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NASA SDO: Venus crossing in front of the sun

Did you catch the Solar Dynamics Observatory’s videos of Venus crossing in front of the sun?  On June 5 2012, SDO collected images of the rarest predictable solar event—the ...

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 (...

SpaceX: Falcon 9 & Dragon launch on a mission to the ISS

Early this morning at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, SpaceX launched the first ever private spacecraft — the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket — to the International Space Station on an unmanned missio...

Royal Observatory, Greenwich: How do we measure the universe?

From the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, Measuring the Universe! So how exactly do we measure things that are incredibly far away? Positioning over time, light, and math, math, math! This video contains a lot of informa...

Science Friday: A Spacesuit Ballet

From Science Friday, behold A Spacesuit Ballet:  Of the suit he wore on the moon, Neil Armstrong wrote, “it was tough, reliable, and almost cuddly.” But that cuddly suit, made b...

Planetary Resources: Asteroid Mining Mission Revealed

Watching this Planetary Resources video about their mission to near-Earth asteroids makes me feel like I’m watching a made-up video from a movie set in the future. But once again, the fu...

Outer Space: sequences from NASA’s Cassini and Voyager missions

Using image sequences from NASA’s Cassini Solstice and Voyager missions, filmmaker Sander van den Berg has illuminated Saturn and its rings, Jupiter, moons, space and a bunch of other stuff....

The Kepler Mission and a Primer on How We Find Exoplanets

The California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco has created a primer on NASA’s Kepler Mission. Kepler has found over 1200 planet candidates, 54 of them in the habitable or “Gol...

They Might Be Giants: What is a Shooting Star?

One of the kiddo’s favorite songs from They Might Be Giants’ Here Comes Science — after , of course — here comes What is a Shooting Star? (Hint: A shooting star is not a star, it&#...

Raw Footage of Jupiter from Voyager 1 (1979)

This raw movie footage was taken by the Voyager 1 spacecraft as it raced towards Jupiter in February 1979. Clearly visible is the constantly changing attitude of Voyager’s scan plat...

EsoCast: The Violent End Stage of Star Formation

EsoCast showcases a new Hubble image of a giant cloud of hydrogen gas illuminated by a bright young star. The image shows how violent the end stages of the star formation process can be, wit...

Riding a Space Shuttle Booster with enhanced sound

From the upcoming Special Edition Ascent: Commemorating Space Shuttle DVD/BluRay a movie from the point of view of the Solid Rocket Booster with sound mixing and enhancement done by the fo...

NASA: A Guided Tour of How the Moon Evolved

It’s another super detailed Moon tour!!! The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter team and the folks at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center bring us more fascinating information about the ...

Space Weather: Storms from the Sun

If the next generation is aware of space weather like we currently check Earth weather, I wouldn’t be surprised. We're already paying attention to solar flares, CMEs (coronal mass ejec...

NASA’s Cassini spacecraft: Flying by Jupiter (2000)

Dive deeper into the amazing images captured by NASA’s Cassini spacecraft, when it flew by Jupiter in 2000, with the team of scientists and amateur astronomers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center:  N...

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: The Most Astounding Fact

Astrophysicist Dr. Neil DeGrasse Tyson was asked by a reader of TIME magazine, “What is the most astounding fact you can share with us about the Universe?” This is his answer. ...

NASA: Our view of the Moon over the entire year

Folks at the NASA GSFC Scientific Visualization Studio created this amazing animation showing our view of the Moon over the entire year of 2012 with time resolution of *one hour*! The tip...

The Sagan Series: The Gift of Apollo

The Sagan Series, the last of Reid Gower's The one above is called The Gift of Apollo.