Educational Videos

Here is a handpicked selection of key short videos about astrobiology and related topics. New videos are added as they become available.

[December 15, 2014] Why aliens probably exist

[November 30, 2014] Wanderers - a short film by Erik Wernquist

[May 18, 2014] The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. CREDIT: TED.

[Feb 06, 2014] Seeing Planets Like Never Before

Astronomers have located more than 1,000 planets orbiting stars other than our own, and the latest observations are starting to reveal what these planets are like. CREDIT: AMNH.

[Sep 05, 2013] A Polarised View of Exoplanets

There is a clever trick that helps to see the glow of a planet from the glare of its parent star. CREDIT: ESO.

[May 20, 2013] Exoplanets Explained

How do you detect planets that are hundreds of light years away? CREDIT: PHDtv.

[Apr 22, 2013] NASA's Kepler Mission Discovers Its Smallest 'Habitable Zone' Planets to Date

NASA's Kepler mission has discovered two new planetary systems that include three super-Earth-size planets in the "habitable zone," the range of distance from a star where the surface temperature of an orbiting planet might be suitable for liquid water. CREDIT: NASA Ames.

[Feb 15, 2013] The Hunt for Earth-like Planets

UChicago Assistant Professor Daniel Fabrycky explains how his work with the Kepler space telescope is helping to find far-off planets like our own. CREDIT: UChicago.

[Jan 13, 2013] Astrobiology and the Search for Extraterrestrial Life with Charles Cockell

Learn about the origin and evolution of life and the search for life beyond the Earth in this free course by Charles Cockell, Professor of Astrobiology at the University of Edinburgh. Registration deadline is January 28, 2013. CREDIT: Coursera.

[Dec 7, 2012] An Introduction to Astrobiology - with Dr Lewis Dartnell

Lewis Dartnell from UCL gives an introduction to the Astrobiology science for the We Are Aliens project. Also check other related videos by NSC Creative on Vimeo. CREDIT: NSC Creative

[Nov 9, 2012] Finding Habitable Worlds

Out of billions of galaxies and billions of stars, how do we find Earth-like habitable worlds? What is essential to support life as we know it? Ariel Anbar (@HabWorlds) provides a checklist for finding life on other planets. CREDIT: TED-Ed.

[Oct 30, 2012] Astrobiology & the Search for Alien Life

Hank Green (@hankgreen) talks about astrobiology - the study of and search for life in the universe off Earth. Right now, the field has more questions than answers, but all they all seek to answer that one fundamental query: are we alone in the universe? CREDIT: SciShow (@scishow).

[Oct 10, 2012] Searching for Life on Mars

Ashwin Vasavada, Deputy Project Scientist of the Mars Science Laboratory (MSL), shares Mars Curiosity Rover's mission and goals. CREDIT: THNKR, NASA.

[Oct 4, 2012] Birth of a Planet

Sally Dodson-Robinson of The University of Texas at Austin utilizes advanced simulations to recreate models of how planets are born. CREDIT: TACC, University of Texas.

[Sep 26, 2012] How To Discover Habitable Planets

Steve Vogt, Professor of Astronomy and Astrophysics at UC Santa Cruz, describes how to discover a habitable planet. Also check An Incredibly Hostile Universe and The Cutting Edge Since 1888. CREDIT: UC Santa Cruz.

[Sep 3, 2012] Finding Life in the Universe

Discover the European Southern Observatory's (ESO) role in the quest for life in the Universe. CREDIT: ESO.

[Jul 2, 2012] Could there be intelligent life on other planets?

The possibility of intelligent life on other planets has piqued imagination and curiosity for decades. Explore the answer in this video with the Drake Equation and explained by Jill Tarter of the SETI Institute. CREDIT: TED-Ed.