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ssc2016-01v1

03.30.16

Possible Lava World (Animation)

This animation shows one possible scenario for the rocky exoplanet 55 Cancri e, nearly two times the size of Earth. N... watch now

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12.10.15

Cool Star Marked by Long-Lived Storm Animation

This animation shows a cool star, called W1906+40, marked by a raging storm near one of its poles. The storm is thoug... watch now

ssc2015-02v1

07.30.15

NASA's Spitzer Confirms Closest Rocky Exoplanet

This animated movie zooms into the location of a newfound planet dubbed HD 219134b -- the closest confirmed rocky pla... watch now

ssc2014-02v1

03.20.14

Panning Through the Milky Way

This video shows a continually looping view of the Spitzer Space Telescope's new infrared view of our Milky Way Galaxy. watch now

ssc2013-04v1

02.08.13

Strobe-like Flashes Discovered in a Suspected Binary Protostar

This video, created from a sequence of images from the Hubble Space Telescope, shows a pulse of light emanating from ... watch now

ssc2012-11v1

07.18.12

Flying Out to GJ 436 and its Planets

Starting from Earth, we quickly zoom out of the solar system into our sun's local neighborhood, populated by the clos... watch now

ssc2012-07v1

05.08.12

Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a pl... watch now

ssc2012-07v2

05.08.12

Super Earth Reveals Itself to Spitzer (Narrated)

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has, for the first time, captured the light emanating from a distant super Earth, a pl... watch now

ssc2010-08v2

10.19.10

Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet (Narrated)

This animation illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

ssc2010-08v1

10.19.10

Weird Warm Spot on Exoplanet

This animation illustrates an unexpected warm spot on the surface of a gaseous exoplanet. NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

ssc2010-06v1

07.22.10

Mini Soccer Balls in Space

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ssc2009-19v1

10.06.09

Saturn Family Tour

This video showcases the Saturnian system, beginning with the planet itself and panning out to its newest addition --... watch now

ssc2009-16v1

08.10.09

Planetary Demolition Derby

This artist's animation shows a celestial body about the size of our moon slamming at great speed into a body the siz... watch now

ssc2009-11v1

06.04.09

Silicate Crystal Formation in the Disk of an Erupting Star

This artist's animation illustrates how silicate crystals like those found in comets can be created by an outburst fr... watch now

ssc2009-02v1

06.04.09

Tour of Planet with Extreme Temperature Swings

This animation shows a computer simulation of the planet HD 80606b from an observer located at a point in space lying... watch now

ssc2008-13v1

07.15.08

Zooming in on Second-Brightest Star in Milky Way

This movie zooms in to reveal the "Peony nebula" star -- the new second-brightest star in the Milky Way, discovered i... watch now

ssc2008-09v1

05.05.08

Cauldron of Light

In this animation, a seething cauldron of light appears to bubble and ooze around the remains of a giant star that as... watch now

ssc2008-09v2

05.05.08

Dissecting a Light Echo

This animation illustrates how a light echo works, and how an optical illusion of material moving outward is created.... watch now

ssc2007-19v1

11.29.07

Pulling Back the Curtain of Dust

This artist's animation begins by showing a dark and dusty corner of space where little visible light can escape. The... watch now

ssc2007-09v3

05.09.07

How to Map a Very Faraway Planet

Scientists using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope were able to create the first-ever map of the surface of a planet bey... watch now

ssc2007-09v1

05.09.07

Blacker than Black

This artist's animation illustrates the hottest planet yet observed in the universe. The scorching ball of gas, a "ho... watch now

ssc2007-09v2

05.09.07

Mapping Exotic Worlds

This animation shows the first-ever map of the surface of an exoplanet, or a planet beyond our solar system. The map,... watch now

ssc2007-08v2

04.18.07

Highway to the Danger Zone

"The further on the edge, the hotter the intensity," sings Kenny Loggins in "Danger Zone," a song made famous by the ... watch now

ssc2007-08v1

04.18.07

Infrared Rose

This movie begins by showing an optical image of the Rosette nebula, a turbulent star-forming region located 5,000 li... watch now

ssc2007-05v1

03.29.07

Two Suns Raise Family of Planetary Bodies

This artist's animation depicts a faraway solar system like our own -- except for one big difference. Planets and ast... watch now

ssc2007-04v1

02.21.07

Hot, Dry, and Cloudy (Artist Concept)

This artist's concept animation shows a cloudy Jupiter-like planet that orbits very close to its fiery hot star. NASA... watch now

ssc2006-22v1

12.18.06

Stars Spring Up Out of the Darkness

This artist's animation illustrates the universe's early years, from its explosive formation to its dark ages to its ... watch now

ssc2006-21v1

11.07.06

Making a Great Observatories Composite

This video shows how a Hubble image and a Spitzer image of the Orion Nebula were combined to create a new, multi-wave... watch now

ssc2006-21v2

11.07.06

Hubble-Spitzer Orion

This video cycles between the Hubble view, the Spitzer view, and the combined Hubble-Spitzer view of the Orion Nebula. watch now

ssc2006-20v1

10.30.06

Who Ya Gonna Call?

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope is a galactic ghost buster, spotting hidden massive stars and other monsters lurking i... watch now

ssc2006-19v1

10.26.06

Order Amidst Chaos of Star's Explosion

This artist's animation shows the explosion of a massive star, the remains of which are named Cassiopeia A. NASA's Sp... watch now

ssc2006-18v1

10.12.06

Fire and Ice Planet

This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Tel... watch now

ssc2006-18v2

10.12.06

Fire and Ice Planet (without data plot)

This artist's animation shows a blistering world revolving around its nearby "sun." NASA's infrared Spitzer Space Tel... watch now

ssc2006-16v1

08.14.06

Journey to Orion

This movie begins with a visible view of the famous Orion constellation. Superimposed on the area near Orion's sword ... watch now

ssc2006-15v1

07.24.06

Stars Can't Spin Out of Control

This artist's animation demonstrates how a dusty planet-forming disk can slow down a whirling young star, essentially... watch now

ssc2006-14v1

06.05.06

Fade to Red

This animation shows the Andromeda galaxy, first as seen in visible light by the National Optical Astronomy Observato... watch now

ssc2006-10v1

04.05.06

Birth of 'Phoenix' Planets?

This artist's animation depicts the explosive death of a massive star, followed by the creation of a disk made up of ... watch now

ssc2006-09v1

03.16.06

Cigar Galaxy up in Smoke

This movie compares a visible-light view of the "Cigar galaxy" to an infrared view from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescop... watch now

ssc2005-14v1

06.09.05

The Cry of Cassiopeia A

This animation begins with a stunning false-color picture of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A. It is made up of ima... watch now

ssc2005-13v1

06.02.05

Space Eyes See Comet Tempel 1

This artist's concept of Tempel 1 illustrates the comet's shape, reflectivity, rotation rate and surface temperature,... watch now

ssc2005-12v2

05.30.05

Carina in Context

This animation starts with an image of a larger but lower resolution image of the Carina Nebula from the Midcourse Sp... watch now

ssc2005-12v1

05.30.05

Pillars Behind the Dust

The movie begins with a visible-light picture of the southern region of our Milky Way galaxy then slowly zooms into t... watch now

ssc2005-11v1

05.04.05

A More Spectacular Sombrero

This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of Messier 104 taken by the Hubble Space Telescope to inf... watch now

ssc2005-10v1

04.20.05

Band of Rubble

This artist's animation illustrates a massive asteroid belt in orbit around a star the same age and size as our Sun. ... watch now

ssc2005-10v2

04.20.05

Sunset on an Alien World

This artist's animation illustrates what the night sky might look like from a hypothetical alien planet in a star sys... watch now

ssc2005-09v3

03.22.05

How to Measure a Planetary Eclipse

This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of ... watch now

ssc2005-09v1

03.22.05

A Planet in a Different Light

This artist's animation shows first what a fiery hot star and its close-knit planetary companion might look like clos... watch now

ssc2005-09v2

03.22.05

Distant Planet Flaunts its Light

This artist's animation shows a close-up view of a distant giant planet passing behind its star as a regular part of ... watch now

ssc2005-08v1

03.01.05

Invisible Galaxies Come to Life

This artist's animation demonstrates that an invisible galaxy shrouded in dust can become glaringly bright when viewe... watch now

ssc2005-07v1

02.11.05

Spitzer's Delicate Ring Flower

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope finds a delicate flower in the Ring Nebula, as shown in this animation. The outer shel... watch now

ssc2005-06v1

02.07.05

Birth of an Unusual Planetary System

This artist's animation shows a brown dwarf surrounded by a swirling disk of planet-building dust. NASA's Spitzer Spa... watch now

ssc2005-02v1

01.12.05

Trifid's Shifting Sides

This movie shifts from the well-known visible-light picture of the glowing Trifid Nebula to infrared views from NASA'... watch now

ssc2004-22v2

12.09.04

The Evolution of a Planet-Forming Disk

This animation shows the evolution of a planet-forming disk around a star. Initially, the young disk is bright and th... watch now

ssc2004-22v1

12.09.04

A Distant Solar System

This animation portrays an artist's concept of a distant hypothetical solar system, about the same age as our own. It... watch now

ssc2004-20v1

11.09.04

Icy Dawn of a Newborn Star

In this animation, we observe what a young star with a circumstellar disc would look like when viewed from different ... watch now

ssc2004-17v1

10.18.04

When Worlds Collide

This animation illustrates a massive collision between rocky, embryonic planets as big as mountain ranges. Such colli... watch now

ssc2004-17v2

10.18.04

Swirling Rings of Dust

This animation depicts colliding rocky bodies in an early planetary system. Such collisions form the basis of the pla... watch now

ssc2004-16v1

10.12.04

Galactic Fossil Revealed in Infrared Light

This animation demonstrates the power of infrared light to see what visible light cannot -- a newfound bundle of star... watch now

ssc2004-19v1

10.07.04

Visible-Infrared Whirlpool

This animation transitions from the more familiar visible light image of the "Whirlpool Galaxy" to the dramatic new v... watch now

ssc2004-15v1

10.06.04

Kepler's Supernova Remnant - Composite Image

The composite view of the supernova splits into its three components: blue-green for Chandra, yellow for Hubble, and ... watch now

ssc2004-15v3

10.06.04

Supernova Explosion

This animation of a supernova explosion demonstrates what happens when a massive star explodes and creates a shell of... watch now

ssc2004-15v2

10.06.04

Kepler's Supernova Remnant - Zoom-In

This "zoom" starts in the Scorpius constellation and pushes through deeper and narrower telescopic fields to at last ... watch now

ssc2004-13v1

08.09.04

Spitzer Discovers Hidden Ring

This animation transitions from a visible light image of the planetary nebula called NGC 246 to Spitzer's new infrare... watch now

ssc2004-10v2

06.01.04

Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - 2

In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by ident... watch now

ssc2004-10v1

06.01.04

Missing Host Galaxies Found in Infrared - 1

In a collaborative effort between NASA's three Great Observatories, astronomers have solved a cosmic mystery by ident... watch now

ssc2004-09v1

06.01.04

The Making of a Galactic Parallelogram

In this animation, the elliptical galaxy Centaurus A is seen through the eyes of three different telescopes. Initiall... watch now

ssc2004-08v1

05.27.04

Spitzer Sheds Infrared Light on Hundreds of Newborn Stars

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal hundreds of newly forming stars in the nebula RCW49, located ... watch now

ssc2004-08v2

05.27.04

Icy Organics in Planet-Forming Disks

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers are probing the chemistry of circumstellar disks, the dusty discs that... watch now

ssc2004-08v3

05.27.04

Forming a Planetary Gap

Astronomers are using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope to probe the structures of circumstellar disks, the dusty disks ... watch now

ssc2004-06v1

04.14.04

Star Formation in the DR21 Region

Observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope reveal a turbulent nest of giant newborn stars too shrouded in dust ... watch now

ssc2004-05v1

03.15.04

Orbit of Sedna

This animation shows the location of the newly discovered planet-like object, dubbed "Sedna," in relation to the rest... watch now

ssc2004-04v1

03.08.04

Star Formation in Henize 206

Starting with a wide view of the environment surrounding the Henize 206 star formation region, the animation moves in... watch now

ssc2004-04v2

03.08.04

Triggered Star Formation

This animation illustrates the process of triggered star formation. First, a massive star in its final death throes e... watch now

ssc2004-01v1

01.13.04

The Tarantula Nebula

NASA's new Spitzer Space Telescope has captured in stunning detail the spidery filaments and newborn stars of the Tar... watch now

ssc2003-06v2

12.18.03

Dark Globule in IC 1396

This 22-second animation shows how our view of a dark globule in IC 1396 changes as we move from visible light throug... watch now

ssc2003-06v4

12.18.03

Herbig-Haro 46/47

This 18-second animation zooms in on Herbig-Haro 46/47 and its embedded protostar with molecular outflows. Spitzer/IR... watch now

ssc2003-06v3

12.18.03

Messier 81

This 22-second animation uses an "infrared spotlight" to highlight differences between a visible-light image of Messi... watch now

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08.25.03

Infrared Launch

When Spitzer launched Monday, 25 August 2003 at 1:35:39 a.m. EDT from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, me... watch now

ssc2003-06v5

03.18.03

Model Dust Ring

A 12-second animation shows how ansae are created, by taking a model dust ring and tilting it from a face-on orientat... watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Observation Cycle

An observation cycle is illustrated in this animation, with Spitzer obtaining data, transmitting that data to Earth, ... watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Cover Ejection

Spitzer ejects its dust cover. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Visible and IR view 2

Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer IR Flyaround

Spitzer is portrayed here against an infrared sky. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Top View

View of Spitzer from the top watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Orbit

Spitzer's innovative Earth-trailing orbit is depicted. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Visible and IR view 1

Spitzer is portrayed here first in visible light, then against the same background in the infrared. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Flyaround of Spitzer

A flyaround of Spitzer in orbit. watch now

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01.01.03

Artist Concept - Spitzer Flies Away

Spitzer speeds away from Earth after its separation from its Delta II rocket. watch now

 

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