National Geographic: The Invisible World

Synopsis: Each moment, events take place that the human eye cannot perceive because these occurrences are too small, too large, too fast, too slow or beyond the spectrum of visible light. Witness ...
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Alex Pomansanof
57 min

Though remarkably sensitive and


the human eye is an extremely limited

device a surprisingly

narrow window on our world

In the fragile film of a soap

bubble lies a normally

unseen realm a miniature liquid


too small for our eyes to see

Vivid detail is also hidden within

an instant of time

Many events are simply too fast to

be seen with the unaided eye

When time is compressed

once motionless sights magically

come to life

A voracious army of fire ants

devours a helpless cricket

It is an awesome

day long process too slow

for us to notice

Beyond the spectrum of visible

light lie strange

and extraordinary sights images

created with forms of energy

which elude the naked eye

Today, as never before

cameras and other instruments

that see are radically expanding the

of our vision and knowledge

and altering forever our image

of the world

Join us now on a visual journey beyond

the limits of the naked eye

on a voyage into "The Invisible World"

We are visual creatures

reliant on our eyes as our primary

link with the world

Able at a glance to estimate size

measure depth, register movement

make sudden shifts in focus

and instantly distinguish s million

different colors,

our eyes are the most highly developed

of all living species

Yet, despite our eyes' amazing powers

and remarkable versatility

there are infinite sights around

us to

which we are totally blind

If our vision is expanded beyond

its normal bounds

a whole new world of experience

suddenly unfolds

Through the specialized eyes of

cameras come new dimensions of seeing

Fleeting movement hidden by time...

details shrouded by distance

and size

are revealed as vivid images

which our eyes alone could

never discern

The camera must often come to the aid

of our blinkered sense of sight

What thousands of eyes have

witnessed firsthand

we must rely on a camera to

actually see

Possessed with powers to reveal

the world in myriad ways

that our unaided eyes cannot

cameras and other imaging tools are

extending enormously the limited

reach of our vision probing

once distant

and unimagined realms that lie hidden

all around us

We delight in exploring the world

we can see

But even up close

our eyes can barely resolve objects

that are one three hundredths of

an inch in diameter a fraction

the size of a tiny grain of sand

What seems very small in human scale is

but the threshold of a microcosm

beyond the limits of our eyes

In a tiny drop of water

a bounty of life too small to see

Like spaceships from an alien world

delicate creatures called plankton

silently maneuver

through their seemingly

boundless universe

Completely unknown until the invention

of the microscope some 400 years ago

the discovery of plankton and other

microlife provoked unparalleled wonder

When seen for the first time

it was difficult to believe

that living things could be so

small-that a single

drop of water could contain

a miniature world

Indispensable tools of science

modern microscopes fitted

with cameras can now easily

recapture the sights

that were seen when man first

glimpsed the microworld

Bacteria. Discovered in 1674

their tiny size and great abundance

seemed nearly inconceivable

A slice of leaf revealed a complex

structure of tiny living cells

which no one had dreamed existed

Blood was seen to be composed of

millions of free-floating corpuscles

The sight of a cell dividing

seemed a miracle

of nature-another astounding discovery

which would help to lay the foundations

of modern biology and medicine

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