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Brian Schmidt – Nobel Prize Winner 2011

A double-pow of awesome in this video. Derek Muller, of Veritasium, interviews Brian Schmidt, one of the winners of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Physics “for the discovery of the accelerating expansion of the Universe through observations of distant supernovae”.

At first they thought the Universe should be slowing down in its expansion, but their data told them otherwise. So how will the universe end?

Jupiter! Amazing amateur astrophotography.

This is a lovely clip of Jupiter – taken from Earth, by an amateur astronomer. Amazing!

To find out how Damian Peach captured the images, read this article from Bad Astronomy. You can also see his “Views of the Solar System” astrophotography collection.

Wonders of the Solar System

This looks great, and I’m looking on Amazon for a copy right now!

Rock star professor Brian Cox presents this 5-part series from the BBC, with stunning visuals and accessible, but not dumbed-down, explanations of physics and cosmology. I hadn’t heard about it until reading the Guardian’s Science’s Golden Age article, but am looking forward to seeing the whole series.


Official page, from the BBC

List of clips from YouTube

Brian Cox profile page from Manchester University

Brian Cox talks at TED: “What really goes on at the large hadron collider

Our Place in Space

These are for Grade 9 as we learn about Cosmology together!

The universe to scale:

Zoom-out from Earth:

Images from the Hubble Space Telescope:


Keep asking those questions!

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