Why We Need To Teach Astronomy

From 1veritasium, 2veritasium, or sciencium.

People don’t understand the scale of the Universe. There’s a data driven way to read the news: go to https://ground.news/veritasium to get 30% off the Vantage plan and see through sensationalized reporting.

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A huge thank you to Dr. Ashmeet Singh for his expert feedback on this video.

Fun video by RealLifeLore about the scale of the Universe – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Iy7NzjCmUf0&pp=ygUkcmVhbCBsaWZlIGxvcmUgc2NhbGUgb2YgdGhlIHVuaXZlcnNl
Moon Facts via NASA – https://ve42.co/NASAMoon
Titan Facts via NASA – https://ve42.co/Titan
Mercury Facts via NASA – https://ve42.co/Mercury
Why Pluto is no Longer a Planet, BBC News via YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iIk29MnzZWA&pp=ygUYcGx1dG8gbm8gbG9uZ2VyIGEgcGxhbmV0
Pluto, Wikipedia – https://ve42.co/WikiPluto
Eris, Wikipedia – https://ve42.co/WikiEris
Brown, M. E., & Schaller, E. L. (2007). The mass of dwarf planet Eris. Science, 316(5831), 1585-1585. – https://ve42.co/Brown2007
Trans-Neptunian object, Wikipedia – https://ve42.co/WikiTNO
IAU 2006 General Assembly Press Release, via IAU – https://ve42.co/IAU2006
Solar System Moons via NASA – https://ve42.co/NASAMoons
Solar System Asteroids via NASA – https://ve42.co/Asteroids
Solar System, Wikipedia – https://ve42.co/WikiSolarSystem
How many stars are in the Universe via ESA – https://ve42.co/ESAStars
Catalog of Exoplanets via exoplanet – https://ve42.co/ExoplanetCatalog
Crowther, T. W., Glick, H. B., Covey, K. R., Bettigole, C., Maynard, D. S., Thomas, S. M., … & Bradford, M. A. (2015). Mapping tree density at a global scale. Nature, 525(7568), 201-205. – https://ve42.co/Crowther2015
Galaxy, Wikipedia – https://ve42.co/WikiGalaxy
Counting Galaxies with the Hubble Space Telescope via NASA – https://ve42.co/CountingGalaxies
Conselice, C. J., Wilkinson, A., Duncan, K., & Mortlock, A. (2016). The evolution of galaxy number density at z8 and its implications. The Astrophysical Journal, 830(2), 83. – https://ve42.co/Conselice2016
Sagan, C., & Druyan, A. (2011). Pale blue dot: A vision of the human future in space. Ballantine books.

Images & Video:
Clip of Titan’s Surface, NASA via YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xn3-0a19sC8
Clips of Pluto Had it Coming, The Late Show with Stephen Colbert via YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5nqT7XrYRPc
Image of Solar System Objects – https://ve42.co/SolarSystemObjects

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