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    Travel in Time (1350 Light Years Away) This video takes a quick look at a new image of one of the coolest bits of the night sky — the Orion Nebula. By observing in infrared light the VISTA survey telescope at ESO’s Paranal Observatory in Chile can see through the dust and this allowed astronomers to catalogue nearly 800 000 objects in this region, young stars, strange outflows and very distant galaxies. Enjoy and share…….

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  • Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space

    Stunning Aurora Borealis from Space

    Using time-lapses shot from the International Space Station, showing both the Aurora Borealis and Aurora Australis phenomena that occur when electrically charged electrons and protons in the Earth’s magnetic field collide with neutral atoms in the upper atmosphere Enjoy and share…….

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  • Comparison of rotating disc galaxies in the distant Universe and the present day

    Comparison of rotating disc galaxies in the distant Universe and the present day

    Comparison of rotating disc galaxies in the distant Universe and the present day. The imaginary galaxy on the left is in the nearby Universe and the stars in its outer parts are orbiting rapidly due to the presence of large amounts of dark matter around the central regions. On the other hand the galaxy at the right, which is in the distant Universe, and seen as it was about ten billion years ago, is rotating more slowly in its outer […]

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  • Zooming in on the young dusty galaxy A2744_YD4

    Zooming in on the young dusty galaxy A2744_YD4

    This zoom video sequence starts with a flight through the faint constellation of Sculptor (The Sculptor). We soon see a rich group of distant galaxies, the cluster Abell 2744, known as Pandora’s Cluster. But continuing even further back into the early Universe we finish the trip looking at the dusty galaxy A2744_YD4, the most distant galaxy ever seen with ALMA. Enjoy and share…….

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  • Blast Wave From A Stellar Explosion

    Blast Wave From A Stellar Explosion

    Simulation of Supernova 1987A This scientific visualization shows the development of Supernova 1987A, from the initial blast observed three decades ago to the luminous ring of material we see today. The sequence, using data from a computer simulation, begins with the star before it exploded. A ring of material around the star was expelled about 20,000 years before the supernova outburst. A flash of light signals the stellar explosion. The supernova sends a blast wave outward from the dying star. […]

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  • Changing Views of Pluto

    Changing Views of Pluto

    While it may seem that the astronomy community’s views on Pluto changed radically with its reclassification in 2006, the truth is that our understanding of Pluto has always been shifting. This small, icy world in the distant reaches of the solar system is so difficult to observe that, even with Hubble’s keen resolution, it only shows up as a few pixels in an image. Only with patience, lots of observations, and huge amounts of computing power have we been able […]

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  • Expect the Unexpected

    Expect the Unexpected

    NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope is one of the most powerful scientific instruments ever conceived. Hubble’s most important discoveries have provided answers to questions that astronomers did not yet know how to ask, and found objects that were not yet imagined. This installment of the “Hubble at 25” series looks at how Hubble far exceeds its original science goals and unveiled an even more complex and mysterious universe than once envisioned. Enjoy and share……

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  • Galaxies Across Space and Time

    Galaxies Across Space and Time

    Hubble This award-winning short film transforms images and data from NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope into a voyage that sweeps viewers across the universe and back into cosmic history. The film opens with looming images of two mature galaxies that are relatively nearby Earth, and then pans through the vibrant and diverse panorama of thousands of galaxies in an image from the Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey. The ensuing 3-D journey through these galaxies provides more than just a new perspective […]

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  • What Happens When Galaxies Die?

    What Happens When Galaxies Die?

    About half of the galaxies in our universe are dead, but how exactly did that happen? How do galaxies die? Enjoy and share……..

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  • Globular Star Cluster Exploration

    Globular Star Cluster Exploration

    This movie is a low resolution preview of the hemispheric projection sequence for planetarium domes. This scientific visualization presents a flight to a small globular star cluster and a few hundred thousand years of its development. Globular star clusters contain many thousands to millions of stars all orbiting around their common center of gravity. During the flight to and around the globular star cluster, time has been stopped to allow one to examine the structure of the cluster. After arrival, […]

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