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How the Aurora Borealis is created

Produced by forskning.no in collaboration with the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo, this is a brilliantly simple explainer about How the Aurora Borealis is created.

Mars Science Laboratory (Curiosity Rover) Mission Animation

This might be my favorite set of videos. From JPLNews, which has absolutely amazing videos about building Curiosity, as well as videos about asteroid exploration and other less publicized missions — this is a co...

A View from the Edge: Our sun is just another star

"Here on Earth, the sun appears as a giant ball of light in the sky. But how does the sun look from other planets in the solar system that are billions of kilometers away? " We really love this video. Moving toward...

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 —...

Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds from Western Australia

There’s no sound and it’s short. But it’s sweet and should be watched full screen: Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds from Western Australia, by Colin Legg. Watch more videos by Colin Legg on t...

The Sagan Series: The Frontier Is Everywhere

This is not a NASA video. It’s a fan-made video by Reid Gower, who wanted to illustrate how NASA could better-communicate their mission through social media: "In all of their brilliance, NASA seems to have forgo...

The Astronaut’s Guide To Life In Space

Yoyos, paper air planes and spinning bananas. Learn about astronauts’ life in space as they goof off in zero gravity (80s-style). From NPR.  Thanks, Lacey.

Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) Images of Apollo landing sites

From NASA this morning:  Just Released: Lunar landing sites for Apollo 12, 14, 17 as you’ve never seen them before! Though they’re not up close, the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has taken sharp enoug...

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...

Time lapse night view from the International Space Station

A time-lapse night view from the front of the International Space Station as it orbits Earth.  This movie begins over the Pacific Ocean and continues over North and South America before entering daylight near Antar...

The Bolshoi Simulation (2011)

The Bolshoi Simulation is the most accurate large-scale visualization/ simulation of the universe that exists (2011). It’s mapped everything that we know of, and a lot of what we don’...

Tour of the Moon (our One and Only)

“There it is. Our moon. Our one and only.” A tour of the moon, based on data from NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter. — Simple and beautiful. I wish there was a video...

Earth: Seen from ISS expeditions 28 and 29 (2011)

This video might seem like déjà vu — you’ve seen something like it before — but this one is so much more stunning! Be sure to watch it HD full screen.  This new (or newly edited?) video was shot ...

Mars in a Minute – How Do You Get to Mars?

Tomorrow morning, the phenomenal Mars Rover Curiosity will be launching into space at 10:02am EST. The 2000 pound robot is expected to land on Mars in August 2012, initially entering the atm...

Mars Curiosity’s Launch: November 26, 2011

“I HAVE LIFTOFF!" - @MarsCuriosity, 10:02am EST.

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...

Night Time Lapse of Comet Lovejoy

Night Time Lapse of Comet Lovejoy (C/2011 W3) rising above the Andes near Santiago de Chile, 23rd December 2011, just before sunrise. Set of 4 sequences taken with different lenses “...

Fly around the International Space Station in this animation

From the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, a unique perspective on our sci-fi-come-true living quarters in orbit: This fly around of the International Space Station (ISS) is displayed in the...

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