Awesome Astronomy

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.

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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.

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
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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.

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
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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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