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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...

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...

Paper Plane by Massimo Giangrande

Paper Plane, a song by Massimo Giangrande. Video directed and animated by Gianluca Maruotti, and illustrated by Felicita Sala. Next, watch this lovely behind the scenes video about how they put it all together: 

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 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:  ...

The Hubble Ultra Deep Field in 3D

In 1996, and again in 2004, astronomers pointed the Hubble Telescope at what seemed to be completely empty patches of sky — no planets, stars, or galaxies that we could see. What would w...

The Kibo Robot Project

This Feb 2013 promo video for the Kibo Robot Project really builds the excitement for having a 13.4 inch tall robot astronaut in space… just in case that didn’t already sound exciting. (Turn on the transla...

Departing Earth, a view from Messenger Spacecraft (2005)

On its way to Mercury in August, 2005, eight years ago, Messenger Spacecraft took 358 images with its wide-angle camera over 24 hours, one Earth rotation. The images were brought together in this 13 second time lapse...

Around Saturn

Selecting over 200,000 photos from Cassini–Huygens' eight years of image-taking, Fabio Di Donato animates Around Saturn to Jazz Suite No.2: VI. Waltz 2 by Dmitri Shostakovich. The Cassini program is an internationa...

Astronaut Karen Nyberg: washing long hair in space

Mechanical engineer and NASA astronaut Dr. Karen Nyberg picks up by demonstrating another of life’s daily details in microgravity. In this video, she shows us how she washes her long hair on the International ...

Tested: How Astronauts Put on Space Suits

We love tours of amazing things, and in How Astronauts Put on Space Suits, Norm from Tested really delivers on that front. With the help of Terry Dunn, Training Operations Manager of the Neu...

Illustrated Aliens: Planet Four

This planet of robots have found harmony and great appreciation for the beauty and magnificence of their existence. This is Planet Four from Andy Martin’s Illustrated Aliens project. You can find the videos all ...

Meomi’s Eye to the Sky

Eye to the Sky by Meomi, a music video for the season 2 “Space” episode of Yo Gabba Gabba. Watch more made-for-kids videos. via Kiddley.

Andy Martin’s Illustrated Aliens: Planet One

Animation Director Andy Martin has been creating an alien a day at his Tumblr, Illustrated Aliens, and then uses those illustrations to help compose a monthly animated short about what their ...

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 ...