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On Light Pollution: The End of Darkness

What is it like to be really in the dark? Not the dark of your closet, or the dark of your room at night, but the deep darkness of there being no electricity for miles and miles around you. If there was no light pollu...

The Blind Astronomer of Nova Scotia

Tim Doucette is legally blind, yet he sees the stars better than most people. A childhood diagnosis of congenital cataracts forced doctors to remove Doucette's lenses and widen his pupils. That left the amateur astron...

Why every picture of a black hole is an illustration – Vox

No one has ever seen a black hole. There have been illustrations and computer simulations, but not even astronomers have seen a black hole... yet. In the spring of 2017, we might see... something. As a part of...

ALMA, a telescope so powerful it can see into the past

There’s a telescope deep in Chile’s Atacama Desert that takes pictures so massive that it requires a supercomputer as powerful as 16 million PCs to decipher the images. This is the Atacama Large Millimeter Array (ALMA...

Evidence of a Ninth Planet

Thanks to mathematical modeling and computer simulations by CalTech researchers Konstantin Batygin and Mike Brown, we now have strong evidence that there's a large planet -- about 10x Earth's size -- orbiting in an ex...

DISHDANCE, a time lapse for The Skyglow Project

Created for The Skyglow Project, an astrophotography book and time lapse series by Gavin Heffernan and Harun Mehmedinovic, DISHDANCE observes massive radio telescopes during the day and night. The project also capture...

Why Do We Put Telescopes in Space? – MinutePhysics

If we have excellent telescopes here on Earth, why is it so important to put telescopes like the Hubble Space Telescope into space? This MinutePhysics video explains the challenges of being an earthbound telescope, fr...

Taking the very first picture of a black hole – Black Hole Hunters

From the excellent Out There series from The New York Times: Black Hole Hunters, the story of the Earth-sized array of observation stations synchronized to capture Sagittarius A*, the astronomical radio source at the ...

An Object at Rest: A stone’s adventure through time

An Object at Rest is Seth Boyden's final thesis film at CalArts. He writes: This year's story follows the life of a stone as he travels over the course of millions of years, facing nature's greatest obstacle: human...

How Many Stars Are There? – It’s Okay to Be Smart

How many stars can our eyes see on a dark night? How many stars can we see with something even more powerful than our eyes? How many stars exist?? And how are grains of sand a part of this?! Joe Hanson and PBS Digital...

The largest, sharpest image ever taken of the Andromeda Galaxy

Thanks to the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, enjoy this "fly through" of the largest and most detailed image ever taken of the Andromeda galaxy. This 4K video by YouTuber Daveachuk explores just one third of the...

How do we study the stars & measure extreme distances in space?

How can we know so much about other galaxies? What are they made of? How big are they? How far away are they from Earth? "Want to know the secrets of the universe? Just follow the light." These two TED Eds fro...

First Evidence for Water Ice Clouds Found Outside Solar System

Take a (peacefully quiet) tour through and beyond our solar system to visit a neighboring brown dwarf -- a sort of failed star that's too large to be called a planet -- called W0855. A team of scientists, led by Carne...

Why are Stars Star-Shaped? – Minute Physics

If we know that stars are massive spheres of hot gases, then why do we draw them with lots of twinkly points? Why doesn't "star-shaped" mean a round shape? The answer: We see stars as pointy (and so does the Hubble Sp...

Watch a time lapse sunset through a solar telescope

Seeing the sun set can already be a breathtaking experience, but observing the sun with a solar telescope reveals incredible details — such as sunspots and solar filaments — that we could never safely see ...

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...

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 at the Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama Desert of Chile....

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...

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