IRrelevant astronomy

IRrelevant Astronomy It's the series Aint-It-Cool-News calls "the most (intentionally) hilarious series of educational films you'll find...the pieces carry a Muppets-esque charm." Alan Dyer at Discovery.com says it's "a lot of fun, and breaks the mold for NASA videos." Recently a top-10 finalist for "Best Science/Technology Podcast" at the 2008 Podcast Awards, IRrelevant Astronomy is packed with CG animation and snarky humor, all wrapped around the latest astronomy news and science from NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope. It's infrared-relevant!

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preview Astronomy Anemone
Veronica Belmont co-hosts a space-themed talk show with Astronomy Anemone, a carnivorous man-eating sea polyp. WARNING: contains scenes of cartoon violence and scientific jargon. (5:20)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [65 MB]
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Feb 16, 2011
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Destroyer of Worlds
Robot IR-2 (Ed Wasser) meets The Physician (Wil Wheaton), an intergalactic buttinsky in a small blue box spaceship. Together, they work to escape "The Destroyer of Worlds," a binary star system that is destroying its inner planets. With Brigitte Dale. (10:00)
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Nov 28, 2010
preview Behind the Scenes: Dead Stars
Actor Sean Astin is hired by a bullying educational film Director and her Flunky #2 sidekick to explain about the life and death of stars. But when things go wrong on the set, actor Sandeep Parikh is hired to replace Sean... only to have things take a bizarre twist. (9:35)
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Aug 10, 2010
preview Spaceship Spitzer: Bots of Both Worlds
Amy Okuda flies to Saturn to observe a new giant ring around the planet: the largest ring ever discovered in our Solar System, but one that was only recently revealed through infrared observations by NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope in 2009. While there, she and Irwin (voiced by Wil Wheaton) encounter an old enemy, and must defeat their sinister plot. Ed Wasser also stars. (9:30)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [115 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [336 MB]
Standard Definition 3D (for iPods) [111 MB]
720p High Definition 3D (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [337 MB]
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May 25, 2010
preview Spitzer Space Telescope: The Musical
A singing NASA supervisor uses song to explain about NASA's Spitzer Space Telescope, and how infrared astronomy differs from visible-light telescopes like Hubble. (4:54)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [57 MB]
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March 09, 2010
preview Behind the Scenes: When Galaxies Collide
Felicia Day explains some of the science behind galactic "collisions," including the upcoming collision between the galaxy Andromeda and our own galaxy, in this mock behind-the-scenes look at the making of an educational video. Sean Astin also stars. (10:00)
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720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [330 MB]
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October 26, 2009
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Back in Time
Linda Hamilton attempts to foil the robots' plans of Universal conquest; meanwhile, Dean Stockwell explains the concept of "looking back in time" at objects in space, and how it helps astronomers understand how the Universe has evolved. Starring Ed Wasser as the voice of IR-2. (9:11)
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720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [292 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [30 MB]
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August 24, 2009
preview Part Two: The Warm Mission
In this spoof of old TV action shows, Sean Astin, Osa Wallander, and Betty White search for a way to help the Spitzer Space Telescope after it runs out of coolant. (4:44)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [56 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [167 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [15 MB]
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June 22, 2009
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Gravity and the Great Attractor
George Takei, Mark Hamill, and Ed Wasser provide voices as IR-2 and the robot crew take a look at the Great Attractor, a massive hidden object that is pulling in every nearby galaxy in the local Universe (including our own). (9:36)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [108 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [311 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [30 MB]
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April 23, 2009
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Twin Brown Dwarfs
While trapped in an interdimensional portal between two brown dwarfs, IR-2 and the robots encounter their evil twins from an alternate universe. (9:32)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [111 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [327 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [30 MB]
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March 11, 2009
preview M51 & Gizmo: Half-Baked Plan
Hoping for his birthday to come around sooner, innocent alien M51 moves the Earth into a closer, faster orbit around the sun, and learns an important lesson about life in the Universe. (4:27)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [50 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [136 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [14 MB]
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January 23, 2009
preview Spaceship Spitzer: The Slowlian Web
During a tense face-off with a sinister (but extremely slow-moving) alien race, Dr. Michelle shows IR-1 how scientists can determine what extrasolar planets are made of, even when the planets are too far away to see. (7:50)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [91 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [285 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [25 MB]
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November 25, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Sculpting With Stars
IR-2 opens diplomatic relations with the Earth, as a first step toward ruling over all humans on the planet. (7:08)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [56 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [225 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [22 MB]
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October 22, 2008
preview Psych Out
Does the Helix Nebula look like a human eye? Why do we think we see well-known objects in nebulous images from space? An astronomer and his therapist clash over the issue in this comedic but educational animated short. (4:52)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [39 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [123 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [14 MB]
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August 25, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: The Building Blocks of Life
IR-2 and his crew learn about PAHs, which may be the building blocks of all life in the Universe, and decide to put them to good use. (5:29)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [37 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [151 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [17 MB]
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July 21, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Omega Centauri
While the robots are away, a sad and lonely man calls in with a beautiful image of the Omega Centauri globular cluster. (2:45)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [15 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [38 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [6 MB]
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July 2, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Baby Stars
Where do stars come from? IR-2 analyzes recent Spitzer imagery to find out, while an imposing Ratings-bot oversees the broadcast. (6:03)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [39 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [188 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [19 MB]
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May 16, 2008
preview Dub'ya: Mountie Martin and the Space Diamonds
Are tiny diamonds really common in the Universe? Join the intrepid Mountie Martin as he endeavors to find out, while on the trail of the sinister Sammy the Smuggler! (3:50)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [31 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [97 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [9 MB]
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April 21, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Water in the Universe
Astronomers have discovered huge amounts of water around baby stars; IR-2 and his crew plan to make use of it. (5:54)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [39 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [188 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [19 MB]
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Mar. 13, 2008
preview Robot Astronomy Talk Show: Asteroids
Will an asteroid strike the Earth and wipe out all life as we know it? IR-2 and his robotic crew make random phone calls to find out. (6:56)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [46 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [200 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [21 MB]
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Mar. 4, 2008
preview Skinfrared #2: Water and Ice
Viewing liquids in extreme temperatures in both visible and infrared light, this episode of the Skinfrared series gives viewers a perspective on how infrared observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope view the Universe. (4:05)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [28 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [86 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [10 MB]
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Feb. 8, 2008
preview Spaceship Spitzer: Enemy Mine
While in battle around the supermassive black hole at the center of the galaxy, Dr. Michelle teaches IR-1 the science behind these giant singularities. (6:30)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [52 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [214 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [24 MB]
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Jan. 17, 2008
preview Skinfrared #1
What is infrared light? The Skinfrared series contrasts the world around us in both visible and infrared light, giving the viewer a perspective on how infrared observatories like the Spitzer Space Telescope view the Universe. (4:05)
Standard Definition (for iPods) [25 MB]
720p High Definition (for AppleTV and high-resolution monitors) [75 MB]
Low-Resolution (320x240) QuickTime 6 movie [10 MB]
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Jan. 15, 2008

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