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NASA: Computer Model Shows a Disk Galaxy’s Life History

This cosmological simulation follows the development of a single disk galaxy over about 13.5 billion years, from shortly after the Big Bang to the present time. Colors indicate old stars (r...

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...

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&#...

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...

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: We Are the Explorers

Why do we explore? Simply, it is part of who we are, something we’ve done throughout history. NASA’s new video, “We Are the Explorers,” looks at that tradition of reach...

How our Earth and solar system were formed

How our Earth and solar system were formed, from The Universe With Stephen Hawking - The Story of Everything. (Narrated by Stephen Hawking and Benedict Cumberbatch.)

AMNH: The Known Universe

The Known Universe takes viewers from the Himalayas through our atmosphere and the inky black of space to the afterglow of the Big Bang. Every star, planet, and quasar seen in the film is...

The last five, wonder-filled minutes of Extreme Stars

You’re made of carbon, you’re made of oxygen, there’s iron in your blood. All of those things had to be generated inside the core of a star. There’s no other way to get them. So when you ...

BBC Planet Earth: Glow Worms

What a beautiful trap! These glow worms make a sparkling net on the cave ceiling, perfect for catching flying insects, in this clip from the BBC's Planet Earth: Caves. From Wikipedia:  Arachnocampa is a genus of fo...

Landscapes: Exploring Arizona and Utah

Landscapes: Volume Two — the second of three, with notes here — features stunning images of Arizona and Utah, including time lapse skies filled with stars. Via @brainpicker. 

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’...

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.

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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