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Moon Saturn Occultation – 14 May 2014

Moon Saturn Occultation - 14 May 2014, captured 20 km north of Albury, New South Wales in Australia by space enthusiast and photographer Colin Legg. Occultation happens when "one object is hidden by another object tha...

Kurzgesagt: How Big is the Moon Really

How Big is the Moon Really? It might be much bigger (or much smaller) than you'd imagine. Kurzgesagt explains.

Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station

If you’ve ever pretended to be on the Red Planet, you’re not alone. This is Crew 138 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), a team of scientists who are re...

Bill Nye Bikes the Distance Between Planets

Bill Nye The Science Guy bikes down a long road in wide open country to demonstrate a scale model of the solar system – a classic clip. Total distance of his ride to Pluto, back before Pluto ...

Dessin sur sable (sand drawings): Evolution of Earth

The universe, underwater creatures, and great dinosaurs come alive in sand. Dessin sur sable (sand drawings) by Jin Lee: Evolution of Earth. via Daily Picks and Flicks.

The Jules Verne-Themed Sanderson Orrery

An orrery is a mechanical model of the solar system, and The Sanderson Orrery, above, is a beautiful Jules Verne-themed one. It comes complete with a steam engine, a time machine, and a pet dinosaur. The music is Moza...

TED Ed: The Pangaea Pop-up

This papercraft pop-up book illustrates how South America and Africa used to be connected, how the supercontinent Pangaea broke apart 200 million years ago, how the Earth's seven primary tecto...

Fabric of the Cosmos how-to video

this Fabric of the Cosmos how-to video from the 2012 SPS SOCK (Science Outreach Catalyst Kit). Meredith Woy and Melissa Hoffman build the model and then demonstrate orbits, tides, roche limi...

A space-time warping demo for the classroom

Physics Teacher SOS workshop leader Dan Burns demonstrates how he uses stretched spandex lycra, weights, marbles, and gravity in his high school classes to make this impressive space-time wa...

How can we know anything about distant exoplanets?

How can we know the size, composition, and atmospheric makeup of distant exoplanets? NASA explains the details in this Alien Atmospheres video.  By observing periodic variations in the pare...

Minute Physics: What is Sea Level?

Sea Level! What is it and how do scientists calculate it? As it turns out, there are actually many complexities in determining this measurement. For example, Earth isn’t actually a sph...

What did Mars look like 4 billion years ago?

The team at NASA’s Conceptual Image Lab has an idea of what Mars looked like 4 billion years ago based on the existing evidence: Billions of years ago when the Red Planet was young, it appears to have had a t...

Mars Express: a topographic model of Mars

We can now “fly over” topographically accurate landscapes of Mars thanks to Mars Express, the European Space Agency (ESA) mission to explore the red planet. Launched in June 2003...

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 in the southern Atacama Desert of Chile. They will form the Giant Magell...

Sesame Street: That’s about the size

Classic Sesame Street time: That’s about the size.

If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets…

These two classic viral videos by YouTuber yetipc1 illustrate what the planets would look like if they replaced our moon in the sky. Above, daytime, and night below: In the archives, another classic: Star Size Comp...

How does the Earth’s gravity help keep satellites in orbit?

How does the Earth’s gravity help keep satellites in orbit? From the team at This is Real Art, watch this explainer about the physics of orbiting satellites. It’s one in a series o...

The Solar System — our home in space

Take a trip through The Solar System — our home in space in this animation by information designer Philipp Dettmer.

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