Would you believe that the photo above was made with a sheet of glass, milk, food coloring, a bit of water and dust particles? I didn't either, but I speak the truth. Joey Shanks, the guy behind the Shanks FX Youtube channel that regularly features mind-blowing stunts and creations (like a how-to on blowing ginormous bubbles), teamed up with PBS Digital Studios to create his own rendition of "The Cosmos" with some great light and crafty camera angles. Here's a wide shot of the creation space:
By slowly dripping milk and food coloring onto the glass (go light on the water, as Shanks advises in the video below), the slow-motion camera captures show the coloring floating across the glass and looks like—what we can only assume—a new solar system being born. The spotlight catches the dust particles on the glass and illuminates them as stars.
This is far from rocket science—pun most definitely intended. Shanks walks you through his process in a video on his Youtube page. Check it out below: