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02.22.18

Homes Away From Home? Revisiting the Seven Planets of TRAPPIST-1

One year ago, astronomers announced the discovery that seven roughly Earth-sized worlds orbited around the nearby sta... watch now

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08.17.17

Brown Dwarf Weather Annotated

This artist's concept animation shows a brown dwarf with bands of clouds, thought to resemble those seen on Neptune a... watch now

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05.03.17

5000 Days in the Life of an Astronomy Robot

May 3rd, 2017 marks the 5,000th day of NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope mission. This video gives us a detailed look at... watch now

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08.26.16

Spitzer Beyond

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, which launched Aug. 25, 2003, will begin an extended mission—the “Beyond” phase—on Oc... watch now

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03.28.16

The Wild Temperature Swings of an Exoplanet

The exoplanet HD80606 b spends most of its time far from its star, but every 111 days it swings in feverishly close. ... watch now

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12.16.15

Stampy! The Science-Loving Postage Stamp!

Stampy helps a student learn about the engineering behind NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. Featuring Richard Horvitz, ... watch now

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03.20.14

Catching a GLIMPSE of the Milky Way

Welcome home! This is our Milky Way galaxy as you’ve never seen it before. Ten years in the making, this is the clear... watch now

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02.12.14

Fusion vs. Fission

When a science-mad A.I. system is installed at NASA, two hapless computer technicians learn the process behind nuclea... watch now

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08.23.13

10 Years of Innovation

On August 25, 2003, NASA launched the Spitzer Space Telescope to reveal secrets of the infrared universe. watch now

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07.16.13

Ask an Astronomy Brain Parasite

Deep inside an astronomer's head, a parasite (voiced by Alan Tudyk) taps into his brain to learn about...science! Spe... watch now

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02.26.13

Robot Astronomy Talk Show In Progress: The Mass of Asteroids

Cameron Diaz teaches Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) how astronomers can measure the mass of asteroids from tremendous distances. watch now

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08.07.12

Possible Nearby Exoplanet Smaller than Earth (Update)

Astronomers using NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope have detected what they believe is an alien world just two-thirds th... watch now

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05.21.12

Cygnus X Marks the Spot (Gallery Explorer)

Over the last half century this Cygnus X has been yielding its secrets to the scrutiny of infrared observations. NASA... watch now

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08.23.11

The Galactic Center Revisited (Gallery Explorer)

Hiding behind the constellations Sagittarius and Scorpius is the center of our own Milky Way galaxy, over 25,000 ligh... watch now

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03.18.11

Big Bang Musical

Did you know 13.7 billion year old radiation from the Big Bang can be seen on any analogue TV set? In this mini-music... watch now

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02.16.11

Astronomy Anemone

Veronica Belmont co-hosts a space-themed talk show with Astronomy Anemone, a carnivorous man-eating sea polyp. WARNIN... watch now

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02.10.11

The North America Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Seen here in visible light, the North America Nebula strangely resembles its namesake continent. Expanding our view t... watch now

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12.23.10

The Art of Exoplanets

While astronomers have identified over 500 planets around other stars, they’re all too small and distant to fill even... watch now

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11.28.10

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Destroyer of Worlds

Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) meets The Physician (Wil Wheaton), an intergalactic buttinsky in a small blue box spaceship. T... watch now

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10.07.10

The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (Special)

Today's telescopes study the sky across the electromagnetic spectrum. Each part of the spectrum tells us different th... watch now

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08.10.10

Behind the Scenes: Dead Stars

Actor Sean Astin is hired by a bullying educational film Director and her Flunky sidekick to explain about the life a... watch now

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07.09.10

The Dragon and the Swan (Gallery Explorer)

Hidden behind a dark veil of dust in the constellation Sagittarius, a lurking dragon has been revealed by the infrare... watch now

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06.01.10

When Worlds Collide (Showcase)

When worlds collide, the result is spectacular, and astronomers think they’ve detected the aftermath of such an event... watch now

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05.25.10

Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds

Amy Okuda flies to Saturn to observe a new giant ring around the planet: the largest ring ever discovered in our Sola... watch now

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03.19.10

The Wise Sky (Gallery Explorer)

In December of 2009, NASA launched its latest infrared telescope, the Wide-field Infrared Survey Explorer. This satel... watch now

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03.09.10

Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical

A singing NASA supervisor uses song to explain about NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and how infrared astronomy diffe... watch now

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02.05.10

The Many Views of the Milky Way (Gallery Explorer)

In May of 2009, the European Space Agency successfully launched the Herschel Space Observatory, a new eye for the inf... watch now

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11.25.09

The One Ring of Saturn (Showcase)

Astronomers have found One Ring to rule them all, not in the land of Mordor, but around Saturn, the Lord of the Rings... watch now

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10.26.09

Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide

Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the g... watch now

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09.03.09

Cooking Up Cometary Crystals (Showcase)

The fading light of a flaring young star has shed light on a puzzle involving crystals and comets. watch now

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08.24.09

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Back in Time

Linda Hamilton attempts to foil the robots' plans of Universal conquest; meanwhile, Dean Stockwell explains the conce... watch now

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06.18.09

Orion Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

Explore the dusty secrets of the Orion Nebula through Spitzer's infrared vision. watch now

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04.08.09

A Galaxy of a Different Color (Showcase)

To commemorate this International Year of Astronomy, three of NASA's flagship observatories have put a new spin on ho... watch now

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03.11.09

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Twin Brown Dwarfs

While trapped in an interdimensional portal between two brown dwarfs, IR-2 and the robots encounter their evil twins ... watch now

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02.02.09

The Omega Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The Omega Nebula, or M17, is a star-forming region in the constellation of Sagittarius and is about 6,000 light years... watch now

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01.23.09

M51 & Gizmo: Half-Baked Plan

Hoping for his birthday to come around sooner, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer, faster orbit around ... watch now

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12.26.08

The W5 Stellar Blast Furnace (Showcase)

It's a chaotic region, sculpted by the glare of one generation of massive stars that's giving rise to the next. watch now

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11.25.08

Spaceship Spitzer: The Slowlian Web

During a tense face-off with a sinister (but extremely slow-moving) alien race, Dr. Michelle shows IR-1 how scientist... watch now

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10.30.08

The Milky Way Big Picture (Showcase)

Two and a half billion infrared pixels are exposing our own Galaxy in this new image from NASA's Spitzer Space Telesc... watch now

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10.22.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Sculpting With Stars

IR-2 opens diplomatic relations with the Earth, as a first step toward ruling over all humans on the planet. watch now

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08.25.08

Psych Out

Does the Helix Nebula look like a human eye? Why do we think we see well-known objects in nebulous images from space?... watch now

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08.12.08

Snowflake Cluster (Gallery Explorer)

A group of baby stars form a "stellar snowflake" in Spitzer's observations of a dusty region near the Cone Nebula. watch now

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07.21.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: The Building Blocks of Life

IR-2 and his crew learn about PAHs, which may be the building blocks of all life in the Universe, and decide to put t... watch now

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07.02.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Omega Centauri

While the robots are away, a sad and lonely man calls in with a beautiful image of the Omega Centauri globular cluster. watch now

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06.13.08

Echoes of a Supernova (Showcase)

A supernova flash echoing through surrounding dust clouds has given astronomers a virtual time machine for studying t... watch now

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05.16.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Baby Stars

Where do stars come from? IR-2 analyzes recent Spitzer imagery to find out, while an imposing Ratings-bot oversees th... watch now

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04.21.08

Dub'ya: Mountie Martin and the Space Diamonds

Are tiny diamonds really common in the Universe? Join the intrepid Mountie Martin as he endeavors to find out, while ... watch now

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04.15.08

Protostellar Jets (Gallery Explorer)

Giant jets from baby stars blow colorful bubbles in interstellar space. Spitzer's infrared view reveals these structu... watch now

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04.04.08

Promo: IRrelevant Astronomy

IRrelevant Astronomy takes a lighthearted, comedic look at the infrared Universe. Enjoy this peek at the Spitzer Spac... watch now

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03.13.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Water in the Universe

Astronomers have discovered huge amounts of water around baby stars; IR-2 and his crew plan to make use of it. watch now

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03.04.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Asteroids

Will an asteroid strike the Earth and wipe out all life as we know it? IR-2 and his robotic crew make random phone ca... watch now

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02.13.08

Rho Ophiuchi Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

One of the most striking nearby star-forming regions is the Rho Ophiuchi Cloud. New images from Spitzer reveal its in... watch now

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02.08.08

Skinfrared #2: Water and Ice

Viewing liquids in extreme temperatures in both visible and infrared light, this episode of the Skinfrared series giv... watch now

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01.17.08

Spaceship Spitzer: Enemy Mine

While in battle around the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, Dr. Michelle teaches IR-1 the science... watch now

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01.15.08

Skinfrared #1

What is infrared light? The Skinfrared series contrasts the world around us in both visible and infrared light, givin... watch now

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12.22.07

The X-Planets (Showcase)

These two extreme planets have set the records for the hottest and windiest known worlds anywhere. watch now

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11.30.07

Galaxies (Gallery Explorer)

Galaxies take on striking new colors and structures when viewed by the infrared eye of the Spitzer Space Telescope. watch now

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10.30.07

Trilogy of Terror (Showcase)

For Halloween, a trilogy of spooky star-forming regions tell a haunting tale of the lives and deaths of stars. watch now

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10.02.07

Mira, A Real Shooting Star (Showcase)

The star Mira has kept a stunning secret that scientists have only just discovered in the glow of ultraviolet light. watch now

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09.05.07

Helix Nebula (Gallery Explorer)

The eerie Helix nebula, created from the outer layers of a dying star once like our own, reveals secrets to the Spitz... watch now

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07.20.07

Eta Carinae (Gallery Explorer)

The beautiful Carina nebula, stretching 200 light years across space, has been shredded by ultraviolet radiation and ... watch now

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06.28.07

Special: M51 & Gizmo

What makes the Earth livable? In this animated cartoon, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around... watch now

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05.30.07

Galactic Center (Gallery Explorer)

The fantastic structures at the center of our Milky Way Galaxy, hidden from us in visible light, are revealed through... watch now

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05.14.07

Andromeda, Beauty and the Beast (Showcase)

In Greek Mythology, the Princess Andromeda was sacrificed to appease a sea monster's appetite. But astronomers are le... watch now

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05.02.07

Large Magellanic Cloud (Gallery Explorer)

The Large Magellanic Cloud, a dwarf galaxy that orbits the Milky Way, is revealed in exquisite detail in this video f... watch now

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01.30.07

Pillars of Destruction

They're known as the Pillars of Creation, but according to recent Spitzer observations these ghostly apparitions have... watch now

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12.18.06

Seeing the First Light

Astronomers peering deeply into the cosmos think they have found something remarkable... the light from the first obj... watch now

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10.12.06

Night and Day on an Alien World

It's as clear as day and night... but on an exotic alien world! Astronomers have for the first time measured the temp... watch now

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08.14.06

A Stellar Census of the Sword of Orion

New images of the Orion Nebula show thousands of nascent solar systems. watch now

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06.16.06

Exposing the Exploding Cigar Galaxy

M82 has been called an exploding galaxy, and three of NASA's Great Observatories have teamed up to show it like it's ... watch now

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05.02.06

Planetary Life After Death

Like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, astronomers have found that a whole new solar system may be forming in the wake... 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

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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 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 Flies Away

Spitzer speeds away from Earth after its separation from its Delta II rocket. 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 - Spitzer IR Flyaround

Spitzer is portrayed here against an infrared sky. 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 - Flyaround of Spitzer

A flyaround of Spitzer in orbit. 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 Cover Ejection

Spitzer ejects its dust cover. watch now

 

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