Super Bowl of Astronomy

The annual meeting of the American Astronomical Society, a.k.a. the “Super Bowl of Astronomy” was held in Washington DC last week. While it might not have as much cachet as the Consumer Electronics Show, great tidbits from the conference do slip into the mainstream media from time to time.

For example, Phys.org did a nice story about this 360° Video that shows a fly-through of a simulation of our galactic center. It was generated using data from Chandra X-ray Observatory and other telescopes.


Here is a non-360° version with narration.

One of the best things about the video is that it only takes one click from that to stumble upon a treasure trove of other videos on Chandra’s YouTube Channel where you can find numerous other Playlists to explore.

This Ultra HD fly-through of the Orion Nebula from the Hubble Space Telescope was also released this week.

Again, the beauty of the video, besides the content, is that it is also just a click away from Hubble’s YouTube Channel where there are other Ultra HD Astronomy Visualizations as well as other Playlists to explore.

Beware though, if you click too much, you might get lost in space for a long, long time 🙂

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