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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

irastroHD006

04.21.08

Dub'ya: Mountie Martin and the Space Diamonds (HD)

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

hiddenuniverse019

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

ask2008-003

04.10.08

Can a Galaxy Die?

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

hiddenuniverse018

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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SpitzerAudio-040

03.24.08

Diamondoids in Space

Diamonds may be rare on Earth, but surprisingly common in space -- and new research shows that the infrared eyes of N... listen 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

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

irastroHD005

03.13.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Water in the Universe (HD)

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

irastroHD004

03.04.08

Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Asteroids (HD)

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

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

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SpitzerAudio-039

02.25.08

Common Earths

Terrestrial planets might form around many, if not most, of the nearby sun-like stars in our galaxy. These new result... listen 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

hiddenuniverse017

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

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

irastroHD003

02.08.08

Skinfrared #2: Water and Ice (HD)

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

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SpitzerAudio-038

02.04.08

Cosmic Suburbia

Young city dwellers on Earth aren't the only ones rushing to suburbia to start families. New observations from NASA's... listen now

irastroHD002

01.17.08

Spaceship Spitzer: Enemy Mine (HD)

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

irastroHD001

01.15.08

Skinfrared #1 (HD)

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

hiddenuniverse016

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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SpitzerAudio-037

12.19.07

Uncommon Moons

New observations from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope suggest that moons like Earth's -- that formed out of tremendous... listen 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

hiddenuniverse015

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

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

hue-003

11.01.07

Galeria: Helix

La extraña nebulosa Helix, creada de las capas exteriores de una estrella moribunda que alguna vez fue como nuestro s... watch now

hiddenuniverse014

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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SpitzerAudio-036

10.22.07

Galactic Thief Caught Stealing Gas

A big galaxy, spotted stealing gas from a passing galaxy about half its size, was caught red-handed by the Spitzer Sp... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-035

10.09.07

Dust in the Wind of Black Holes

The dust that makes everything around us -- and even ourselves -- may have come from black holes. listen now

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SpitzerAudio-034

10.03.07

Building an Earth?

An infant Earth may be forming in a star system over 400 light-years away, according to new results from the Spitzer ... listen now

hiddenuniverse013

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

hue-002

09.27.07

Galeria: Eta Carinae

La bella nebulosa de Carina, que se extiende 200 años luz a través del espacio, está siendo destrozada por la radiaci... watch now

hue-001

09.26.07

Galeria: La gran nube de Magallanes

La gran nube de Magallanes, una galaxia enana que orbita la Vía Láctea, es revelada con exquisito detalle en este vid... 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

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SpitzerAudio-033

09.12.07

Neon Signs in Space

A recent detection of neon gas in planet-forming disks may help us better understand how planets form and whether or ... listen now

hiddenuniverse012

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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SpitzerAudio-032

08.16.07

Putting the Brakes on Star Formation

Spitzer learns why one class of galaxy seems to have trouble forming new stars. listen now

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SpitzerAudio-031

08.10.07

Planets with Four Suns?

New results from the Spitzer Space Telescope hint that other solar systems may be even more exotic than we've ever im... listen 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

hiddenuniverse011

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

hiddenuniverse010

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

hiddenuniverse009

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

hiddenuniverse008

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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SpitzerAudio-030

05.14.07

A Tale of Two Worlds -- One Hot, One Windy

Astronomers have studied two very intriguing planets beyond our solar system -- one super hot, one super windy. This ... listen 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

ssc2007-09v3

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

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

hduniverse007

05.02.07

Gallery Explorer: Large Magellanic Cloud (HD)

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

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SpitzerAudio-029

03.29.07

Double Sunsets in Distant Skies

Once thought to be the stuff of science fiction, double sunsets may be much more common in the universe than previous... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-028

02.21.07

Hunting for Molecules on Faraway Planets

A first from the Spitzer Space Telescope. A new finding is a stepping stone to eventually studying signs of life on w... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-027

02.21.07

Atmospheres on Alien Worlds

Using the Spitzer Space Telescope, astronomers have for the first time discovered what the atmosphere is like on plan... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-026

01.09.07

Pillars of Destruction

Hubble's "Pillars of Creation" within the Eagle Nebula is one of the most famous astronomical images of all time. But... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-025

12.18.06

Spitzer Sees the Light

In the beginning there was darkness...but now, Spitzer Scientists say they are seeing the universe's first light. listen now

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SpitzerAudio-024

12.05.06

Wounded Comet Spills Secrets About Distant Solar Systems

Could Comet Tempel 1 provide the key to understanding solar systems beyond our own? Dr. Carey Lisse talks with Linda ... listen 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

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

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SpitzerAudio-023

09.27.06

A Galactic Soap Opera

Our story begins in the deep, dark universe, where galaxies, like people, lead fascinating lives, filled with drama. ... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-022

09.08.06

Cosmic Disk Brakes for Spinning Stars

Can planet-forming disks put the brakes on spinning stars? Dr. Luisa Rebull discusses Spitzer results that may solve ... listen 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

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

ssc2006-16v1

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

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SpitzerAudio-021

08.14.06

Piercing the Sword of Orion

Astronomers have long scrutinized the vast and layered clouds of the Orion nebula, an industrious star-making factory... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-020

06.23.06

Last of the Great Observatories

Years before Spitzer was launched into space, the entire mission was cancelled! Dr. George Rieke discusses the incred... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-019

06.05.06

Unmarked Grave of a Dead Star

Spitzer has found a supernova remnant that no other telescope has seen. Dr. Patrick Morris discusses his team's disco... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-018

05.11.06

Searching for Solar Systems Like Ours

Are solar systems like our own common in the universe, or is ours an oddball? Dr. Lynne Hillenbrand discusses her wor... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-016

04.05.06

Phoenix Rising from a Supernova's Ashes

A supernova may be the ultimate end of a star's life, but this may not be the story's end. Recent Spitzer results hin... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-017

04.05.06

Spitzer Finds Hints of Planet Birth Around Dead Star

NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope has uncovered new evidence that planets might rise up out of a dead star's ashes. (JP... listen 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

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SpitzerAudio-015

03.16.06

Seeing Smoke from a Galactic Fire

Michelle Thaller speaks with Dr. George Helou about a striking new image of Galaxy M82, the discovery of mysterious o... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-014

03.02.06

Origins of Organics

Robert Hurt talks to Yanling Wu about her studies of blue compact dwarf galaxies, and what they tell us about the ori... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-013

02.15.06

Finding Crystals in Colliding Galaxies

Robert Hurt interviews Dr. Henrik Spoon about a first in extragalactic astronomy: the detection of delicate crystals ... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-012

01.11.06

Survivors Around a Dead Star

Whitney Clavin speaks with Dr. Marc Kuchner, who has recently discovered signs of surviving comets around a star that... listen now

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SpitzerAudio-011

12.14.05

Alien Asteroid Belts

Robert Hurt speaks with Dr. Dean Hines by phone about the discovery of an asteroid belt similar to our own around a v... listen now

ask2005-002

12.09.05

Do the Stars Really Move?

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

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SpitzerAudio-010

12.08.05

High School Students Visit Spitzer

A teacher and three high school students from the Phillips Exeter Academy visit the Spitzer Science Center, and discu... listen now

   

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