A state-of-the-art view of the Universe
Cosmic Eye is a short film and iOS app, developed by astrophysicist Danail Obreschkow. It shows the largest and smallest well known scales of the universe by gradually zooming out from and then back into the face of a young lady called “Louise”. According to the developer, the film and app were inspired by the essay Cosmic View (1957) and the short films Cosmic Zoom (1968) and Powers of Ten (1977), but use state-of-the-art know-how and new scientific imaging and computer simulations. Cosmic Eye was developed in 2012 for local teaching and outreach purposes. It suddenly became world-famous in April 2016, when it attracted 40 million views in just ten days on the Facebook group page of “The Science Scoop”. The video has since been viewed more than 200 Million times on Facebook (top-ten counts only) and was featured in major media, such as BBC World News.
Cosmic Eye was re-released in 2018 in high-resolution landscape (16:9) format and slightly improved graphics that includes animated vector elements.
The lady at the centre of the film is Louise McKay. She is a professional cello player from Western Australia.