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Crab Nebula
January 5, 2020

NASA's Great Observatories Help Astronomers Build a 3D Visualization of Exploded Star

In the year 1054 AD, Chinese sky watchers witnessed the sudden appearance of a "new star" in the heavens, which they recorded as six times brighter than Venus, making it the brightest observed stellar event in recorded history. This "guest star," as they described it, was so bright that people saw it in the sky during the day for almost a month. Native Americans also recorded its mysterious appearance in petroglyphs. Now, astronomers and visualization specialists from the NASA's Universe of Learning program have combined the visible, infrared, and X-ray vision of NASA's Great Observatories to create a three-dimensional representation of the dynamic Crab Nebula.

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The Habitable Zone: Scorched Earth Enigma (Artist’s Visualization Still)
July 9, 2019

Habitable Zone: Scorched Earth Enigma

What can turn a seemingly perfect ocean-rich planet into an uninhabitable desert wasteland? Two future space explorers (played by Cas Anvar and Cara Gee of "The Expanse") aim to find out in "The Habitable Zone: Scorched Earth Enigma," a science grounded sci-fi video from the NASA’s Universe of Learning project.

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Explore Exoplanets with NASA and Stars of “The Expanse” and “General Hospital”
February 6, 2019

Explore Exoplanets with NASA and Stars of “The Expanse” and “General Hospital”

Actors Cas Anvar and Cara Gee from the acclaimed sci-fi TV series “The Expanse” team up with Parry Shen of “General Hospital” to search for potentially habitable planets beyond our solar system in a new educational video series called “The Habitable Zone.” The videos introduce audiences to the science of exoplanets and their potential for habitability through a framework of short science fiction stories. 

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Viewspace logo above Earth image
December 10, 2018

Interactive Website Reveals The Unseen Universe

The universe is filled with light that we can’t see without specialized detectors. Beyond light visible to the human eye are other forms of light, including infrared, ultraviolet, and X-ray. The difference between these “invisible” forms of light lies in their wavelength. By observing at many different wavelengths, astronomers can gain a more complete picture of the cosmos. New interactive sliders on the website lets visitors explore the multiwavelength universe in an intuitive way.

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