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Gravitational Waves Explained Using Stick Figures

How are gravitational waves made? In this episode of MinutePhysics, Henry Reich draws up a series of other wave creating scenarios -- water waves, air pressure waves, and radio waves -- to help explain gravitational w...

How Far Can We Go? Limits of Humanity – Kurzgesagt

Is there a border we will never cross? Are there places we will never be able to reach, no matter how hard we try? It turns out there are. Even with science fiction technology, we are trapped in our pocket of the univ...

Why every picture of a black hole is an illustration – Vox

No one has ever seen a black hole. There have been illustrations and computer simulations, but not even astronomers have seen a black hole... yet. In the spring of 2017, we might see... something. As a part of...

Understanding the Magnetic Sun – NASA Goddard

This dynamic computer model of our sun reveals the behavior of its invisible magnetic structure. The pink and green indicate open magnetic field lines that reach out into space, while the "closed" white lines loop bac...

How do we know what stars are made of?

How do astronomers know what stars are made of when those stars are light years away from Earth? These demonstrations by Dr Francisco Diego reveal the colors of light that are produced from sodium chloride, rubidium c...

LIGO & The First Observation of Gravitational Waves – CalTech

On September 14, 2015 at 5:51am ET, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detected ripples in the fabric of spacetime. One hundred years after Albert Einstein predicted the existence of gravit...

Evidence of a Ninth Planet

Thanks to mathematical modeling and computer simulations by CalTech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, we now have strong evidence that there's a large planet -- about 10x Earth's size -- orbiting in an ex...

DISHDANCE, a time lapse for The Skyglow Project

Created for The Skyglow Project, an astrophotography book and time lapse series by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, DISHDANCE observes massive radio telescopes during the day and night. The project also capture...

Explore the Science Behind Fireworks—and the Galaxy

When you watch fireworks burst with color, you're seeing examples of how stars and galaxies work: Blues from copper, yellows from sodium, bright whites from aluminum, barium greens, and reds made from strontium... The...

Taking the very first picture of a black hole – Black Hole Hunters

From the excellent Out There series from The New York Times: Black Hole Hunters, the story of the Earth-sized array of observation stations synchronized to capture Sagittarius A*, the astronomical radio source at the ...

DIY Cloud Chamber – How to build your own particle detector

There's an easy way to build a particle detector for around $40. Yes, you can make your own particle detector to see invisible cosmic rays from space. In this video from US LHC at CERN -- LHC stands for Large Hadr...

How do we study the stars & measure extreme distances in space?

How can we know so much about other galaxies? What are they made of? How big are they? How far away are they from Earth? "Want to know the secrets of the universe? Just follow the light." These two TED Eds fro...

First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

Solar System, Milky Way, Laniakea: Our home supercluster

Our home planet, Earth, circles the sun. The sun, our star, is but one of billions of stars in the Milky Way, our home galaxy... and beyond that? Where on the map of the cosmos is the Milky Way? For the first time, we...

Spectroscopy of Stars – Wonders of the Universe

Understand what the universe is made of by looking at the light of its stars. In this clip from Wonders of the Universe – Stardust, Professor Brian Cox demonstrates how chemical elements emit a unique set of colors wh...

The Giant Magellan Telescope

In the year 2020, seven of the largest mirrors on Earth — 20 tons each — will come together in a 22-story, rotating building located at the Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama Desert of Chile....

The Large and Small Magellanic Clouds

Via kqedscience, this is a tour of two of our closest galaxies: the Large and Small Magellanic Clouds. They are between 163,000 and 200,000 light-years away and hold a few hundred million sta...

PBS Off Book: The Beauty of Space Photography

Astrophysics Research Scientist Dr. Emily Rice, Hubble Image Processor Zolt Levay, and Astronomer David W. Hogg discuss the mix of technology, data, and inspiration that we use to make images of space come to life. ...

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