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E0102 in 60 Seconds (High Definition)

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
The supernova remnant known as E0102 was one of the targets that Chandra first observed after its launch in 1999.

Behind the Scenes with Project PHaEDRA Step 1

Smithsonian Institution
Want to learn more about how the Project Phaedra collections--including all the notebooks from the Women Glass Computers--from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics get processed, cataloged, digitized, and ultimately imported into the Transcription Center for volunpeers to work on? Check out this video--the first in a new behind-the-scenes series- from Project Phaedra Staff. Want to learn more? email us anytime at

Meet the Team Doing Groundbreaking Evolutionary Research

Smithsonian Channel
To effectively gather data about native flycatchers, Solomon Islands-based biologist Albert Uy must rely on the help of local guides, as well as his own wife. They make quite a team. From: ISLANDS OF CREATION"

NMNH East Court Library construction June 2010

Smithsonian Libraries
A sneak preview, hardhat video tour of work being done on the new east court location for the National Museum of Natural History's main library (June 9, 2010) The first segment is of the basement collections area, the second segment is the 1st floor "commons" and stacks area.

Vesta's Surface Comes Into View

National Air and Space Museum
This movie from NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA shows a dark feature near the equator of the giant asteroid Vesta moving from left to right across the field of view as Vesta rotates. It is roughly 100 kilometers (60 miles) in diameter. The 20 frames of the movie (repeated 5 times here) were obtained by NASA's Dawn spacecraft for navigation purposes on June 1, 2011.

Yuri's Office time-lapse installation

Smithsonian American Art Museum
The installation of Yuri's Office by Eve Sussman and Rufus Corporation captured in time-lapse. It's now on view as part of our Watch This! Revelations in Media Art show as the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Was Lead Belly a protest singer? NMAAHC director Lonnie Bunch III

Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage
Although Lead Belly sang songs such as "Bourgeois Blues" and "Jim Crow Blues," was he a protest singer? Lonnie Bunch III, historian and director of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture discusses the question. Lead Belly: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Order here: The content and comments posted here are subject to the Smithsonian Institution copyright and privacy policy (/ Smithsonian reserves the right in its sole discretion to remove any content at any time.

Star Stories: Itcohorucika and His Brothers

National Museum of the American Indian
This animation tells the Ho-Chunk story of jealous brothers and good brothers, who are really stars. It is one of nine traditional Native American stories that are part of the National Museum of the American Indian inaugural exhibition "Our Universes: Traditional Knowledge Shapes Our World," which is on view through April 20, 2019.

Power of Giving 2016 | Sustainability & the Environment: Conservation and Social Responsibility

National Museum of American History
On November 29, 2016, the National Museum of American History hosted its second Philanthropy Initiative symposium, The Power of Giving: Philanthropy’s Impact on American Life. Programming focused on the annual theme—philanthropy’s historic and contemporary role in addressing issues of sustainability and the environment. Featured speakers included Erin Barnes, Austin Blackmon, Jean Case, Brian Clark Howard, Katherine Lorenz, Gifford Pinchot III, Nancy Pinchot, Philip Rigdon, David M. Rubenstein, Michael Scott, Sonal Shah, Lisa Pike Sheehy, Ted Steinberg, Mark Tercek, and Darryl Young.

When Will History Repeat Itself?

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
Astronomers think that a supernova should go off in our own Milky Way galaxy every 50 years or so. When was the last one we've seen? Probably 1604. Yes, that's over 400 years ago. This being astronomy however, things will undoubtedly average out over the long run, but in the meantime, we're left without a recent supernova in our Galaxy to study. Luckily for us, astronomers from previous centuries were on the case.

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory

Panda Cub at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

National Zoo
The Smithsonian's National Zoo's female giant panda Mei Xiang gave Panda Cam viewers another sneak peek of her cub, born Sunday Sept. 16. At about 7:54 a.m. Sept. 20, Mei Xiang gently picked the squealing cub up in her mouth before placing it on the ground to groom it. Keepers continue to be encouraged by the cub's activity and vocalizations—two signs that it is healthy. Mei Xiang is able to sleep for brief periods but promptly cradles, grooms and nurses her cub when it vocalizes. Zoo staff and volunteers are diligently monitoring both bears over the Panda Cam, minimizing disturbances around their den. The behavior studies are an integral part of the Zoo's research effort to better understand the species' reproductive physiology. We will continue to send media alerts about cub developments. To follow the panda cub's progress, read the updates from the Zoo's panda keepers and check for news on the Zoo's Twitter feed and Facebook page.

Incredible Timelapse of Dry Badlands Thunderstorm

Smithsonian Channel
In South Dakota, thousands of fireflies, in the midst of a mating ritual, compete against the bright stars that light up the dark skies of the Badlands. Often, it's hard to tell one from the other. From the Show: America's Badlands

Imagining a Re-Oriented Future in Chicago’s 10th District

Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
This video is featured in the exhibition 'By the People: Designing a Better America,' on view at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum September 2016–February 2017. Learn more at / By Sarah Williams, Laurie Rubel, Erica Deahl, Valeria Mogilevich. Courtesy of Courtesy of Studio Gang. THIS VIDEO HAS NO SOUND.

3-D Visualization of Cassiopeia A

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
A research team has released a unique look of the supernova remnant Cassiopeia A (Cas A). By combining data from Chandra, the Spitzer Space Telescope, and ground- based optical observations, astronomers have been able to construct the first three-dimensional fly-through of a supernova remnant. This visualization (shown here as a still image) was made possible by importing the data into a medical imaging program that has been adapted for astronomical use. The green region shown in the image is mostly iron observed in X-rays; the yellow region is mostly argon and silicon seen in X-rays, optical and infrared and the red region is cooler debris seen in the infrared. The positions of these points in three-dimensional space were found by using the Doppler effect and simple assumptions about the supernova explosion.

The Top of Her Class

Smithsonian Channel
Meet the M.V. Solitaire, the world's biggest and fastest pipe-layer. Will she still be able to smoke the competition on her toughest assignment yet? From the Series: Mighty Ships: M.V. Solitaire

Mystery of the Hope Diamond: Behind the Scenes

Smithsonian Channel
Our film crew recreates the glamorous life of socialite Evalyn Walsh McLean. The one-time owner of the Hope Diamond was rumored to occasionally display the Hope Diamond on the neck of her Great Dane. From: MYSTERY OF THE HOPE DIAMOND

SSEP 2012 - Jim Zimbelman

National Air and Space Museum
The second annual Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP) National Conference was held at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum on July 2 and 3, 2012. This student science symposium allowed student teams from all over the country to share their designs and results for experiments conducted on the International Space Station. This video includes the presentation: "Artifacts of Planetary Robotic Exploration" by by Dr. James Zimbelman, Planetary Geologist, Center for Earth and Planetary Studies, Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

SN1996cr in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
In 1995 or 1996 a supernova exploded in a nearby galaxy, but no one on Earth knew it at the time.

DEM L50 in 60 Seconds

Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory
DEM L50 is what astronomers call a superbubble. These objects are found in regions where massive stars have formed, raced through their evolution, and exploded as supernovas.

How (and why) do we count living things?

Smithsonian Education
Entomologist C. J. Geraci and colleague Michael Biondi explain the importance of this information and demonstrate a new way of precisely measuring biodiversity — a web-based application for mapping the distribution of beetles and canopy trees in two rainforest plots. They then show how to use basic spatial statistics to examine distribution patterns of species. Presented by: Christy Jo Geraci & Michael Biondi, entomology, National Museum of Natural History Original Airdate: April 29, 2010 You can stay connected with the Smithsonian's upcoming online events and view a full collection of past sessions on a variety of topics.:

Gordon Moore

National Museum of American History
A founder of Intel Corporation, Gordon Moore (1929–) is best remembered for “Moore’s Law,” which predicted in 1965 that the number of components that could be packed onto microchips would double every two years. This bullish prediction has proved remarkably accurate over five decades, due to aggressive innovation at Intel and other companies. This video is featured in the "Computer Pioneers" section of the American Enterprise exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. (The video does not have an audio track). Section link: Exhibition link:

Exit Interview: Luke Biondi

Smithsonian Institution
OFI intern Luke Biondi reflecting on his last day at Smithsonian.
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