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Astronomy

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Earth and Space Coloring Book

Earth and Space Coloring Book

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.

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.

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Ancestral Nights

Ancestral Nights

We love the perspectives in the latest vid from Harun Mehmedinovic and Gavin Heffernan of the Skyglow Project. Here, they offer a glimpse into what our evenings might have been like if we had lived with the ancient Anasazi. Bonus: an appearance at 1:03 by something bloody good.

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.”

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

A Year Along the Geostationary Orbit

Filmmaker Felix Deirich used data and imagery from Japan’s Himawari-8 meteorological satellite to produce a truly hypnotic time-lapse film of the Earth, captured over the course of a year. Watch in awe as clouds swirl, and storm systems materialize and move across the globe.

Acme Globes

Acme Globes

Acme Globes’ sweet spherical maps roll smoothly in any direction on ball bearings integrated in a handmade cork or birch base. Magnets at the poles allow it to spin on its axis like a regular globe too. Each 14.75″ globe features a map of the stars on the inside, and Kickstarter backers get a bonus 4″ moon globe.

Planetary Blocks

Planetary Blocks

The always awesome Chop Shop Store teamed up with The Planetary Society to create 20 wooden blocks, each featuring a planet, dwarf planet, or moon from our solar system, and printed with useful data. They’re also offering space-themed add-ons like posters, tees, and stickers.

Polaris Enamelware

Polaris Enamelware

Best Made Co. and illustrator Ross MacDonald present a limited-edition series of enamel-coated steel dinnerware, featuring a rich blue backdrop and constellation imagery, inspired by the night sky while camping out. Available in mugs, plates, and bowls, each sold in sets of two.

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt: Strange Stars Explained

Kurzgesagt takes on one of the most bizarre and terrifying objects in the universe: neutron stars. Formed when certain giant stars collapse, neutron stars are made of strange matter, which are theoretically “perfectly stable.” And that’s where Physics and English disagree.

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 Brian Cox, Carl Sagan, and David Attenborough.

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.

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.

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.

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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

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

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

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.

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.

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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.

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

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

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.

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