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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • The Red Bubble

    The Red Bubble

    Supernova Remnant SNR 0509-67.5 This movie presents a visualization of the supernova remnant known as SNR 0509-67.5. The delicate sphere of gas, photographed by NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope, is the result of gas that is being shocked by the expanding blast wave from a supernova. The bubble is the visible remnant of a powerful stellar explosion in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC), a small galaxy about 160,000 light-years from Earth. Ripples in the shell’s surface may be caused by either […]

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  • Plutonian System Changes All the Rules!

    Plutonian System Changes All the Rules!

    Binary Planet System Pluto changes everything. The up close views of Pluto and its moons that New Horizons has sent us has revealed many shocking surprises. Pluto proves just about anything is possible for forming planets – any where – as it has its own source of heat and energy to keep it alive and geologically active. We have only peered into half of the Kuiper Belt, a region of space filled with smaller dwarf planets and debris left over […]

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