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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ASTRONOMY & SPACE: ASTRONOMY - THE VERY LARGE ARRAY TELESCOPE

The Very Large Array, or VLA, telescope was built by the National Radio Astronomy Observatory to investigate radio waves from a variety of astronomical objects. This enormous array includes 27 antennas that look into deep space to see quasars, pulsars, remnants of supernova, gamma ray bursts, radio-emitting stars, the sun and planets, black holes, and the hydrogen gas that constitutes a large portion of the Milky Way galaxy. This program takes a look at how the telescope works and some of the magnificent images it produces.

DVD / 2015 / (High School or above) / 12 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ASTRONOMY & SPACE: COMET - VISITORS FROM SPACE

Comets have been causing fear in the minds of humans for millennia. Now new spacecraft are giving us insights into their composition and behavior. Comets allow us to study what the solar system was like in its formative period. They orbit the Sun in the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud. This program teaches students about comets and helps students understand why comets cause both fear and fascination.

DVD / 2014 / (High School or above) / 11 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ASTRONOMY & SPACE: FAR OUT - MEASURING THE UNIVERSE

How far is a star or a galaxy? Scaling and measuring the cosmos is a complex problem. Scientists are integrating mathematical applications and scientific technology to create standards. Distances are so vast they are described in light years the distance light travels in a year. Nearby stars are measured by trigonometry the technique of parallax. Farther out, astronomers use so-called standard candles, the Type Ia supernovae is the standard candle basis. Beyond that the electromagnetic redshift of galaxies reveals their distances.

DVD / 2014 / (High School or above) / 11 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ASTRONOMY & SPACE: THE BIG BANG & BLACK HOLES - ZERO TO ZILLIONS THEORY

This programming explores theories of the Universe exploding from an infinitesimal speck to create matter, radiation, time and space. In the first trillion-trillion-trillionth of a second, the cosmos grew a hundred million times to less than the size of an atom. Then, in another instant, the Universe was the size of a galaxy. Now, billions of years later and strung along vast filaments, our Universe has some 50-billion galaxies that continue to expand as stars within them are born, live and die. In the second half of this program, the creation and disappearance of black holes is explored. These occur when a massive star dies. As the star's outer layers cascade into space, the core collapses to beyond the visible and becomes a voracious gravitational trap from which nothing, not even light, escapes.

DVD / 2014 / (High School or above) / 20 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - ASTRONOMY & SPACE: YONDER TO INFINITY - THE END OF THE UNIVERSE

This program discusses the concept of the expanding Universe. Calculations by astrophysicists show that the cosmos seems to be speeding up. The 50-billion galaxies thought to comprise our Universe are rapidly moving farther apart. As our Sun's energy diminishes, scientists are working to understand the nature of space called mysterious dark energy and dark matter believed to comprise 96 percent of the Universe. With each discovery made by astronomers and astrophysicists, we find there is so much more to learn.

DVD / 2014 / (High School or above) / 11 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - RADIO ASTRONOMY: THE ALMA TELESCOPE

The Atacama large Millimeter/Sub-millimeter Array, or ALMA, is a vast array of radio telescopes and the most powerful observatory of its kind. ALMA is stationed in the Atacama Desert of Chile which is one of the worlds best sites for observational astronomy because of the high altitude, nearly non-existent cloud cover, dry air and lack of light pollution and radio interference due to the small populations. ALMA peers into previously hidden regions of space with unprecedented sharpness and sensitivity.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 10 minutes

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SHOW ME SCIENCE ADVANCED - SPACE SCIENCE: EVERYDAY ASTRONAUTS

With the retirement of NASA's space shuttle fleet in 2011, the role of getting people, satellites and other instruments into space falls to private companies. As of June 2011, there have been only 523 people to reach the 100 kilometer mark (considered human spaceflight), and only 24 have traveled beyond low Earth orbit. It is projected that within ten years, the number of people who will have flown into space will increase by about 600 percent due to the increasing market of suborbital spaceflight and the possibility of private citizens utilizing space flight. This program explains suborbital and orbital spaceflight and the requirements necessary for vehicles to achieve these journeys. We go behind the scenes of many of the private companies involved in taking on the tasks to travel to low Earth orbit and beyond and uncover some of the technology used to accomplish these goals.

DVD / 2012 / (High School or above) / 16 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - NASA MAN: DR. VAUGHAN CLIFT

Dr. Vaughn Clift develops medical technology for astronauts at NASA (National Aeronautic and Space Agency) in Houston, Texas. The bizarre conditions in space are a great stimulus to creative solutions to very unusual problems. Amongst other things, he has invented a simple way of collecting and preserving blood without the need for refrigeration. This dried-blood technology is already earning NASA billions of dollars in "spin-offs" for the medical industry. Dr. Clift shows us the sort of work he does, while taking viewers on a guided tour around the Johnson Space Center. Here we see the Space Shuttle Trainer, also the chamber where researchers are locked away for months to study recycling, and the famous "Vomit Comet," an aircraft that dives to simulate zero gravity. Dr. Clift is not only an amusing, sometimes hilarious host, but also is passionate about space.

DVD / 2008 / (Children's) / 30 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - MOORE ON THE MOON

Sir Patrick Moore is one of the best-known and most respected astronomers in the world. For many, he is the popular face of astronomy, having presented the BBC's longest-running program, "The Sky at Night," for nearly 50 years. Behind Moore's infectious enthusiasm and eccentric style lies a knowledge and passion for his subject, the Moon. In this thorough examination of the sky, Sir Patrick reviews our present knowledge of the Moon, using illustrations, diagrams, rare film archives and exclusive NASA footage of the Apollo landings, including Neil Armstrong's first walk on the lunar surface. But Moore does not stop there. Here he not only addresses important questions about the Moon that still remain for mankind, but also he guides us through ten of the most important scientific discoveries to come out of lunar research, and he summarizes the stories behind ten of the most memorable images sent back to Earth from the Apollo missions.

DVD / 2007 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - BLACK HOLES, PULSARS, AND OTHER ODD BODIES

This DVD introduces some of the oddest objects in space: black holes, bottomless gravity pits that can trap even light; neutron stars, more massive than our Sun but packed into spheres less than ten miles across; quasars, those beacons from the dawn of the universe; and, for an explosive finale, supernovas. Magnetars and the Local Bubble are also discussed, along with CHIPS, the Cosmic Hot Interstellar Plasma Spectrometer.

DVD / 2006 / () / 23 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - IS ANYBODY OUT THERE?

What are the odds that life exists elsewhere in the universe, and what are we doing to find out? Topics in this DVD range from the meaning of the Drake Equation and assumptions being used to narrow the vast field of stars in which scientists are searching, to the Doppler and transit methods of discovering extrasolar planets, to three initiatives that will help pinpoint probable life -supporting worlds: the Kepler mission, the spectroscopic Life Finder mission, and the Terrestrial Planet Finder observatories.

DVD / 2006 / () / 27 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - JUST HOW BIG IS SPACE?

This DVD reveals the immensity of space by showing how its vast distances are measured and by examining the strange effects of Einstein's Theory of Relativity on space travel. Topics include the units of measure in astronomy; how scientists estimate distances through parallax calculations, the inverse square law of light brightness, and the Cepheid variable, Doppler shift, and supernova methods; and time dilation, space dilation, and the distorting effect of gravity on the space -time continuum - all things to take into account as we study the universe.

DVD / 2006 / () / 27 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - LIVING IN SPACE

This DVD gives students a dramatic view of what it's like to live and work in space with action footage of the International Space Station, the Buran -Energia Shuttle, the Mir Space Station, and Skylab. The pros and cons of living in an environment lacking Earth's gravity, protective atmosphere, and moderate temperatures (relatively speaking) are considered, and the future of space exploration, as outlined in George W. Bush's "A Renewed Spirit of Discovery" address, is mapped out.

DVD / 2006 / () / 24 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - THE INVISIBLE UNIVERSE

In the darkness of space, invisible energy fills the vast regions between the stars. This DVD sheds light on intergalactic radio waves, microwaves, X -rays, deadly gamma rays, and other forms of energy not visible to the naked eye. Information on technology for seeing the invisible universe such as the Very Large Array radio telescope, the Infrared Astronomical Satellite, the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory, the Hubble Space Telescope, and the Chandra and Newton X -ray Observatories will give students a new view of the "emptiness" of space.

DVD / 2006 / () / 24 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - THE PLANETS

Any study of the universe requires a solid understanding of the solar system -home sweet home and the launching pad for intergalactic exploration. This DVD explains how the solar system formed and offers plenty of detailed information on the inner planets, the gas giants, and mysterious Pluto: The ninth planet? A renegade moon? The minimum requirements for planetary life as we know it and the specifics of the Sun, asteroids, comets, and the planets' many moons are also given.

DVD / 2006 / () / 29 minutes

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CORE SCIENCE: SPACE SCIENCE - THE SUN AND STARS

This video looks deep into space to learn how stars are born and how, eventually, they die. Each stage is covered: the formation of proto-stars, the nuclear ignition of main sequence stars, the cooling of red giants, the compaction of white dwarfs, and the final drama: death by burnout as a black dwarf or by supernova. Special attention is given to the Sun¡Xits effect on the Earth, its projected life span, and its various levels, from corona to core, and their characteristics¡Xas well as to spectrographic analysis of starlight and star classification with the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram.

DVD / 2006 / () / 25 minutes

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YESTERDAY THE MOON, TOMORROW MARS?

How did we get to the Moon? What have we accomplished in the years since? And what challenges lie ahead? To answer these questions, this video tracks the history of Projects Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo; touches on Skylab, the International Space Station, the space shuttle, and the crew exploration vehicle; and considers next steps toward colonizing Mars, including robotic data-gathering missions involving the Spirit and Opportunity rovers, the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, and the Mars Science Laboratory. Plans to return to the Moon are also discussed.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2006 / () / 24 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - MARS: THE RED FRONTIER

Mars and Earth are brother and sister - or they were 4 billion years ago. They started life as equals, with similar atmospheres, planetary features and climates. On Earth life has flourished, but what happened to Mars? There are many people seeking the answer to that question, including paleontologist and fossil hunter, Professor Malcolm Walter, who has been enlisted by NASA. His instinct tells him the best way to study Mars is by exploring Earth - specifically, the sites of ancient hot springs. It's now suspected that hydrothermal systems were once a bubbling cauldron of emerging life forms. By studying such places, Professor Walter is able to identify similar spots on Mars, the places we are most likely to find signs of past life. It is in these locations that NASA will land the flotilla of spacecraft that it's sending to the Red Planet over the next two decades.

DVD (Closed Captioned) / 2005 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - ASTRO SMILES: LAUGHS IN SPACE

Astronaut Walter "Wally" Schirra, one of America's original Mercury Seven astronauts, and the only one who flew in all three of the nation's pioneering space programs, Mercury, Gemini, and Apollo, is the perfect host for this program that looks at the "lighter" side of space travel. Here, between important experiments and duties of the astronauts, we are treated to seeing the often zany side of life in space; where, because of the effects of zero gravity, upside down and right side up are not necessarily so and astronauts literally bounce off the walls.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - MARS: THE RED PLANET

Apollo astronaut Charles "Charlie" Duke, the 10th human to walk on the moon, hosts this digitally re-mastered classic of the red planet, Mars. Here we discover how the mysteries of Mars were uncovered as NASA's Viking missions provided never-before-seen footage of the planet that astronomers spent centuries speculating about, including its canal-like markings and mountainous regions.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 30 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - THE UNIVERSE

Astronaut Russel "Rusty" Schweickart, who traveled into space aboard Apollo 9, introduces this documentary that address the questions: what is the universe? And could there be life in the universe? Appropriately narrated by actor William Shatner (Star Trek), this program goes beyond the earth, the solar system and the Milky Way, deep into the vast reaches of the cosmos. Utilizing new and archival footage, along with computer-generated animation, we see the universe evolving and developing and is populated by clouds of gas and dust, red giants and white dwarfs, clusters of galaxies with billions of stars.

DVD / 2004 / (Intermediate, Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 35 minutes

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ASTRONOMY, THE - WHO'S OUT THERE? THE SEARCH FOR EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL LIFE

Academy Award® -winner Orson Welles became world famous for his1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds, which depicted monstrous life-forms from Mars invading Earth; so who could be better than he to host this digitally re-mastered classic that offers an investigation of extraterrestrial life and seeks answers to the questions: Is there intelligent life on other planets, and, if yes, could they know we exist? Welles and a number of distinguished scientists take viewers from science fiction to science fact, offering new views of interstellar discoveries and findings about the nature of life itself. This documentary, which was years ahead of its time, is followed by a panel discussion that features Dr. Carl Sagan and Dr. Achley Montagu.

DVD / 2004 / (Junior High, Senior High, College, Adult) / 60 minutes

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AMERICA IN SPACE - THE FIRST 40 YEARS

A video treasure, this DVD offers the complete saga of America's fi rst 40 years in space. Best of all, the historical footage has been restored and edited to broadcast quality, resulting in amazing picture and sound quality.

Features:
~ Original Mercury, Gemini and Apollo flights and moon landing
~ Skylab, America's fi rst space station
~ Space shuttle missions
~ International space station
~ On to Mars!


DVD / / () / 90 minutes

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OBSERVATIONAL ASTRONOMY: RE-CREATING A NIGHT SKY OBSERVING SESSION

By Richard Erwin

Students may have seen pictures of the famous Horsehead Nebula or Andromeda Galaxy, but where does one look in the sky to find these objects, and what can one expect to see when viewing these objects through the eyepiece of an amateur telescope?

Designed for introductory astronomy courses, Observational Astronomy re-creates a night sky observing session on the computer. Using specialized astrophotography, Observational Astronomy explores the night sky revealing the deep-sky objects hidden within the constellations. Nebulas, galaxies, and star clusters are first located and then observed in a setting similar to that of a night lab.

Students are initially presented with a naked-eye view of the stars with the option to superimpose constellation lines. Students then zero-in on the location of a deep-sky object and progress through various telescope viewing options:

i) View through the eyepiece of an amateur telescope (14" aperture).
ii) Time-exposed image with an amateur telescope.
iii) Time-exposed image with an observatory telescope or the Hubble Space Telescope.

This progression bridges the gap between what is seen through the eyepiece of an amateur telescope and the time-exposed observatory images seen in textbooks.

Observational Astronomy can be operated in quiz mode where students are tested and scored on their ability to properly identify constellations and deep sky objects, or use the Quiz Editor to create your own questions.


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VIRTUAL ASTRONOMY LABORATORY: COMPUTER-BASED LABS FOR INTRODUCTORY ASTRONOMY

By Ian Littlewood

Many of the astronomical observations and measurements which are of interest in introductory astronomy labs are not practical for a variety of reasons, including equipment restrictions, complexity, and night time viewing requirements. The 30 computer-based labs contained in Virtual Astronomy Laboratory are designed to give students a simulated view of the sky, allow them to make measurements with simulated astronomical instruments, and provide the tools to analyze the data they have collected. Virtual Astronomy Laboratory brings a hands-on experimental lab component to astronomy courses, requiring only basic math skills on the student's part. The carefully selected collection of labs are appropriate for introductory astronomy courses at the high school and college level.

Virtual Astronomy Laboratory puts some of astronomy's most useful instruments into the hands of students - precise telescope controls to measure angular size; a photometer to measure light intensity; and a spectrograph to measure Doppler-shifted spectral lines. Time-lapse and time-exposure photographic observing methods are also simulated.


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