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Starbirth Planet Formation

Myth vs Reality: Empty Space

 This short video addresses the misconception that nothing exists between planets, stars, and galaxies.

Credits

Star and Planet Formation
 
 
Produced by the Space Telescope Science Institute’s Office of Public Outreach.
 
All images, illustrations, and videos courtesy of NASA, ESA, and STScI except:
 
·       Taurus constellation drawing from Firmamentum Sobiescianum sive Uranographia by Johannes Hevelius, courtesy of the United States Naval Observatory
·       Andromeda Galaxy visible-light image courtesy of NOAO/AURA/NSF
·       Rocket launch image ©2008 ESA-CNES-Arianespace/Photo by Optique Video CSG 
·       Sunrise image copyright Jamie Lee – Fotolia.com
·       Barnard 68 images courtesy of ESO
 
Written by Tracy Vogel
Designed by Marc Lussier 
Music courtesy of Associated Production Music

Transcript

(SPEECH) 
 [ELECTRONIC MUSIC] 


(DESCRIPTION) 
 A black and white picture of a minotaur in the top left. A color picture of a nebula in the top right. 


Text, MYTH versus REALITY. 


The myth side is highlighted. 


Text, The space between planets, stars, and galaxies is empty. 


The reality side is highlighted. 


Text, Space is very low density compared to Earth's atmosphere, but it is not empty. Gas, dust, and dark matter permeate the space between planets, stars, and galaxies.