High Definition Science

I’ve found that the content that really shows off the HDTV format is that of the natural world. While sitcoms might be a bit more clear, the format really shines in situations where the extra detail is actually relevant, like in documentaries such as Planet Earth.

Here’s some of the best free high-definition content I’ve found on the web, if you know of any more please let me know!


Gravitas is a project by John Dubinski of the Department of Astronomy & Astrophysics at the University of Toronto. He works on visualization of galaxy dynamics, and his goal is to “use supercomputer simulations of realistic model galaxies to illustrate these slow and majestic dynamical processes on an accessible timescale and so breathe life into the iconic images of galaxies created by the world’s great telescopes”. He succeeds brilliantly, and has produced a set of captivating animations, some in HD.

Download Future Sky (Quicktime 720p) and Spiral Metamorphosis (Quicktime 1080p).

Fractal Zooms

Eric Bigas has a great website with several fractal animations, including a few in HD.

Cherry Blossom Hexagons is a zoom into a Barnsley fractal, available in 720p XviD or 720p H.264.

19th Hole Terraces is a zoom into a Mandlebrot set, available in 720p XviD or 720p H.264.

Copperplate Chevrons is available in 720p XviD.

Hubble Space Telescope

The European Homepage for the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope has tons of great HD content. Dr. Joe Liske at the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere hosts a video podcast which you can subscribe to in 720p or full HD 1080p. They also have a HD video archive of broadcast quality footage, like this flythrough of the Hubble Ultra Deep Field.

For other HD space videos, NASA has a HD video archive with a section dedicated to Hubble. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has an HD archive of their own, click “HD” at the bottom to browse.

2 thoughts on “High Definition Science

  1. awesome. thanks man! i’m enjoying checking out your site. keep it up 🙂

    i am really happy about the fractal zooms. i’ve tried, without success, to find some great HD fractal zooms. thanks again!

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