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    • SuperTornado: Anatomy of a MegaDisaster - Duration: 29 minutes.

      • 1 month ago
      • 23,990 views
      May 22nd, 2011. A powerful tornado cut a mile-wide swath through Joplin, Missouri. It was the costliest tornado disaster in history, with insured losses close to two billion dollars. It was also o...
    • Cosmic Journeys - Solar Superstorms - Duration: 44 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 87,594 views
      A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena...
    • Cosmic Journeys - Supermassive Black Hole at the Center of the Galaxy - Duration: 31 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 123,651 views
      Feel the pull of the largest object in our galaxy, a supermassive black hole. Astronomers are discovering its properties by probing the objects that are buzzing around it at mind-boggling speeds.
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    • Cosmic Journeys - Hubble: Universe in Motion - Duration: 50 minutes.

      • 6 months ago
      • 180,349 views
      Since its launch 25 Years ago, the Hubble Telescope has returned images of unprecedented beauty of a dynamic and changing universe.

      In this episode of COSMIC JOURNEYS, Hubble’s most iconic images ...
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    • Cosmic Journeys - Glimpsing the Solar System's Birth - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      • 66,569 views
      Where do you look to glimpse the birth of a solar system like ours? Our sun is thought to have formed along with a range of stellar siblings. This star cluster likely moved out on its own, bound by...
    • Cosmic Journeys - The Age of Hubble - Duration: 50 minutes.

      • 9 months ago
      • 263,191 views
      An army of high-tech telescopes, led by Hubble in space, has delivered an unprecedented chain of discoveries about how galaxies took shape, how stars live and die, and how life arose. What are we l...
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    • The Dream of Interstellar Space Flight - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 495,773 views
      Cosmic Journeys explores the challenges of interstellar flight and the technological possibilities that may one day send us on a long voyage out into the galaxy. What imperatives will define the mi...
    • Cosmic Journeys - Life: Destiny or Chance? - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 206,421 views
      Are the universe and its physical laws so fine-tuned that the rise of life is inevitable? Or is life a fluke, a lucky roll of cosmic dice? We look for the answer in the rise of two important compon...
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    • Cosmic Journeys - Fate of Antarctica - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 159,414 views
      The episode of Cosmic Journeys explores the intersection of paleoclimate and current climate science. Through its turbulent history, Antarctica has played an important role in the evolution of plan...
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    • Supervolcanoes - Duration: 28 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 185,904 views
      They are eruptions so vast, so Earth-shattering, they have changed the history of our planet. Climate collapse. Toxic turmoil. Mass extinction. Worse than a killer asteroid, or nuclear war, they ar...
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    • The Search for Earth-like Planets - Duration: 27 minutes.

      • 1 year ago
      • 233,807 views
      Get the latest from the planet-hunting frontier. Find out what we are learning about our place in the cosmos from the search for earth-like planets.

      This journey started tens of thousands of years...
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    • Reinventing Space Flight - Duration: 49 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 269,401 views
      Follow Dr. Ben Longmier and his team into the rugged Alaskan wilderness on a quest to build a whole new type of rocket engine. Their goal is to test sensitive components by launching them into radi...
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    • Mysteries of a Dark Universe - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 784,549 views
      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.

      Is the univers...
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    • The Incredible Journey of Apollo 12 - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 384,496 views
      It's the ultimate buddy movie, with two astronauts hitting the road and landing on the moon.

      Earth. November 14, 1969. Three astronauts, with spacesuits, food, water, and a battery of scientific ...
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    • The Riddle of AntiMatter - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 1,040,410 views
      Explore one of the deepest mysteries about the origin of our universe. According to standard theory, the early moments of the universe were marked by the explosive contact between subatomic particl...
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    • Alien Planets & Eyeball Earths: The Search for Habitable Planets - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 898,494 views
      Find out where to look for Extraterrestrial Life. What planets are likely to have the right conditions? And what makes Earth special? So far, in this age of planet hunting, we've yet to find anythi...
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    • Crashing into the Moon - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 446,738 views
      There was a time when only government agencies had the ability to blast rockets into space, or send missions to worlds beyond our own. These days, countries around the world are preparing to send m...
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    • Is the Universe Infinite? - Duration: 23 minutes.

      • 5 years ago
      • 2,016,526 views
      Explore the biggest question of all. How far do the stars stretch out into space? And what's beyond them? In modern times, we built giant telescopes that have allowed us to cast our gaze deep into ...
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    • Cosmic Journeys - Mars: Earth that Never Was - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 894,210 views
      Did Mars long ago develop far enough for life to arise? If so, does anything still live within Mars' dusty plains, beneath its ice caps, or somewhere underground?

      In 1964 the Mariner Four spacecr...
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    • Birth of the Moon - Duration: 24 minutes.

      • 4 years ago
      • 1,085,865 views
      Scientists have been reconstructing the history of the moon by scouring its surface, mapping its mountains and craters, and probing its interior. What are they learning about our own planet's begin...
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    • Cosmic Journeys - Solar Superstorms - Duration: 44 minutes.

      • 5 months ago
      • 87,594 views
      A fury is building on the surface of the Sun – high-velocity jets, a fiery tsunami wave that reaches 100,000 kilometers high, rising loops of electrified gas. What's driving these strange phenomena...
    • Cosmic Journeys - Glimpsing the Solar System's Birth - Duration: 15 minutes.

      • 7 months ago
      • 66,569 views
      Where do you look to glimpse the birth of a solar system like ours? Our sun is thought to have formed along with a range of stellar siblings. This star cluster likely moved out on its own, bound by...
    • Birth of a Black Hole - Duration: 25 minutes.

      • 3 years ago
      • 752,277 views
      It was one of the greatest mysteries in modern science: a series of brief but extremely bright flashes of ultra-high energy light coming from somewhere out in space. These gamma ray bursts were fir...
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    • Super Hurricanes and Typhoons - Duration: 30 minutes.

      • 2 years ago
      • 674,715 views
      Hurricanes, typhoons, tropical cyclones: they are creatures of tropical seas, sweeping up heat laden waters, converting it to wind, rain, and waves. Why do a rare few evolve into colossal monsters,...
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    • The Infinite Monkey Theorem - Duration: 92 seconds.

      • 5 years ago
      • 50,402 views
      Here's a re-enactment of the famous paradox known as the "infinite monkey theorem."
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    • Where We Stand in the Cosmic Energy Continuum - Duration: 5 minutes, 52 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 79,367 views
      Today, energy is very much on our minds, as we search for ways to power our civilization and serve the needs of our citizens.

      But what is energy? Where does it come from? And where do we stand wi...
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    • Solar Tsunami - Duration: 4 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 4 years ago
      • 70,266 views
      The SOHO spacecraft has recorded the effect of all this rising energy. Its ultraviolet sensors show a wavy pattern of gas on the sun's surface, along with the super-hot halo of gas called the coron...
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    • What an Astronaut's Camera Sees: International Space Station - Duration: 7 minutes, 1 second.

      • 4 years ago
      • 2,284,729 views
      An intimate tour of Earth's most impressive landscapes... as captured by astronauts with their digital cameras. Dr. Justin Wilkinson from NASA's astronaut team describes the special places that spa...
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