Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Al Jarnow’s Cosmic Clock (1979)

Watch more with these video collections:

A billion years pass in under two minutes, this classic Al Jarnow animation from 3-2-1 Contact in 1979 visualizes the passage of time for all ages: Cosmic Clock.

From the early 1970s through the 1990s, Jarnow made films for various Children’s Television Workshop programs including 3-2-1 Contact, Electric Company, and Sesame Street, as well as a variety of other experimental projects. He is a painter, educator, museum designer, and software developer.

stopwatch
in winter
In the archives: Watch more Al Jarnow on this site, or in this DVD compilation of his work: Celestial Navigations: Short Films of Al Jarnow.

Thanks, @tommertron.


This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Animated with T-Shirts: 200 people celebrate 20 years of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Rion Nakaya

How to draw yourself as a Peanuts character

Rion Nakaya

Balance (1989), an Academy Award-winning stop-motion short

Rion Nakaya

Google Earth Timelapse 1984 to 2020: Documenting changes to our planet

Rion Nakaya

0 to 100 years in Brazil

Rion Nakaya

Japan’s 72 Micro-Seasons of Impermanence

Rion Nakaya

Shorelines, a 1977 stop-motion short by Al Jarnow

Rion Nakaya

The Story Of King Midas, a stop-motion classic by Ray Harryhausen (1953)

Rion Nakaya

Natural History Museum, a future imagined by Kirsten Lepore

Rion Nakaya