Haha that is kind of creepy - awesome find, and it looks really cool, too!
Here's the relevant settings if you want to try something similar:Comp: 1280x720 @ 23.97fps"Vortex Point" is at 0,0,0Vortex point rotates 360 degrees every 10 secondsEmitter:PointAttach to layer: Vortex PointPosition 250,0,0Trajectory: RandomParticle Systems: (there are two--identical except Particles per second, Particle Color and Particle Scale)particles per second: 200 ishLife: 10 secondsEmitter Attachment 0Velocity from Emitter: 100%Speed: 0Mass: 5.8Forces:Cuboid, 2000px X, 2000 px Y, 500 px ZAttraction, Strength 50%I don't think anything else in the particle sim is relevant (Particle textures and colors can always be changed), but this combination of rotational inertia and attraction seems to form a stable star (I'd originally set mass from 0 to 7 and got a near-star. When I saw what was happening, I finessed the Mass to get it to line up right).Also, if you keep everything else the same, but play around with the mass settings, you can get different shapes. I've gotten a triangle and an uneven 6-pointed star.I'm keeping this in mind for next Halloween--Attach another particle sim to the same rig with no gravity and I can get the circle to make a full rotating 3D pentagram, and THAT, my friends, is gonna be part of next year's Hoot logo.
Changed size of the planet just before render, forgot to change the explosion emitter to match, so it's a bit off, but proof-of-concept established.I'll probably do a VFX breakdown for this soon. Also will render another pass of the particle fleet flying by, because I have the individual ships far enough away from the camera where it's hard to tell that the saucers are actually rotating.
This looks like a great experiment - and with the changes you have suggested it would be a great scene. Are you going to do another version with the updated ideas because I'd love to see a VFX breakdown of that!
That's a neat idea. But the flyby is a little fast. I couldn't see much detail on the ships. But it made me think of DS9, when the Romulan/Cardassian fleet went to destroy the Founders home world.