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Someone Managed To Zoom In On The Moon And We All Feel Slightly Uncomfortable1m57s

Someone Managed To Zoom In On The Moon And We All Feel Slightly Uncomfortable

To us, mere mortals, the moon is just a round of cheese that glows super bright in the night sky (and sometimes during dusk hours). But technology goes forward and right now, if you have the cash, you can purchase a super awesome digital camera that can pass over the 239,000 miles between us and the Moon, so that you can take a selfie with it! Telescopes are so overrated. Nikon just released its COOLPIX P900 camera with a zoom so powerful, you can see craters on the moon's surface . Let us remind you that the moon is close to 239,000 miles from Earth. You can see the actual holes on the moon's surface where it's been hit by asteroids and comets thanks to the cameras 83x zoom. It's so powerful you can even watch the moon move across the sky as Earth rotates. The second most awesome feature about that camera is that image is surprisingly stable for such an extreme zoom. If you don’t feel uncomfortable enough just yet, how about checking out this clip of the Moon zoomed in and passing in front of super tiny Saturn . The clip has been recorded just as the Moon passes right in front of the ringed planet, eventually covering the sight of it.

Betelgeuse - The 'Killer' Star That Could Become Supernova1m51s

Betelgeuse - The 'Killer' Star That Could Become Supernova

At first glance, Betelgeuse may look like a random orange blob but in fact it is an image that reveals one of the biggest stars ever seen. Betelgeuse, also known as a ‘killer star’, is one of the largest stars known to astronomers with a radius about 1,400 times larger than that of the Sun. The Betelgeuse star is not only famous for its size and brightness but because it is only about 600 light-years away in the constellation of Orion (The Hunter)- a bright winter constellation in the Northern Hemisphere. Betelgeuse is so vast — its size would extend beyond Jupiter's orbit if it were placed in the sun's position in the solar system and is now near the end of its lifetime. It is just about eight million years old, but is already on the verge of becoming a supernova . This red supergiant burns brightly, causing it to have only a short life expectancy. It is shedding gas and dust at tremendous rates. When that happens, the resulting explosion will be visible from Earth, even in broad daylight. When astronomers say Betelgeuse is expected to explode soon, they mean shortly in astronomical terms: within a million years. But predicting exactly when it will turn into a supernova is difficult, however, as it depends on precise calculations of its mass as well as an understanding of what is going on inside the star. So, one is sure, the explosion won’t happen in our lifetime. But in fact no one really knows. It could be tomorrow or a million years in the future.

barsoomherald
Published: September 9, 20179,694 plays$17.40 earned
Extreme closeup of the moon is slightly disturbing 2m28s

Extreme closeup of the moon is slightly disturbing

For us mere mortals, the moon is just a round of cheese that glows super bright in the night sky (and sometimes during dusk hours). But technology goes forward and right now, if you have the cash, you can purchase a super awesome digital camera that can pass over the 239,000 miles between us and the Moon, so that you can take a selfie with it! Telescopes are so overrated. Nikon just released its COOLPIX P900 camera with a zoom so powerful, you can see craters on the moon's surface . Let us remind you that the moon is close to 239,000 miles from Earth. You can see the actual holes on the moon's surface where it's been hit by asteroids and comets thanks to the cameras 83x zoom. It's so powerful you can even watch the moon move across the sky as Earth rotates. The second most awesome feature about that camera is that image is surprisingly stable for such an extreme zoom. If you don’t feel uncomfortable enough just yet, how about checking out this clip of the Moon zoomed in and passing in front of super tiny Saturn . The clip has been recorded just as the Moon passes right in front of the ringed planet, eventually covering the sight of it! So cool!

What The Betelgeuse Explosion Would Look Like From Earth22s

What The Betelgeuse Explosion Would Look Like From Earth

Orion, the massive star Betelgeuse is dying. It reached the end of its life and currently in the terminal throes of shedding vast bubbles of gas into space. Betelgeuse lies some 430 light-years from Earth. Note that determining distances, especially to red supergiant stars, is an unnerving problem in Astronomy. Estimates vary and are often revised, with some as high as 650 light-years, yet it’s already one of the brightest stars in Earth’s sky. The reason is that Betelgeuse is a supergiant star. However, such brilliance comes at a price. Betelgeuse is one of the most famous stars in the sky because it’s due to explode someday. Its enormous energy requires that the fuel be expended quickly, and in fact Betelgeuse is now near the end of its lifetime. In astronomical terms, someday soon it will run out of fuel, collapse under its own weight, and then rebound in a spectacular supernova explosion. When this happens, Betelgeuse will brighten enormously for a few weeks or months, perhaps as bright as the full moon and visible in broad daylight. When will it happen? Probably not in our lifetimes. But, in fact, no one really knows. It could be tomorrow or a million years in the future.

barsoomherald
Published: September 18, 201726,745 plays$52.48 earned
How The London Sky Would Look Like During Total Darkness2m25s

How The London Sky Would Look Like During Total Darkness

Nights in urban cities like London are bathing in light and the only part of the day when people feel like seeing the sky and stars closely, overwhelmed by the universe mysteries, light pollution makes the night sky invisible. The night sky, one of the most beautiful of natural wonders is extinguished from view. That is where this simulation of a time lapse comes into play. A clear summer evening in London. As darkness falls, the light of the Sun is replaced by the glow of the city. But if the lights were to be switched off then the invisible would become visible. The concept of ‘Blackout city’ is well-developed by Nicholas Buer- a Uk-based photographer. He shows an experimental time lapse film that makes the invisible, visible. Nicholas helps people see what the night sky would look like if there were to be a total blackout in the South East of England on a clear, moonless, summer night. People might find darkness strange and living in the heart of the city, they are used to having the warming, orange glow of street lamps outside windows. But the blackness in this simulation is something that nobody have experienced so far-one that is almost absolute. By tilting the head skyward, a millions of bright stars could be seen clearly dotted on the black canvas of night. The pitch-dark curtain draped over the sky and the twisted shapes that stars make against the blackness is something that could never escape one’s memory. The milky speckles are dancing along the sky in various patterns and the whole view makes you only smile. Staring at this starry sky calms the storm in one’s heart and frees one’s mind.

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Published: December 5, 2014292,664 views
Massive sun eruption captured by NASA1m33s

Massive sun eruption captured by NASA

NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory captured incredible images of an eruption on the side of the sun on June 18, 2015. According to NASA, the eruption ultimately escaped the sun, growing into a substantial coronal mass ejection, or CME; a giant cloud of solar material traveling through space. Credit to 'NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory'.

Extra-natural power is pulling Earth, caused by Jupiter and Venus3m58s

Extra-natural power is pulling Earth, caused by Jupiter and Venus

A huge discovery about Jupiter, Venus and Earth stuns scientists. The idea that the gravity of Jupiter and Venus is pulling Earth has been confirmed by the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Source Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2018/05/01/1800891115

NASA releases incredible flyover of dwarf planet Ceres1m15s

NASA releases incredible flyover of dwarf planet Ceres

NASA recently released footage featuring an animated flyover of dwarf planet Ceres. The animation was generated using images taken by NASA's Dawn Spacecraft during its first mapping orbit at an altitude of 8,400 miles (13,600 kilometers). It also gathered navigational images taken from 3,200 miles (5,100 kilometers) away. Credit to 'NASA JPL'.

Massive black hole shreds passing star1m02s

Massive black hole shreds passing star

This artist's rendering illustrates new findings about a star shredded by a black hole. When a star wanders too close to a black hole, intense tidal forces rip the star apart. In these events, called "tidal disruptions", some of the stellar debris is flung outward at high speed while the rest falls toward the black hole. This causes a distinct X-ray flare that can last for a few years. NASA's Chandra X-ray Observatory, Swift Gamma-ray Burst Explorer, and ESA/NASA's XMM-Newton collected different pieces of this astronomical puzzle in a tidal disruption event called ASASSN-14li, which was found in an optical search by the All-Sky Automated Survey for Supernovae (ASAS-SN) in November 2014. The event occurred near a supermassive black hole estimated to weigh a few million times the mass of the sun in the center of PGC 043234, a galaxy that lies about 290 million light-years away. Credit to 'NASA Goddard'.

NASA releases time-lapse of Mars rover's 11-year marathon8m09s

NASA releases time-lapse of Mars rover's 11-year marathon

According to NASA, this compilation of images from hazard-avoidance cameras on NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity were captured between January 2004 and April 2015 and show the rover's-eye-view covering 26.2 miles(42.2 kilometers) from its landing location. Credit: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

NASA Goes Out On A Hunt Mission For Aliens1m14s

NASA Goes Out On A Hunt Mission For Aliens

Footage of NASA's TESS - Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is on its two year mission. A NASA mission, set to launch by June will continue to try to answer the question “Are we alone?”. TESS short for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite is designed to look for planets beyond our solar system. Over two years, it will scan the entire sky using four cameras created by MIT and monitor 200,000 + stars for dips in brightness, which would indicate a planet passing in front of the star.TESS is expected to identify over 2,000 exoplanets hundreds of which could be Earth-sized. The data will then allow other missions to further explore which planets could support life. The principal goal of the TESS mission is to detect small planets with bright host stars in the solar neighborhood, so that detailed characterizations of the planets and their atmospheres can be performed. ESS will monitor the brightness of more than 200,000 stars during a two year mission, searching for temporary drops in brightness caused by planetary transits. Transits occur when a planet's orbit carries it directly in front of its parent star as viewed from Earth. TESS is expected to catalog more than 1,500 transiting exoplanet candidates, including a sample of ∼500 Earth-sized and ‘Super Earth’ planets, with radii less than twice that of the Earth. TESS will detect small rock-and-ice planets orbiting a diverse range of stellar types and covering a wide span of orbital periods, including rocky worlds in the habitable zones of their host stars.

OuterPlaces
Published: January 23, 2018111,728 plays$704.43 earned
Philae makes historic landing on comet2m01s

Philae makes historic landing on comet

Highlights from coverage of ESA's Rosetta mission soft-landing its Philae probe on a comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, the first time in history that such a feat has been achieved. Credit to 'European Space Agency, ESA'.

NASA video shows sun in stunning Ultra-HD30m24s

NASA video shows sun in stunning Ultra-HD

NASA has released an ultra-high definition 4K video of the sun, titled "Thermonuclear Art". The footage, captured in 10 different wavelengths by the Solar Dynamics Observatory spacecraft, is set to a soundtrack from Lars Leonhard. Credit to 'NASA Goddard'.

Flying through an Aurora in orbit32s

Flying through an Aurora in orbit

A stunning timelapse created from photographs taken on board the International Space Station by the Expedition 40 crew. European Space Agency astronaut Alexander Gerst commented: "We flew right through a massive aurora after last week's solar mass ejection." Credit to ESA (European Space Agency) and NASA.

Jupiter, Venus and our Moon form triangular formation2m33s

Jupiter, Venus and our Moon form triangular formation

From left to right 'brenmichelle' captures the Moon, Jupiter, and Venus as they all appear close to each other in the night sky. Watch what happens when she zooms out from Jupiter (top of the triangle) - those are Jupiter's moons!

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Published: October 20, 20156,992 plays$16.57 earned
Japan launches Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe2m43s

Japan launches Hayabusa 2 asteroid probe

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency successfully launched the Hayabusa 2 space probe on December 3rd, 2014, setting off a 6-year round trip to land on an asteroid, where it will fire a high-speed explosive bullet into the asteroid's crust and collect samples which scientists hope will help reveal the origins of life. Credit to 'Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency'.