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Juno: Piercing Jupiter’s Clouds

For the last five years, a spacecraft named Juno has traveled across 1.8 billion miles (2.8 billion kilometers) to arrive at the planet Jupiter. It will be a historic arrival that culminates in a critical sequence of ...

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...

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...

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...

Lunar Eclipses Explained + Does The Moon Really Orbit The Earth?

"As bright as the moon looks in the night sky, what we're really seeing is sunlight, and the percent of its face that's illuminated depends on where it is in relation to the Earth. At the point in its orbit when the m...

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...

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...

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...

Wanderers: Humanity’s Future Expansion into the Solar System

With narration by Carl Sagan, borrowed from an audio recording of his 1994 book Pale Blue Dot: A Vision of the Human Future in Space, this is Wanderers, a bold science fiction short by digital artist and animator Erik...

The Captured Ice Moon: Voyager 2 and Neptune’s moon Triton

As NASA looks toward the New Horizons probe's July 2015 rendezvous with dwarf planet Pluto and its five known moons, they are also reviewing Voyager 2 data collected on the 1989 flyby of Neptune's moon Triton, seen he...

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...

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 ...

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...

Make your own Fabric of the Cosmos demo

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...

Build your own 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...

The Top 5 Places to Look for Alien Life

Where might we find life in our solar system? Via skeptv, Scientific American Space Lab has a countdown for that: Top 5 Places to Look for Alien Life. Bonus — the video comes with additional reading material:  ...

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