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I may have referenced Open Culture before, but if it’s something that I discovered before, I barely scratched the surface. I really discovered Open Culture this weekend, and although I’m quite fond of all of the site’s resources, I’m especially feeling the Science Content (not surprisingly).

First, a bit of what Open Culture is all about:

Open Culture brings together high-quality cultural & educational media for the worldwide lifelong learning community. Web 2.0 has given us great amounts of intelligent audio and video. It’s all free. It’s all enriching. But it’s also scattered across the web, and not easy to find. Our whole mission is to centralize this content, curate it, and give you access to this high quality content whenever and wherever you want it. Free audio books, free online courses, free movies, free language lessons, free ebooks and other enriching content — it’s all here.

It sounds a bit general, but they really do a great job of centralizing interesting material. Check it out for yourself at OpenCulture.com or scroll down for my favourite OC playlist: Astronomy and Space Travel…

Before we do that, this is getting a bit wordy, so here’s a picture of David Bowie in the Labyrinth…

Astronomy & Space Travel

  • A Brief, Wondrous Tour of Earth (From Outer Space) Video – Recorded from August to October, 2011 at the International Space Station, this HD footage offers a brilliant tour of our planet and stunning views of the aurora borealis.
  • A Universe from Nothing Video – In 53 minutes, theoretical physicist Lawrence Krauss answers some big enchilada questions, including how the universe came from nothing.
  • A Year of the Moon in 2.5 MinutesVideo – The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been orbiting the moon for over a year. The footage gets compressed into 2 slick minutes.
  • A Day on Earth (as Seen From Space)Video – Astronaut Don Pettit trained his camera on planet Earth, took a photo once every 15 seconds, and then created a brilliant time-lapse film.
  • Atlantis’s Final Landing at Kennedy Space Center – Video – After more than 30 years, the space shuttle era comes to a close. Video runs 30 minutes. July, 2011.
  • Cassini Solstice Mission: Saturn’s Moons Meet Nine Inch NailsVideo – Incredible black-and-white images of Saturn and its moons, all captured by Cassini’s “camera.”
  • Death by Black HoleVideo – Neil deGrasse Tyson, head of the Hayden Planetarium in NYC, breaks down what our demise would look like.
  • Earthrise in HDVideo – In November 2007, Japan’s Kaguya spacecraft orbited the moon and captured the first HD footage of an “earthrise” and “earthset.”
  • Endeavour’s Launch Viewed from Booster Cameras Video – On board camera show liftoff from multiple angles.
  • First 360 Degree View of the Sun Video – Courtesy of NASA.
  • “First Orbit”: Celebrating 50th Anniversary of Yuri Gagaran’s Space Flight Video – 99-minute documentary recreates Yuri Gagarin’s historic launch into space on April 12, 1961.
  • How Large is the Universe?Video – Fascinating 20-minute documentary by Thomas Lucas and Dave Brody exploring the universe’s immense scale of distance and time.
  • Jupiter Slips Behind the SunVideo – NASA’s STEREO spacecraft sees Jupiter move behind the Sun in this 30 hour animation compressed into just 11 seconds.
  • Landing on the Moon: July 20, 1969Video – Does it ever get old to watch?
  • NASA: The Frontier is EverywhereVideo – An homage to NASA modeled after Michael Marantz’s short film, Earth: The Pale Blue Dot.
  • NASA Captures Giant Solar Storm Video – Amazing video captured in high def by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory.
  • NASA Lauches Photo Archive on FlickrImages – A photo archive covering a half century of NASA’s photographic history.
  • NASA Zooms into Spiral Galaxy Video – A stunning view of the spiral galaxy NGC 2841, which lies 46 million light-years away in the constellation of Ursa Major (The Great Bear)
  • Solar Eclipse Seen From Outer Space Video – NASA STEREO spacecraft sees the disk of the Moon pass in front of the Sun in a view never seen before by human eyes.
  • Stars Orbiting Black Holes – Video – “One of the coolest movies in all of science.” Shows stars orbiting around a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy over the past 15 earth years.
  • Stephen Hawking: Abandon Earth Or Face Extinction – Video – That makes space – planets beyond our own – the next great frontier.
  • Touring the Earth from Space (in HD)Video – Give NASA 7 minutes, and they’ll show you the Earth’s most impressive landscapes — as seen from space.
  • The Aurora Borealis Viewed from Orbit (and What Creates Those Northern Lights?) Video – Two videos in one. A brilliant view of the Northern Lights from space, and an animated video explaining the forces behind the Aurora Borealis.
  • The Best of NASA Space Shuttle Videos (1981-2010) Video – Matt Melis, a NASA engineer, has compiled what he calls the “best of the best, state of the art” video produced by the space shuttle program.
  • The Life of a StarVideo – 12 billion years in 6 minutes.
  • The Milky Way over TexasVideo – 45 second timelapse video of the “Galactic Center of the Milky Way” rising over Texas Star Party (2009).
  • The Moon Up Close, in HD Video – NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter shows us the Moon’s surface (mountains, craters and the rest) in HD.
  • The Soundtrack of the UniverseVideo – Janna Levin (Columbia University) on how we can mathematically model sounds made by black holes.
  • The Wisdom of Carl Sagan Animated Video – The Pale Blue Dot put into animation by animation student Adam Winnik.
  • What a Hurricane Looks Like From Outer Space Video – Hurricane Dean captured by a NASA crew in 2007.
  • What Does 47 Billion Light Years (in Radius) Look Like?Video – The size of our universe visualized using pictures from the Hubble Space Telescope
  • What It Feels Like to Fly Over Planet Earth Video – James Drake, a professor of Physics at U. Maryland, downloaded 600 images from The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth, stitched them together and produced an amazing view of our planet.
  • When Galaxies Collide Video – A preview of what will happen 3 to 5 billion years from now, when our galaxy will likely merge with the Andromeda galaxy.
  • William Shatner Narrates Space Shuttle Documentary Video – 80 minute documentary commemorates the 30 year Space Shuttle program.