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Astronomers track hypervelocity stars

New video shows 6 hypervelocity stars, zipping from Milky Way center to outskirts. An interaction with our galaxy’s central, supermassive black hole might have kicked them into fast motion.

Solar minimum is coming

Low ebb in the 11-year sunspot cycle expected 2019-2020. Want some basic information about the sunspot cycle and its effects? Watch this NASA ScienceCast.

Breathtaking night-shining clouds

Wonderful video showing noctilucent – or night-shining – clouds recorded on July 1 and 4. These clouds shine in the darkness, typically on summer nights.

Make a pinhole projector for eclipse-watching

You don’t need fancy equipment to watch a solar eclipse. This video shows you how to make a pinhole camera with just a few simple supplies.

Do you have what it takes to live on Mars?

If it’s your dream to travel to the Red Planet, check out this video for some things you might want to consider.

Solar eclipse safe viewing tips

If you’re planning to watch the August 21 total solar eclipse (and we hope you are!) take a minute to watch this video on how to watch safely.

Flying with the world’s fastest bird

The peregrine falcon is the fastest bird – and in fact the fastest animal on Earth – when in its hunting dive. Amazing BBC video here.

Kepler finds 10 Earth-like exoplanets

NASA’s Kepler space telescope has identified 219 new exoplanet candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and in the habitable zone of their star.

Space gardening

Future space outpost dwellers will need to grow plants for food and to recycle air and water. Here’s what scientists are learning about space farming from plants grown on the ISS.

Video: Watching solstices and equinoxes from space

See how sunlight falls on Earth’s surface during the solstices and equinoxes, and get a better understanding of why Earth’s tilt causes the seasons.