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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

hiddenuniverse007

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

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

hiddenuniverse006

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

hiddenuniverse005

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

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

ssc2006-21v2

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

ssc2006-21v1

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

ssc2006-20v1

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

hiddenuniverse004

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

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

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

hiddenuniverse003

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

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

hiddenuniverse002

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

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

hiddenuniverse001

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

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

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

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

ask2002-001

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

ask2003-003

10.14.05

What Is a Brown Dwarf?

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

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

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

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

ssc2005-12v1

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

ssc2005-12v2

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

ssc2005-11v1

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

ssc2005-09v2

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

ssc2005-09v1

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

ssc2005-08v1

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

ssc2004-22v1

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

ssc2004-22v2

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

ssc2004-20v1

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

ssc2004-15v3

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

ssc2004-15v1

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

ssc2004-15v2

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

ssc2004-10v1

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

ssc2004-10v2

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

ssc2004-08v2

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

ssc2004-08v1

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

ssc2004-06v1

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

ssc2004-04v2

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

ssc2004-04v1

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

ssc2004-01v1

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

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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