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  • NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space

    NASA Sees Holiday Lights from Space

    Our holiday lights are so bright we can see them from space. Thanks to the VIIRS instrument on the Suomi NPP satellite, a joint mission between NASA and NOAA, scientists are presenting a new way of studying satellite data that can illustrate patterns in holiday lights, both during Christmas and the Holy Month of Ramadan. These new tools can provide new insights into how energy consumption behaviors vary across different cultural settings. Celestron 21041 60mm PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $69.95 […]

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  • Exoplanet Q and Alien

    Exoplanet Q and Alien

    In this inaugural edition of Exoplanet Q & Alien, Jet Propulsion Laboratory’s Josh Rodriguez explains some of the techniques used for direct imaging of “exoplanets” — planets outside of our solar system. Enjoy and share…. Celestron 31042 AstroMaster 114 EQ Reflector Telescope Price: $249.95

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  • Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside Orion Spacecraft

    Astronaut’s-Eye View Inside Orion Spacecraft

    A longer video than usual, but it gives us a chance to see what was missed during the live transmission. Among the first data to be removed from Orion following its un-crewed Dec. 5 flight test was video recorded through windows in Orion’s crew module. Although much of the video was transmitted down to Earth and shown in real time on NASA Television, it was not available in its entirety. Also, the blackout caused by the superheated plasma surrounding the […]

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  • Close up view of the bright star cluster Messier 47

    Close up view of the bright star cluster Messier 47

    This close-up video pan sequence gives a detailed look at a new image of the star cluster Messier 47 taken using the Wide Field Imager camera, installed on the MPG/ESO 2.2-metre telescope at ESO’s La Silla Observatory in Chile. This young open cluster is dominated by a sprinkling of brilliant blue stars but also contains a few contrasting red giant stars. Enjoy and share… Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $169.95 Price: $129.36

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  • The Observable Universe

    The Observable Universe

    This is a very short animation that zooms out from Earth to the edge of the Observable Universe. Enjoy and share…. Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker Telescope Old Price: $169.95 Price: $129.36

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  • Fermi Helps Scientists Study Gamma-ray Thunderstorms

    Fermi Helps Scientists Study Gamma-ray Thunderstorms

    Merging data on high-energy bursts seen on Earth by NASA’s Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope with data from ground-based radar and lightning detectors, scientists have completed the most detailed analysis to date of the types of thunderstorms producing terrestrial gamma-ray flashes, or TGFs. TGFs occur unpredictably and fleetingly, with durations less than a thousandth of a second, and remain poorly understood. Yet the gamma rays they produce rank among the highest-energy light naturally produced on Earth. Earlier Fermi studies helped uncover […]

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  • Does Our Universe Have A Mirrored Twin?

    Does Our Universe Have A Mirrored Twin?

    Time in our universe moves forward, but imagine a universe where time moved backward! How could this be possible? The universe is expanding, not contracting. Stars emit light rather than absorb it, and radioactive atoms decay rather than reassemble. We remember the past, not the future, and we grow old and decrepit, not young and rejuvenated. For us, time has a clear and irreversible direction. It flies forward like a missile, equations be damned. Enjoy and share….. Celestron 127EQ PowerSeeker […]

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  • The Many Mysteries of MMS

    The Many Mysteries of MMS

    Scientists Michael Hesse and John Dorelli explain the science objectives of the MMS mission. The Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission is comprised of four identically instrumented spacecraft that will use Earth’s magnetosphere as a laboratory to study the microphysics of three fundamental plasma processes: magnetic reconnection, energetic particle acceleration, and turbulence. These processes occur in all astrophysical plasma systems but can be studied in situ only in our solar system and most efficiently only in Earth’s magnetosphere, where they control the […]

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  • Ode to Hubble

    Ode to Hubble

    I always love to watch any video about Hubble.With all the milestones achieved by this telescope, you would think that there was noting new to watch about it, but it is always a new experience to view something new. I hope it continues for a long time to come and that it will continue to delight us as it has done in the past. Hubble has achieved an extraordinary amount in its lifetime and 2015 will mark 25 years since […]

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  • 10 Hottest Facts About Solar Storms

    10 Hottest Facts About Solar Storms

    This video is for all of you out there who find delight in numbers and facts stated by numbers. Our Sun is located 24-26,000 light years from the center of the Milky Way. It circles the galaxy every 225-250,000 years, at a speed of 220 kilometers per second. The sun is a medium size star, a Yellow Dwarf, G type main sequence. It’s about one million times the size of planet Earth.Core temperature:15,000,000 °C. Surface temperature: 5,500 °C. The sun […]

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