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How can we know anything about distant exoplanets?

How can we know the size, composition, and atmospheric makeup of distant exoplanets? NASA explains the details in this Alien Atmospheres video.  By observing periodic variations in the pare...

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.

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...

Night Wanderers: Asteroid 2012 DA 14 passing Earth (February 2013)

Night Wanderers, captured by space and time-lapse enthusiast Colin Legg. As you may have heard, the asteroid 2012 DA14 silently glided past Earth on Friday, Feb. 15, 2013. Observations us...

Further Up Yonder: A Message From ISS To All Humankind

Further Up Yonder: A Message From ISS To All Humankind by film student Giacomo Sardelli, using images and audio messages courtesy of NASA. The video’s transcript:  As the most forward...

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...

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

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...

What is a Shooting Star? – They Might Be Giants

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&#...

The Violent End Stage of Star Formation

With gradient colors and radiating patterns, the incredible images from the Hubble Telescope can often seem tranquil, but this SpaceRip video from the European Southern Observatory's ESOcast reveals what's really happ...

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 ...

Waitomo Glowworm Caves – Life in the Undergrowth

What a beautiful trap! These glow worms make a sparkling net on the cave ceiling, perfect for catching flying insects, in this Sir David Attenborough-narrated clip from the BBC's Planet Earth: Caves and/or Life in the...

Landscapes – Exploring Arizona and Utah in time lapse

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’...