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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

irastro028

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

sig15-015v1

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

irastro027

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

irastro026

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

irastro025

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

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

irastro024

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

irastro023

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

irastro022

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

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

irastro021

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

ssc2010-06v1

07.22.10

Mini Soccer Balls in Space

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irastro020

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

irastroSD019

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

irastroSD018

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

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

ask2009-001

08.26.09

Where Is the Center of the Universe?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian explains the mind-boggling expansion of the Universe. watch now

irastroSD017

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

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

irastroSD014

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

ask_what01

02.05.09

W-5 Star-Forming Region

Visit the W-5 star-forming region with 'Ask an Astronomer'! watch now

irastroSD013

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

ask2008-007

12.22.08

Why Is the Sky Blue?

In this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode, Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth fills us in on what the color of the sky has to do with f... watch now

irastroSD012

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

ask2008-006

10.23.08

What's Between the Stars?

In this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode, Dr. Michelle Thaller explains how there can be an interstellar medium in a vacuum. watch now

irastroSD011

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

irastroSD010

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

ask_5th

08.25.08

Spitzer's Fifth Anniversary

This 'Ask an Astronomer' special looks at some of the biggest discoveries from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope over th... watch now

irastroSD009

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

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

irastroSD008

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

ask2008-005

07.01.08

What Will Happen to the Earth When the Sun Dies?

Our Sun won't last forever. Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth explains the ramifications for our home planet in this 'Ask an Ast... watch now

irastroSD007

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

ask2008-004

05.08.08

Can a Planet Have Two Suns?

Dr. Carolyn Brinkworth addresses a famous science fiction scenario in this 'Ask an Astronomer' video. 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

irastroSD006

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

ask2008-003

04.10.08

Can a Galaxy Die?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian gives us the answer to this 'Ask an Astronomer' question. watch now

irastroSD005

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

ask2008-002

03.13.08

Why Aren't There Any Green Stars?

Dr. Michelle Thaller answers this question for 'Ask an Astronomer.' watch now

irastroSD004

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

ask2008-001

02.13.08

How Do You Discover an Asteroid?

Dr. Bidushi Bhattacharya helps us understand how astronomers find these tiny space rocks. watch now

irastroSD003

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

irastroSD002

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

irastroSD001

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

ask_ir

12.18.07

Infrared: More Than Your Eyes Can See

Dr. Michelle Thaller explains infrared light in this older video, produced by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope (then kn... 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

ask_m51

11.05.07

M51 and Gizmo

In this animated 'Ask an Astronomer' special, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer orbit around the sun, ... watch now

ask2007-002

09.14.07

What Happens When Galaxies Collide?

Dr. Varoujan Gorjian takes us inside galactic collisions in this 'Ask an Astronomer' video. watch now

ask2007-001

07.27.07

What Is the Nearest Galaxy to the Milky Way?

Dr. Michelle Thaller explains that the answer isn't as simple as you might think! 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

ask2006-003

02.12.07

Why Isn't Pluto a Planet Anymore?

Dr. Robert Hurt explains why Pluto got... well... plutoed. 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

ssc2006-18v2

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

ssc2006-18v1

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

ask2006-002

08.24.06

How Can We See a Black Hole?

If no light escapes from a black hole, how can we detect them? 'Ask an Astronomer' explains. 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

ask2006-001

05.24.06

What Is a Redshift?

'Ask an Astronomer' uses an astronomer, a flying saucer, and a cow to help explain this difficult astronomical concep... 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

ask2005-002

12.09.05

Do the Stars Really Move?

The answer to this 'Ask an Astronomer' question may surprise you! watch now

ask2005-001

10.25.05

Why Do We See Spiral Arms in Some Galaxies?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains the morphology of one of the most common types of galaxy. watch now

ask2003-003

10.14.05

What Is a Brown Dwarf?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains one of the strangest objects in outer space. watch now

ask2003-004

10.14.05

Do Other Solar Systems Exist?

'Ask an Astronomer' explains how we detect planets around other stars. watch now

ask2002-004

10.14.05

What Causes an Eclipse of the Moon?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains lunar eclipses. watch now

ask2002-005

10.14.05

Why Are Solar Eclipses Only Visible in Some Parts of the World?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains eclipses of the sun and why they can't be seen everywhere. watch now

ask2002-001

10.14.05

Why Doesn't the Moon Fall Down?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' episode explains how orbits work. watch now

ask2003-005

10.14.05

Are Other Solar Systems Like Our Own?

Solar systems come in a large variety of flavors, as this 'Ask an Astronomer' video shows. watch now

ask2003-001

10.14.05

Why Is Spitzer Painted Black?

The Spitzer Space Telescope has a funny paint job. This 'Ask an Astronomer' segment explains why. watch now

ask2002-003

10.14.05

Why Does the Moon Look Like It Changes?

Phases of the Moon are clearly explained in this 'Ask an Astronomer' episode. watch now

ask2003-002

10.14.05

How Do Stars Live and Die?

'Ask an Astronomer' tackles stellar evolution. watch now

ask2002-002

10.14.05

Can You Feel a Solar Wind?

This 'Ask an Astronomer' segment attempts to explain what a solar wind is (and is not). 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

   

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