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Astronomy

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

Nissan Navara Dark Sky Concept

Nissan’s UK division worked with the European Space Agency (ESA) to build this special Navara pickup, which tows an observatory-grade telescope to the darkest corners of the planet, providing amazing views of the night skies anywhere the truck can go.

Stellar Nurseries

Stellar Nurseries

The eye-popping visuals in Teun van der Zalm’s short film were inspired by a term astrophysicist Carl Sagan coined. “…a place where stars are born. They condense by gravity from gas and dust until their temperatures become so high that they begin to shine.”

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A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

A Timelapse of the Entire Universe

We usually tune in to Melodysheep’s YouTube channel to listen to his songs, but this time, he’s brought us something even more compelling – a 10-minute review of the last 13.8 billion years, with narration by Morgan Freeman, Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

7-Year Solar Time-lapse

NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory has been capturing high-def images of our sun for more than 7 years. Here’s footage captured by two of their systems – the larger one showing visible light, the smaller one showing extreme UV light, and the line graph displays sunspot activity.

Star Size Comparison

Star Size Comparison

Don’t feel small and insignificant enough today? Here, watch this. 3D graphics expert Álvaro Gracia Montoya of MetaBallStudio puts the size of the Earth and our Sun into perspective alongside some of the other stars and planets in the universe.

Earth and Space Coloring Book

Earth and Space Coloring Book
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Want a real coloring challenge? Grab this book which features 35 amazing full-color images captured by NASA, side-by-side with coloring outlines based on the photos. Grab a set of two-tone space colored pencils and you’ve got a great gift for any astronomy fan.

Earthrise

Earthrise

Captured by astronaut Bill Anders during the Apollo 8 mission in 1968, Earthrise is not only one of the most iconic photos of all time, but it was the first time humanity was able to see our planet from a distance, providing a humbling sense of our place in the universe.

What Is a Moon?

What Is a Moon?

MinuteEarth teamed up with their sister channel MinutePhysics to dig into how astronomers define something as a “moon,” and how we probably need to have better size and movement parameters before every random speck of space dust is called the same thing.

Solar System Sphere

Solar System Sphere
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Carry our complete solar system in the palm of your hand with this cool crystal ball. The 3-inch sphere has 8 tiny planets and our Sun 3D engraved inside. Sadly, Pluto isn’t along for the ride. Includes a wooden display stand.

Voyage of Time (Trailer)

Voyage of Time (Trailer)

Terence Malick’s long awaited documentary about the birth and death of the universe. Voyage of Time will have two versions: a 40-minute cut narrated by Brad Pitt, and a feature length – and undoubtedly more epic – cut narrated by Cate Blanchett. Premieres 10/2016.

MOON Lunar Globe

MOON Lunar Globe
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A scientifically accurate 1:20M scale model of the Moon with a light ring that simulates sunlight. You can make the light ring revolve manually or choose from one of two automatic modes: a 30s cycle or a real-time cycle that starts with the current lunar phase.

Universe Sandbox ²

Universe Sandbox ²
$25  Buy Link Comment

While it’s still in Steam Early Access Alpha, this physics-based space simulator is still incredibly impressive, with the ability to create your own planets and universes, then play god with gravity, climate, and even collisions to wreak havoc on your worlds.

The Fermi Paradox Pt. II

The Fermi Paradox Pt. II

After explaining the basics of the Fermi Paradox, Kurzgesagt concludes its discussion by expounding on a few possible reasons as to why, assuming they do exist, we haven’t encountered any aliens yet.

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Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

Suit Up: 50 Years of Spacewalks

“When I opened the hatch, I had the whole universe in front of me.” NASA’s documentary looks at the history and future of spacewalks, from Alexey Leonov’s pioneering spacewalk in 1965 to the plans to explore Mars.

The Fermi Paradox

The Fermi Paradox

Despite the potential, why is it that we’ve never run into aliens? Is it really possible we’re the only life forms? Kurzgesagt looks at the many reasons why we have yet to find anyone else out there. Basically, it’s just really hard to make life.

Hubble Fly-Through

Hubble Fly-Through

A mesmerizing fly-through visualization of brilliantly colorful gasses of nebula Gum 29 and star cluster Westerlund 2 inspired by the incredible 25th anniversary image captured by the Hubble Space Telescope.

Ride the Sky

Ride the Sky

Photographer Lance Page creates a unique (and literal) spin on the astronomical time-lapse film, by synchronizing the movement of his camera with the position of the North Star, reminding us that it’s the Earth that’s turning, not the stars.

Misconceptions About the Universe

Misconceptions About the Universe

To infinity and beyond! Veritasium’s Derek Muller looks at the nature of our ever-expanding universe, how space itself moves faster than the speed of light, and how the universe is dramatically larger in light years than its age.

The Galactic Center

The Galactic Center

A stunning time-lapse movie captured by Stéphane Guisard using fish-eye images from Chile’s Paranal Observatory, providing us with a beautiful view of two neighboring galaxies, and the galactic center of the Milky Way.

Transit of Venus: Up Close

Transit of Venus: Up Close

If you missed the once (or twice)-in-a-lifetime Transit of Venus in front of the Sun, here’s the best view ever, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory, captured in glorious high-def.

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How to Measure the Universe

How to Measure the Universe

Why not take a break from wasting time on the internet and learn something? The Royal Observatory Greenwich explains the geometry, math, and optics used to measure objects in space.

NUIverse

NUIverse

Dr. David Brown gives an in-depth demonstration of the amazing NUIverse astronomy application he designed for the latest Microsoft Surface. It puts the cosmos at your fingertips like never before.

“Romantic” Star Projector

“Romantic” Star Projector
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What’s so romantic about a star projector? Oh. Right. Still, you don’t really need a cuddle-buddy to appreciate this DIY astro-projector with a rotating base and compass point allignments.

Glow in the Dark Star Map

Glow in the Dark Star Map
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Scott Benson’s beautiful illustrated constellation map of the northern hemisphere is also a glow in the dark screenprint. It was inspired by the Nat Geo star chart he had in his bedroom as a child.

Scale

Scale

Ever wondered just how big other planets are? Take a minute out of your day to watch Brad Goodspeed’s short video, which gives us a sense of scale by placing planets into orbit around Earth.

Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse

Lunar Eclipse Time-Lapse

If you happened to be asleep in the wee hours on 12/21, you missed a rare Winter Solstice lunar eclipse. William Castleman shot this incredible footage as our moon turned red for a brief time.

Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse

Aurora Borealis Time-Lapse

Tor Even Mathisen used a Canon EOS 5D mark II with a Canon 16-35mm f/2.8L II to create this wonderful time-lapse of the Aurora Borealis dancing over the night sky of Tromsø, Norway.

Moon Games

Moon Games

We’re enjoying this whimsical photography series created by landscape astrophotographer and astronomy journalist Laurent Laveder. These pieces are part of his project titled Moon Games.

Earth from Space

Earth from Space

Shot by Don Pettit on the International Space Station, this stunning time-lapse view of our humble planet captures the Northern Lights in the sky as tiny dots from cities at night whir by below.

R2-D2 Observatory

R2-D2 Observatory

Students at Minnesota’s Carleton College decided to dress up their campus observatory in the largest R2-D2 costume we’ve ever seen. C-3PO was nowhere to be found on campus.

Citizen Astrodea Watch

Citizen Astrodea Watch
$500+  Buy Comment

You’ll need a 10x magnifying glass to use Citizen’s Astrodea watches, but it’s mana from the starry heavens for astronomers: it features 1,109 stars that slowly spin in real time.

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