff, albeit arguably the one that had the greatest impact on mankind, of a 100bn dollar project.
NASA still provides this material without copyright.
I think a global first is within our reach.
Last year I did a 8 hr time-lapse of Jupiter as a proof of concept.
The wider goal was to unify the time-lapse streams from several such scopes (a global project) to create essentially a continuous time-lapse of Jupiter, along with various sites on Earth to really put people in touch with their spinning home and solar system. This would be the first time anything like this has ever been attempted.
Personally I think it would be ‘FRICKIN AWESOME’ if this can be pulled off!
The planets align later this year, and I had intended to start garnering support for this some time after Easter 2011 (post DMD2). This is not a trivial project. I’m also not rich enough to fund this one out of my own pockets which is one of the reasons I’ve been taking donations.
Earlier this week I found out about the youtube Nextup program, and that it had a deadline of the end of the week! (27 March I think). It looks like youtube are essentially scouting for talent and are willing to put some funds that way. $35k and YT promotion would be useful incentives in getting the global interest of astronomers needed to take this one to the hoop. I put together what I could in the time I had available.
Yeah I appreciate this might seem an odd time to release the video, but this one is working according to their schedule, not mine.
The entry is meant to be accompanied by a 400 word ‘essay’.
This is what I submitted.
– To unify the eyes of the world
This project is intrinsically global in its nature, and will, upon its completion constitute a global first.
Our technology has now advanced to the point where one man can, with modest resources, surpass what was a billion dollar superpower effort four decades ago.
-The images I have here of Jupiter in this video, while impressive, are actually well below the machine’s capability, but regrettably I didn’t have time to wait for good conditions, or to travel to an observatory site. Nonetheless this video demonstrates the proof of concept.
I propose to implement this technology with the aim of recording a 24 hour timelapse of Jupiter from as many locations on Earth as possible. While all the components to make this project happen have been in existence for 5 or so years, no one has yet bought them together.
Realistically $35 k is a secondary consideration for this project in that if this venture were to be attempted commercially it would probably cost about 5-10+ times this amount (4+ professional planetary imagers operating technical and expensive kit from four locations on the planet).
Thankfully, many scientific institutes will be happy to help out pro-bono if the project is interesting, and plausible, and this project is both. The publicity the work is likely to garner (especially with Youtube/Google promotion) will probably be a deal clinching incentive. The ability to buy someone a few thousand bucks worth of kit (if necessary) is likely to be a significant (and relatively cost effective) sweetener/ facilitator.
It is likely that this will have to happen from observatory sites, simply to increase the probability of clear skies. The good news is most observatories usually have ‘small scopes’ on site (large by amateur standards) that are perfectly capable of performing this sort of project. Further they usually have capable people operating them.
-I am a credible research scientist, with a track record of producing popular and rigorous scientific videos that demonstrate I can pull this sort of thing off. It is likely, although not guaranteed, that I could garner the support of several observatories.
The primary purpose of this project is to allow people to see things from a different mental vantage point. To graphically connect them, via new technology and media, with both the planet rotating beneath their feet, and the planets spinning above their heads.
-Next year, Mars!