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The Known Universe Hits 10 Million YouTube Views

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An unforgettable trip from Earth to the edge of known space and back, the American Museum of Natural History’s The Known Universe has hit 10 million views on YouTube. Viewers from Australia to India to Alaska have tuned in to watch the video, which uses the Digital Universe Atlas, a scientifically accurate four-dimensional map of the cosmos maintained by Museum astrophysicists, to show the vastness of the universe. The Known Universe was created by the Museum in late 2009 as part of an exhibit for the Rubin Museum of Art in New York.

Tags: Astronomy Live!, Hayden Planetarium

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Bioluminescence Across the Tree of Life

On Exhibit posts

Curator John Sparks is blogging weekly about the Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Creatures of Light, which opens on Saturday, March 31.

Many people are familiar with the summertime flashing patterns of fireflies and have seen images of bizarre bioluminescent deep-sea fishes. However, few realize how pervasive bioluminescence is throughout the tree of life. Bioluminescence is  known to occur in bacteria, protists, fungi, crustaceans, insects, worms, ctenophores, jellyfishes, squids, starfishes, sea cucumbers, tunicates, and fishes—not to mention sharks—as well as numerous additional invertebrate lineages.

Tags: Bioluminescence

Ira Flatow: Science Friday at the Museum

Q&As

This Wednesday, March 28, NPR’s popular weekly talk show Science Friday travels to the Museum for a special public recording in the Milstein Hall of Ocean Life. Host Ira Flatowwill interview Museum Curator Emeritus Ian Tattersall about how Homo sapiens became the dominant human species and speak to a panel of urban biodiversity experts, including Eleanor Sterling, the director of the Museum’s Center for Biodiversity and Conservation. Flatow recently shared what he’s looking forward to about the evening.

Tags: Center for Biodiversity and Conservation, Q&A

Podcast

Podcast: The 4 Percent Universe with Richard Panek

Podcasts

In recent years, a radically new vision of the universe has emerged: only 4 percent of it consists of every planet, star, and galaxy. The rest—96 percent—is completely unknown. How did astronomers reach this cosmos-shattering conclusion, and what are they doing to find dark matter and an even more bizarre substance called dark energy?

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