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HubbleSOURCE

Informal Science Education Resources
from the home of NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope

Video & Immersive Visualizations

MPEG Video Clips

We offer the best of our video clips in the MPEG-2 digital video format, the video compression standard used in DVDs and satellite TV.

Digital Video Clips from the Space Telescope Science Institute
The Astronomy Visualization Lab (AVL) at STScI produces animations and visualizations of celestial phenomena to accompany press releases. Traditionally, broadcast-resolution copies of these animations have been available only on professional Betacam video tape, with lower-resolution digital movie clips posted on our news website.

Now we are making clips available for non-commercial educational use in full video resolution as MPEG-2 video files. See the note about the MPEG-2 format below.

For each available clip, a thumbnail view is presented below. To preview a clip as a low-resolution MPEG-1 file, click on the Low-Resolution MPEG link. To learn more about a clip, including the Hubble story that was its origin, click on the More Information link.

The MPEG-2 Format
The MPEG-2 format is the format that DVD’s are based on. Any software DVD player should be able to play an MPEG-2 movie. However, note that MPEG-2 files are very large, approaching a megabyte per running second. They are intended primarily for playback on dedicated digital video-clip players, not for playback on personal computers. Most PCs are not furnished with codecs for playback of MPEG-2 files. The lower-resolution MPEG-1 files are smaller and will play back on most computers.


Centaur Object

Centaur Object

Gamma Ray Burst Event

Gamma Ray Burst Event

Comet Hale-Bopp Nucleus Animation

Comet Hale-Bopp Nucleus Animation

Hubble Space Telescope Slews from North to South

Hubble Space Telescope Slews from North to South

Monster Black Hole in Galaxy M84

Monster Black Hole in Galaxy M84

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