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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.

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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.

“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.

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.

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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

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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