Ten Great Ideas: Cosmology

Our solar system    
Planets viewed from Earth as if they were at the distance of our moon Link Youtube. 1 min
Riding light. What would the solar system look like if you were riding a photon of light coming from the sun Link Beautiful idea. Video from vimeo
We are stardust    
Cosmology is not 'up there': we are part of cosmology.
We are, in every sense of the word, stardust
Neil DeGrasse Tyson. YouTube. 2 mins.
Overview From pbslearningmedia.org. 2 mins
Physicist Lawrence M. Krauss explains that some of the atoms in your right hand may come from a different star than some atoms in your left hand. YouTube. 7 mins.
How do we know what stars are made of? Link YouTube. 5 mins.
The Big Bang    
Science, Religion, and the Big Bang YouTube. 5 mins via MinutePhysics

The Big Bang: Introduction

In an instant, everything happens.
YouTube. 4 mins. via bighistoryproject.com
What caused the Big Bang? Carl Sagon on YouTube. 7 mins

The beginning of the universe, for beginners


Tom Whyntie shows how cosmologists and particle physicists explore these questions by replicating the heat, energy, and activity of the first few seconds of our universe, from right after the Big Bang. YouTube via TED-Ed. 3 mins
Brian Cox explains the universe YouTube. 1 hour
A Brief History of the Universe: Crash Course Astronomy Link YouTube. 13 mins
So how will the universe end; with a Big Crunch or a Cold Fade-out Short answer: nobody knows.
Text-based from NASA
The death of the universe.
We know that the universe is expanding constantly, so that all stars will eventually burn out into a cold nothingness.
Renée Hlozek expands on the beauty of this dark ending. YouTube via TED-Ed 5 mins.

Jim Holt: Why does the universe exist?

Link YouTube via TED 17 mins.
Does the universe have a purpose? Neil deGrasse Tyson on YouTube. 3 mins
Is our universe the only universe And why is our universe fine-tuned for life? Brian Greene on TED. YouTube. 22 mins
How many stars/ galaxies/ universes are there? Link YouTube. From TED-Ed 4 mins.
How Many Stars Are There? Link SciShow on YouTube 4 mins
The End of Everything Hank gives us an inclusive overview of how everything in the universe is thought to have begun, and how cosmologists predict it will all come to an end. Now get happy! YouTube. 11 mins
Scale of the universe    
The Hubble Deep Field Video YouTube. 6 mins. Fast-forward past the silly part

Laniakea: Our home supercluster

YouTube. 4 mins. From Nature
Scale of the universe2 htwins.net/scale2
Largest Sky Map Revealed: An Animated Flight Through the Universe YouTube. 2 mins. From TheScienceChannel
A wonderful run-through of all major events from Big Bang to now Fantastic resource for putting our recent arrival in context
Our Galaxy: The Milky Way    
Stunning picture of the Milky Way galaxy courtesy of flickr.com
Drive through our own galaxy Past 100,000 stars. From workshop.chromeexperiments.com
Galaxy Song - Monty Python's The Meaning of Life YouTube. 3 mins

Map of asteroids

Where did the Earth come from?    

Where did the earth come from?

YouTube. 4 mins. via Veritasium
Everything You Need to Know About Planet Earth How did it come into existence and how big is it really? You will be surprised. The ground you are standing on is just a very, very small part of the big picture. YouTube via TED-Ed. 7 mins
Competing theories for the origin of the earth Split-screen presentation
What if other planetary bodies orbited our world at the same distance as the moon YouTube. 1 min. Fascinating
How does the size of the Earth compare to other objects in the cosmos? YouTube. 3 mins
Check out the size of the Earth in comparison to other heavenly objects
Single web page with images
Want to build your own model solar system? Interactive scale from exploratorium.edu
ISS(International Space Station)
Timetable to let you know when next it will be overhead
The position of the ISS can be tracked so that you should be able to see when it will next be visible in the sky.
From spotthestation.nasa.gov
This gives you all visible satellites, and maps of the night sky for your choice of time and location.

And lots more. From heavens-above.com

Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life (SETI)    
100 Million Planets in our Galaxy May Harbor Complex Life Text-based, from Planetary Habitability Laboratory @ UPR Arecibo
Enrico Fermi, when asked about intelligent life on other planets, famously replied, “Where are they?”    
The Moon    
Minute by minute playback of the landing of the first man on the moon. From firstmenonthemoon.com/
We choose the moon Real time audio of the first moon landing
Wonderful musing on the Apollo Missions Because no lesson on Cosmology would be complete without a contribution from Carl Sagan. Youtube. 4 mins
The Eagle Has Landed, The Flight of Apollo 11, 1969 Famous documentary of the first moon landing.
. 28 mins
Or was it all an elaborate hoax? Badastronomy.com explains some of the apparent anomalies. Text-based.
What has the stacked ball drop demonstration got to do with supernovae? Link From Physics Girl on Youtube. 3 mins
Gamma Ray Bursts Link Produced by supernovae. The bigest bang since, well, the Big Bang. Youtube. 7 mins
Pulsars in 100 seconds From the IOP's Science in 100 seconds series
Quasars - student project YouTube. 8 mins
How I fell in love with quasars, blazars and our incredible universe Link Jedidah Isler first fell in love with the night sky as a little girl. Now she’s an astrophysicist who studies supermassive hyperactive black holes. YouTube. 4 mins
Neutron Stars    
The most dense object in the universe (apart from Black Holes, obviously) YouTube. 1 min
Other Earths    
New Planet Could Be Earthlike, Scientists Say (2007) News report from nytimes.com
What the view from a new earth might look like Image from thedailymail.co.uk
Cosmic rays    
How they help us understand the universe YouTube. 5 mins from TED-Ed

Neutrinos can tell us about the furthest reaches and most extreme environments of the universe ... but only if we can catch them.

Link YouTube. 5 mins from TED-Ed
Near Earth Collisions    
The most significant natural danger to life on Earth comes from asteroids and comets. The Spaceguard Centre website: The National Near Earth Objects Information Centre
Pale blue dot - Carl Sagan YouTube. 3 mins.
Famous clip from one of Science's greatest communicators
Carl Sagan - 'A Glorious Dawn' ft Stephen Hawking YouTube. 3 mins. From SymphonyofScience
Check out Astronomypictureoftheday 6 minute video

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING - Hawking Radiation with Neil deGrasse Tyson

YouTube. 2 mins
Why is it dark at night? From MinutePhysics. YouTube. 4 mins
Astronomically Correct Twinkle Twinkle From MinutePhysics. YouTube. 2 mins
Spacetime curvature placemats From boingboing.net
International Space Station - what are the benefits for humanity? YouTube. 20 mins
Lots of teaching resources here Courtesy of The Guardian