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Astronomy: Audio & Video

A guide to the key resources for the academic study of astronomy.

NASA Images

Produced by NASA, but presented and maintained here by The Internet Archive, this is an astonishing collection of digital images.  Includes thematically arranged images from the Hubble Telescope and a host of other NASA sources.

Astronomy Media Player

From the planets to various interstellar bodies, learning about astronomy can be fun and engaging. One way to learn about such matters is via podcasts, and this website is committed to finding the best astronomy podcasts from various places around the world.

Portal to the Universe

Podcasts (audio and video) corralled over at the Portal to the Universe.

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Mixed Media - Apollo 11

The excitement and promise of the Appolla 11 mission can be relived via this extraordinary site created by AOL and the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library. Visitors can make their way through the eleven stages of the mission, complete with audio transmissions from the flight, image galleries, additional video clips, and some tremendous visualizations of the craft in flight.

European Southern Observatory (ESO)

ESO logo Comprised of 14 member countries, the European Southern Observatory (ESO) is an intergovernmental organization with its headquarters in Germany. Although there is much more than audio and video on the ESO website, the multimedia content on offer is robust.

Space Telescope Science Institute

The Space Telescope Science Institute (STScI) captures many astronomy related talks, meetings, symposia, and conferences using a variety of media (audio only, audio and video, various print products reproduced here in electronic format, etc.).  Some recent additions include:

Astro 2010: Astronomy and Astrophysics Decadal Survey (Meeting)
Astrophysics in the Next Decade: JWST and Concurrent Facilities (Meeting)
2009 Spring Symposium - The Search for Life in the Universe (Symposium)
2008 Spring Symposium - A Decade of Dark Energy (Symposium)
Astrophysics 2020: Large Space Missions Beyond the Next Decade (Workshop)
Astrophysics Enabled By the Return to the Moon (Workshop)

The Feynman Messenger Lectures

The Messenger Lectures include seven videos of Dr. Richard Feynman speaking on physics at Cornell University in 1964.  The videos are here presented in Microsoft’s Project Tuva (requires browser plugin download), which enhances the videos with closed captions, note-taking capabilities, links to related resources, video navigation functions, and more.   The lectures are excellent (each of the seven videos is over 45 minutes, but less than an hour) and Project Tuva is an interesting new tool.

http://research.microsoft.com/apps/tools/tuva/index.html (Or click on image below)

Feynman Messenger Lectures