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A microgravity demo in the Willis Tower Skydeck elevator

The next time you ride an elevator down 103 floors, take a scale with you, because you might want to try this microgravity experiment: In collaboration with Willis Tower, Kevin from the Museum of Science and Industry,...

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...

What Gives the Morpho Butterfly Its Magnificent Blue? – Deep Look

What does it mean to be blue? Let's look deep into something called structural coloration, the physics of light, and how it's possible that the Morpho butterfly's wings appear to be blue, despite their containing no b...

Eva Szasz’s Cosmic Zoom (1968)

From director Eva Szasz and the National Film Board of Canada, Cosmic Zoom (1968) is a wordless journey that attempts to demonstrate the scale of the universe. Beginning with a boy boating on the Ottawa River, we trav...

Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth

When we wake up, eat breakfast, get ready for school or work, and head out the door, we may not be thinking about how unique our small, wet rock of a planet is. But the Earth is unique, and we're always happy to happe...

How Big is the Moon? A Kurzgesagt visualization

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

What would the moon look like if it was as close as the ISS?

What would the moon look like if it was at the same distance from Earth as the International Space Station? (That’s 240-ish miles above our planet instead of its usual 238,900 miles awa...

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...

Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore?

Why isn’t Pluto a planet anymore? C.P. Grey gives a great animated explanation, with a bit of history and a lot of information about the scale and relationships of the types of planets (...

Veritasium: How Far Away is the Moon?

Veritasium's Derek Muller asks and answers: How Far Away is the Moon? (The Scale of the Universe) It takes the moon about 27 days to orbit the Earth. What makes it go round? It is the g...

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale

Bobby McFerrin demonstrates the power of the pentatonic scale, using audience participation, at the event “Notes & Neurons: In Search of the Common Chorus”, from the 2009 ...

Charles and Ray Eames’ Powers of Ten (1977)

Powers of Ten, written and directed by Charles and Ray Eames, was first released in 1968 and later re-released in 1977. From Powersof10.com: Powers of Ten takes us on an adventure in magnitudes. Starting at a picn...

Planet and star size comparisons from smaller to larger

This isn’t a pro-made video, but it’s one of the kiddo's favorites. He likes how clearly it illustrates the planets in order of size, from small to larger, including some of the largest-known stars —...


 
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