Beautiful Starry Sky Animation and Quiz

This is the culmination of what we have learnt about PowerPoint animation. Now it is your turn to answer this quiz and earn instant rewards.
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starry sky animation

How to participate in this quiz contest?

  1. Download the presentation from the link below
  2. Run the presentation. Instructions are on slide 2
  3. Understand how this animation was created and post the steps required to create the animation.
  4. The steps have to be in logical order.
  5. If you have read all the past articles about animation, it will be easy for you to decode this animation sequence.
  6. You must post the answers as comments on this blog. Answers posted on any other site will not be eligible for the prize.
  7. Dr. Nitin’s decision about the winning entry is final. If none of the answers is accurate, the contest will be cancelled and the gift will not be rewarded to anyone.
  8. The contest will close on Sunday, April 13th at 11:50 PM IST


You will need to use Formatting pane, Selection Pane and Animation Pane to understand exactly what is being done and how.

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8 Responses

  1. =two chart sheet were added where scatter dots are shown
    =one picture with the mountain and trees are added
    =two moons one real and one mirror image in the water has been added
    =the back ground has been changed to black.
    =first arc down animation for the star picture is added with path “unlocked”
    =One more upside down arc for the other star (water shadow)
    =Transparency has been added for stars
    =moon top and moon bottm animation has been added
    =transparency for moon down has been added
    =two down animation for falling star
    =one disappear animation for falling star

  2. Hi Doc,

    Missed this as you have done it on Sunday and I dont check your blog in sunday. Moreover your blog entries are not coming on correct dates.

    I could do it myself. The toughest part was to create stars using scatter–> bubble chart using 430 stars through rand(),rand() and randbetween(1,3), Rest was easy. So I am not giving the full answer as deadline already passed.

  3. Thanks.
    1. Open a new powerpoint blank slide.
    2. Right Click –> Format Background- Solid Fill- Black
    3. Insert Chart–> X-Y Scatter – Bubble
    4. In Edit Data there are X-Value, Y -Value and Size
    5. In X and Y Value write formula = rand()
    6.in Size write formula = randbetween(1,3)
    7.Copy the same cell below upto 430 cells
    8. Select series to =Sheet1!$A$1:$C$430
    9.Increase the chart area to 10.6 and 21.42.
    10.This will increase the chart to outside of the slide boundary.
    11.Zoom slide to 40% to look complete chart.
    12.Go To series Y-Value and scale bubble size to 1 (from default 100)
    13.Rename “ChartN” to “Stars” for better understanding.
    14.Copy and Paste the same chart for “Stars upside down” . Rotate it 180 degree for mirror effect.
    15.Adjust the position
    16.Insert all the required pictures on the slide
    17.pictures are earth only, moon, falling star1, falling star 2, TextBox1
    18. Write Name “Kakesh from Kakesh.com” in Text Box 🙂
    19. Copy and paste moon, bring it down, rotate it 180 degree for mirror image and add artistic effect blur, rename it moon down
    20. put too circle at very top for falling star1 and falling star2, solid fill with the same colour of star
    21. Now open selection pane and we should have following objects on the slide
    Textbox1, earth only, moon bottom, moon top, stars uoside down, earth, falling star, falling star2, stars
    22. start adding animations
    23.all animation would star together. so start with previous
    24. stars, stars upside down, moon top and moon bottom would have motion animation arcs
    25. While two moons will go upto the edge of slide stars would come outside the edge of the slide.
    25. set timings and smooth start, smooth end in this case smooth start and end would be 0
    26. In stars upside down and moon bottom set emphasis animation transparency = 75%
    27. Add motion animation lines to falling star 1 and 2.
    28. Falling star1 delay is 3.3 sec and falling star2 delay is 9.4
    29. add exit animation disappear to falling star2 after 10.2 sec

    I thing I could put all the steps required to create this animation. Believe me I have created this from scratch and I could run just like your animation but it took me around 3 hours to do complete animation.

    Good quiz and learning indeed.

    1. Hi Kakesh
      Congratulations. You are the winner. Although Manasdash also posted the steps logically, you win this time. Because you have really written a detailed description of the steps and even if you had not mentioned it, it is obvious that you actually did it from scratch. It is impossible to get the order of doing things right by reverse engineering what I had done. Great work Kakesh.

      Even though the winner is announced, I request all of you to at least have a cursory look at the animation and spend at least 10 minutes understanding how it was done. You will learn a lot of useful stuff there.

      Dr Nitin

    1. Yes Manas. Thanks for the feedback.

      This time I tried a different approach. First show the end result which is absolutely appealing and compelling. And then learn the internals.
      The outcome becomes your motivation to explore.

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