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Apollo 16 @ 60fps

Apollo 16 @ 60fps

The 16mm footage that astronauts shot on the moon back in the early 1970s was only 12 frames per second, resulting in jittery images. Using modern technology, Dutch Steam Machine interpolated frames to 60 frames per second, resulting in smooth video that’s likely more representative of what the astronauts saw.

Which Planet is Closest?

Which Planet is Closest?

We all learned the positions of the planets from some chart on the wall in grade school. But as CGP Grey reminds us, planets rotate in elliptical orbits at varying speeds around the sun, meaning that the answer isn’t quite as simple as you thought – depending on the question you’re actually asking.

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Rocket Fuel Tank Explosion

Rocket Fuel Tank Explosion

As NASA engineers work on the Space Launch System (SLS) it will use for its Artemis lunar missions, they must perform extreme tests to determine its structural limits. In this short video, they intentionally squeezed this liquid oxygen tank with millions of pounds of force until it burst, sending water everywhere.

A Decade of Sun

A Decade of Sun

Since 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured more than 425 million images of the Sun, with a still recorded once every 0.75 seconds. By grabbing one of these pictures from each hour, this time-lapse video condenses 10 years of footage down to just 61 minutes. Put on your sunglasses, sit back, and relax.

NASA’s Guide to Black Hole Safety

NASA’s Guide to Black Hole Safety

After seeing the Disney flick The Black Hole, we already were pretty cautious about visiting such an astrophysics phenomenon. But this clip from NASA Goddard provides significantly more scientific reasons you’d never want to get close to one.

Over the Moon (Trailer)

Over the Moon (Trailer)

Obsessed with a legend about a woman who lives on the moon, a young girl becomes determined to build her own rocket to prove that the myth is true. The trailer for this upcoming animated film gives away too much, but our curiosity is piqued. From award-winning filmmaker Glen Keane. Coming to Netflix Fall 2020.

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

AstroReality 3D Pixel Earth

Calling occupants of Planet Earth! This fun kit lets you build a pixelated 3D model of our globe using 1338 tiny bricks. The resulting planet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hands, and will look great sitting on your desk or bookshelf. Just don’t let the dog get ahold of it, or you’ll have a tiny armageddon on your hands.

Solar Storms vs. Civilization

Solar Storms vs. Civilization

Solar flares and coronal mass ejections are frequent occurrences on the Sun. Some have been known to disrupt radio waves, but could they actually cause damage? Kurzgesagt stares directly into the Sun to educate us on solar storms, why they occur, and if a strong enough super storm could actually wipe out civilization.

Red Planet Rise

Red Planet Rise

Filmmaker Seán Doran poured through mountains of images and data captured by the HiRISE camera system on board the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter to create this incredibly detailed black-and-white rendering of the planet’s surface, showing off details of Mars’ cratered and rocky surface like we’ve never seen it before.

Laser-Cut Orrery

Laser-Cut Orrery

Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. From Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff for sale.

Dual Universe: Overview Trailer

Dual Universe: Overview Trailer

This upcoming MMO invites players around the globe to build and explore a shared, persistent, and fully-editable universe. You can craft structures and spaceships, and buy, sell, and trade creations. Beyond its civilization-building, players can participate in space combat ranging from one-on-one dogfights to massive battles.

Full Moon Silver Coins

Full Moon Silver Coins

Put the moon in the palm of your hand with Shire Post Mint’s lovely lunar memento. Each coin features engraved detail of the near and far sides of the moon, struck into solid 999 fine silver. Available in 1″ (.25 troy oz.) and 1.5″ (1 troy oz.) sizes. Why can’t real currency look this awesome?

If Rockets Were Transparent

If Rockets Were Transparent

We used to play with those see-through water-powered rockets. Now, Haze Gray Art envisions what the Saturn V, Space Shuttle, Falcon Heavy, and the Space Launch System might look like if you could see inside of their fuel tanks during lift-off. The red is RP-1 kerosene, the orange is liquid hydrogen, and the blue is liquid oxygen.

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Sun Dance

Sun Dance

Filmmaker Seán Doran processed about a week’s worth of data captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory to create this awe-inspiring UHD video of the Sun’s activity. Max out the resolution, go full screen, dim the lights, and crank up the audio for a truly hypnotic journey to our Solar System’s number one life-giver.

Your Body in Space

Your Body in Space

Science fiction movies love to depict all sorts of nasty consequences of being sucked out into space. But what would really happen if you managed to slip out of your spaceship without a spacesuit on? The Infographics Show does their best to explain the unpleasant repercussions.

The Secret History of the Moon

The Secret History of the Moon

Have you ever wondered where our moon came from? Melodysheep’s captivating short film explores some of most noteworthy theories of its origin, each hypothesized because of similarities between lunar rocks and elements found here on Earth. Narrated by planetary scientist Dr. Sarah T. Stewart.

Relative Rotations of Planets

Relative Rotations of Planets

Dr. James O’Donoghue posts all kinds of informative motion graphics on his YouTube channel. Here, he stacked slices of the Solar System’s planets to show how their rotational speeds vary. You can view it flat, or projected onto a sphere. He’s also got a version that accounts for for differences in rotational direction.

Chris Hadfield Reviews Space Movies

Chris Hadfield Reviews Space Movies

We all know that science fiction takes its share of liberties with its depiction of what life is like in space. In this clip from Vanity Fair, astronaut Chris Hadfield shares his thoughts on what movies like Gravity, Armageddon, The Martian, and Interstellar got right and wrong.

How to Make a Moon

How to Make a Moon

Want a cool replica of the moon for your desk? Check out this clip from How to, who shows us how you can use a plastic sphere, candle wax, sandpaper, and paint to cast and sculpt a nifty, textured lunar model. We suppose if you stuck a wick in it, you could make a moon candle.

Moon Coasters

Moon Coasters

Enjoy a journey to the moon every time you take a sip, with these cool ceramic coasters. They’re ceramic, so they’re absorbent, and feature durable, UV-printed images of the lunar surface. Sold in a set of four. Check out CatchtheBug’s Etsy shop for many more artful coaster designs.

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Mars 1.8 Billion Pixel Panorama

Mars 1.8 Billion Pixel Panorama

At the end of November 2019, NASA’s Curiosity rover captured a series of over 1,000 images which were used to create its highest-resolution panorama of Mars yet. The telephoto version without the rover in the image has over 1.8 Billion pixels for you to zoom in on, while the medium angle one with the rover has 650 million pixels.

Analog Sky Space Binoculars

Analog Sky Space Binoculars

This kit lets you view the night sky not with one eye, but two, for sharper, brighter, and more comfortable stargazing. It can be ordered as plans only, optics and hardware only, as a BYO 3D printing kit, or a kit with pre-printed parts. In 2022, they’ll also open source the build plans. There’s also a large, assembled model, but it’s much pricier.

The Moon in 4K

The Moon in 4K

Using data captured by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter, NASA was able to replicate the view that Apollo 13 astronauts saw on the far side of the moon back in 1970, but in razor-sharp 4K resolution. There are a variety of views depicted, including the trajectory of the astronauts as they came around the moon.

The Moon is a Door to Forever

The Moon is a Door to Forever

Amateur philosopher and space enthusiast exurb1a reminisces about the history of lunar exploration, from the Apollo missions through NASA’s plans to return to the moon in the 21st century. Along the way, you’ll learn a thing or two about the moon’s origins, its relationship to Earth, and more.

Asteroid Size Comparison

Asteroid Size Comparison

The earth gets pelted by small meteorites on a regular basis, but bigger bits of asteroids breaking through are far less common. MetaBallStudios does their best to give us a sense just how big some of these space rocks can be, standing them besides the skyscrapers of NYC for comparison.

Beoplay A9 Blue Moon Speaker

Beoplay A9 Blue Moon Speaker

Luxury electronics maker Bang & Olufsen presents a special edition of its Beoplay A9 living room speaker. Designed in collaboration with pop artist Daniel Arsham, this model takes advantage of its circular shape, replacing the solid color face with an image inspired by the artist’s cratered blue moon globe.

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