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The development of celestial mechanics

The development of celestial mechanics

This animation introduces the studies of astronomers and physicists whose works fundamentally changed our view of the universe.



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Galileo Galilei's workshop

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Gravitational waves (LIGO)

Massive accelerating or orbiting bodies cause ripples in spacetime. These are called gravitational waves.

Kepler space telescope

The Kepler space telescope was launched by NASA to discover Earth-like planets orbiting other stars

Marie Curie's laboratory

Marie Curie, the only person to win the Nobel Prize in two different sciences, is probably the most famous woman in the history of science.

Milky Way

The diameter of our galaxy is about 100,000 light years; it contains more than 100 billion stars, one of which is our Sun.

Newton’s Laws of Motion

This animation demonstrates Sir Isaac Newton's three laws of motion that laid the foundation for classical mechanics.

Torsion balances

A force can be measured by measuring the twisting of the torsion wire in a torsion balance.

Hubble Space Telescope

The Hubble Space Telescope orbits outside the distorting influence of Earth´s atmosphere.


This animation shows optical and radiotelescopes used in astronomical observation.

The Dawn mission

Studying Ceres and Vesta will help us learn more about the early history of the Solar System and how rocky planets are formed.

The New Horizons mission

The New Horizons space probe was launched in 2006, with the objective to study Pluto and the Kuiper Belt.

Voyager space probes

The Voyager space probes were the first man-made objects to leave the Solar System. They gather data about outer space and carry information about humanity.

Fusion reactor

Nuclear fusion will serve as an environmentally friendly and practically unlimited source of energy.


Jupiter is the largest planet of the Solar System, it has two and a half times the mass of all the other planets combined.

Mars Exploration Program

Space probes and Mars rovers examine the structure of Mars and possible traces of life.

Nuclear power plant

Nuclear power plants convert the energy released during nuclear fission into electric power.


Observatories are often built at high elevations to minimise the effects of atmospheric turbulence

Satellite types

Satellites orbiting the Earth can be used for civilian or military purposes.

Space Shuttle

The Space Shuttle was a manned, reusable spacecraft operated by NASA.

Sputnik 1 (1957)

The Soviet-made satellite was the first spacecraft to be launched into outer space (in October 1957).

Types of stars

This animation demonstrates the process of star development for average and massive stars.


The International Space Station is a habitable satellite built with the cooperation of 16 countries.

Moon landing: 20 July 1969

Neil Armstrong, one of the crew members of Apollo 11 was the first man to set foot on the Moon.

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