Astronomy Documentaries

EARTHRISE: The First Lunar Voyage

This film tells the interesting story of how it came to be that the United States Government joined the space race and challenged NASA to embark on a mission to explore the moon.

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The Revelation of the Pyramids

The Discovery That Changed the World

This documentary by Jacques Grimault and Patrice Pooyard posts some disturbing questions and their unbelievable answers. The Great Pyramid of Giza is one of the seven wonders of the ancient world and the only one that is still standing today.

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The Year of Pluto

Our Solar System has a mysterious zone that holds the clue to our origins. NASA has been trying since 2006 to gain access to this zone aboard the biggest rocket yet.

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Overview

Life-changing stories of seeing the Earth from the outside

In December of 1968, Apollo 8 went to the moon. When the cameras turned to give viewers a look of Earth, many were touched deeply beyond words.

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The Mars Underground

Pioneers for the Next World

For some, Mars is the answer to man’s future survival. Others say Mars is too far, too dangerous, and too expensive for humans to explore.

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The Man Who Hunts Spy Satellites

French engineer Thierry Legault believes that people have a right to know that there are spy satellites (among others) above our heads.

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Anatomy of the Sun

Have you ever wondered what makes up the sun? Is it solid? Is it a liquid? Is it a gas? With a diameter of more than 100 times that of the Earth and a surface temperature of five thousand degrees Celcius, one can safely conclude that the sun is very big and very hot.

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Known Universe: The Most Explosive

The Most Explosive things in the Universe.  This documentary reads like a love letter to the Big Bang theory. All the pyrotechnics out there should count their lucky blessings that the Universe began with such a bang.

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Known Universe: The Biggest and Smallest

Size Matters: from our vast solar system to our galaxy and universe. Enormity is unimaginable. Then the particles and atoms…smaller and larger than we can comprehend.

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Measuring the Universe

“So, the universe is absolutely huge. Imagine yourself driving down a road…” Thus starts this playful and information-packed four minute journey through the universe.

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Violent Universe

Violent Universe offers something for everyone.

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Cosmic Journeys: Birth of the Moon

Cosmic Journeys has released the latest in their very popular science series. BIRTH OF THE MOON tells the story of how Earth’s moon came to be.

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Time Lapse From Space

Literally, The Journey Home

Around the world in 80 days? How about around the world in 7 minutes!  This short video footage is space eye candy.

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Welcome to Mars

Meet Spirit and Opportunity. They look like WALL-E. They are exploring Mars – something that people in 1969 thought we would have done by now in person.

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Mysteries of a Dark Universe

Cosmology, the study of the universe as a whole, has been turned on its head by a stunning discovery that the universe is flying apart in all directions at an ever-increasing rate.

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Inside the Milky Way

Inside the Milky Way takes viewers on an astounding journey across 100,000 light-years to witness key moments in the history of the Milky Way.

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Is the Universe Infinite?

The shape of the universe is determined by a struggle between the momentum of expansion and the pull of gravity. The rate of expansion is expressed by the Hubble Constant, Ho, while the strength of gravity depends on the density and pressure of the matter in the universe.

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Hubble: 15 Years of Discovery

Hubble images come to vast, interactive life in this IMAX movie, “Hubble,” that takes audiences through the telescope’s history and puts them in orbit with astronauts during the latest servicing mission.

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The Space Shuttle

An idea born in unsettled times becomes a feat of engineering excellence. The most complex machine ever built to bring humans to and from space and eventually construct the next stop on the road to space exploration.

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The Planets

Episode 1: Different Worlds A look at space travel and the latest planetary explorations. Episode 2: Terra Firma The story of the pioneering missions to our neighboring worlds.

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Mysteries of Deep Space

Episode 1: To the Edge of Time Today, the science of astronomy is being transformed by a new age of technological advances.

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Cosmic Voyage

Cosmic Voyage takes on a similar format as the National Film Board of Canada’s “Cosmic Zoom”, and IBM’s classic “Powers of Ten” educational video.

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Cosmic Energy: Cold Sparks to Black Holes

What’s the hottest place in the universe? What’s it like inside a Black Hole? This video climbs the power scales of the universe, from the coldest and bleakest reaches of our galaxy on out to the hottest and most violent places known.

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Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

Episode 1: The Shores of the Cosmic Ocean In this highly acclaimed series written for PBS by astronomer/author Dr. Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, the universe is the topic of discussion.

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