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Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space in Ultra-HD 4K

From cameras filming on the International Space Station, enjoy this stunning ultra high definition 4K footage of planet Earth. Turn down the volume, full screen the vid, and put some classical music on. Harmonic pr...

Space Rocks: Comets, asteroids, meteors, & meteorites

This claymation primer on comets, asteroids, meteoroids, meteors, and meteorites helps us learn about Space Rocks in a super adorable way. Made by Beakus for the Royal Observatory Greenwich, the animation is one in a ...

JK Brickworks’ LEGO Orrery

Orreries, mechanical models of the solar system, are not about proper scale, but they are good for better understanding the basic positions and motions of the planets and moons in our solar system. LEGO artist Jas...

ALMA, a telescope so powerful it can see into the past

There’s a telescope deep in Chile’s Atacama Desert that takes pictures so massive that it requires a supercomputer as powerful as 16 million PCs to decipher the images. This is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA...

Explore The Solar System: 360 Degree Interactive Tour

Tour our solar system in a information-packed, beautifully-animated way, with this 360 Degree Interactive Tour from Crash Course, Thought Café, and Crash Course Astronomy host Phil Plait. Grab your Cardboard VR kit, o...

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...

What Does Earth Look Like From Space? An Astronaut’s Perspective

What does Earth look like from space? Perhaps it's easy to take that view for granted if you've watched enough videos... but just imagine for a moment that you are watching it from a small window in a house-sized vehi...

Why Isn’t It Faster To Fly West? – Minute Physics

When you think about how the Earth rotates -- to the east -- it would seem to make sense that a plane flying west would meet its destination sooner... after all, isn't the planet is spinning toward the plane? In fact,...

Solar Wind Strips Martian Atmosphere – NASA Goddard

In 2014, NASA's MAVEN (Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution mission) spacecraft measured the speed and direction of ions escaping from Mars. The data collected as it orbited the Red Planet is visualized in this NASA...

The Rosetta Mission Asks, “How Did Our Solar System Form?”

How does studying Comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko start to shed light on some of the questions we have about the origins of the universe? For example, how did gas and dust form our solar system? How did we get from st...

Weather vs. Climate + Severe Weather – Crash Course Kids

Weather vs. climate... are they the same thing? In this episode of Crash Course Kids, Sabrina Cruz explains the differences: Weather refers to the day to day conditions of where you are on the planet. Climate refers t...

Exploring Space with Shape-Shifting Robots

Can a "skwishy" baby toy help inform how next generation robots explore other worlds? Vytas SunSpiral's team at NASA Ames Research Center joined forces with Alice Agogino's Mechanical Engineering lab at UC Berkeley to...

Building the solar system to scale in the Nevada desert

"Every single picture of the solar system that we ever encounter is not to scale. If you put the orbits to scale on a piece of paper, the planets become microscopic and you won't be able to see them. There is literall...

The Basics of Freshwater + Water, Water, Everywhere?

With around 326,000,000,000,000,000,000 gallons (326 million trillion gallons) of water on Earth, covering 71% of the Earth's surface, you'd think it would always be easy to find water we can drink. In fact, only arou...

Fast and Light to Pluto – The New Horizons spacecraft’s flyby

From The New York Times' Out There series, get a deeper understanding of the New Horizons spacecraft's mission, history, and July 14, 2015 flyby of Pluto, a historic and illuminating glance at the last of our solar sy...

Space X’s Falcon 9 falls back to Earth to The Blue Danube

To the tune of Johann Strauss II's Blue Danube waltz, Space X's Falcon 9 falls majestically back to Earth in real time. Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket that transports satellites into orbit, and powers the Dragon space...

How Do Greenhouse Gases Actually Work?

The Earth and the Moon are essentially the same distance from the sun, yet the two rocks have very different surfaces thanks to our Earth's atmosphere. It shields us during the day, and at night, it traps enough heat ...

The Four Spheres (Geo, Bio, Hydro, & Atmo) with Crash Course Kids

The ground or geo-sphere, water or hydro-sphere, air or atmo-sphere, and life or bio-sphere: Earth and everything on it can be organized into these four distinct yet interconnected subsystems. Knowing more about each ...

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