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Welcome to the Hubblecast! Hubblecast features news and Images from the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

The Hubblecasts are offered for download in several formats: standard (.mov, .mpeg, .mp4, .m4v), HD (High Definition) and Full HD. Read the FAQ for more info on the specs of these formats.

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Hubblecast HD and Full HD videos can be watched on TV by the use of digital media receivers such as Apple TV.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hubblecast?

Hubblecast is the name for Vodcasts produced by the ESA/Hubble team. A Vodcast is a short name for Video Podcast, and is a term used for the online delivery of video clips content via RSS.

Who is Dr. J?

Dr. J is the young enthusiastic host of the Hubblecast. He is a German astronomer at the European Organization for Astronomical Research in the Southern Hemisphere (ESO). His scientific interests are in cosmology, particularly on galaxy evolution and quasars. Dr. J's real name is Joe Liske and he has a PhD in astronomy.

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How can I watch Hubble Vodcasts?

You can watch Hubble Vodcasts on iTunes, that can be downloaded from this link. You can also watch them in any program that reads files in .m4v format (another name for .mp4 files encoded with the H.264 codec). One example is Quick Time Player, that can be downloaded from this link.

You can also use your favorite RSS feed aggregator and subscribe to the Hubblecast format of your choice. The links are provided below:

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How can I receive and watch Hubble Vodcasts on my iPod?

  • In iTunes, go to: Advanced -> Subscribe to Podcast
  • In the URL field, type: http://www.spacetelescope.org/rss/vodcast.xml or
    http://www.spacetelescope.org/rss/vodcasthd.xml or
    http://www.spacetelescope.org/rss/vodcastfullhd.xml
    (depending on which version you want to receive)
  • Click on OK
  • On the left menu, click on the "Podcasts" section and you should see the "Hubble Space Telescope Vodcasts" there. The downloads should start automatically.
    Every time you open iTunes it will look for new episodes and download them in that section.
  • Then when you have your iPod connected to the computer you just drag and drop the episodes you want to watch to your iPod and voilá! You have it there!

What is the difference between HD and Full HD?

  • HD, or "HD-ready", is known as 720p and has a resolution of 720 lines vertically and 1280 picture elements horizontally. The letter “p” stands for progressive scan, which means that the lines of each frame are drawn in sequence. The frame rate is 24 frames per second.
  • Full HD, also known as 1080i, is a video format with a staggering 1,080 lines of vertical resolution, and 1920 picture elements in the horizontal direction. The letter “i” stands for interlaced scan, which means that the lines of each frame are drawn interlaced. Each frame consists of 1920 × 1080 pixels — some two million pixels in total, with a widescreen aspect ratio of 16:9. The frame rate is 50 frames per second.

Can you tell us something about the production process of Hubblecast?

There are some nice articles about the production of Hubblecast:

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Hubblecast 77: Hubble and the Bermuda Triangle of space Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth Hubblecast 75: Dwarf Galaxies that Pack a Punch
Hubblecast 77: Hubble and the Bermuda Triangle of space Hubblecast 76: Merging galaxies and droplets of starbirth Hubblecast 75: Dwarf Galaxies that Pack a Punch
Hubblecast 74: Hubble and Heaven’s Carousel Hubblecast 73: Hubble revisits the Monkey Head Nebula for 24th birthday snap Hubblecast 72: Clues to a cosmic crime
Hubblecast 74: Hubble and Heaven’s Carousel Hubblecast 73: Hubble revisits the Monkey Head Nebula for 24th birthday snap Hubblecast 72: Clues to a cosmic crime
Hubblecast 71: Visible echoes around RS Puppis Hubblecast 70: Peering around cosmic corners Hubblecast 69: What has Hubble learned from star clusters?
Hubblecast 71: Visible echoes around RS Puppis Hubblecast 70: Peering around cosmic corners Hubblecast 69: What has Hubble learned from star clusters?
Hubblecast 68: The Hubble time machine Hubblecast 67: Of galaxies and penguins — Arp 142 Hubblecast 66: Hubble uncovers the secrets of the Ring Nebula
Hubblecast 68: The Hubble time machine Hubblecast 67: Of galaxies and penguins — Arp 142 Hubblecast 66: Hubble uncovers the secrets of the Ring Nebula
Hubblecast 65: A whole new view of the Horsehead Nebula — celebrating Hubble's 23rd birthday Hubblecast 64: It all ends with a bang! Hubblecast 63: From the distant past - Hubble and art
Hubblecast 65: A whole new view of the Horsehead Nebula — celebrating Hubble's 23rd birthday Hubblecast 64: It all ends with a bang! Hubblecast 63: From the distant past - Hubble and art
Hubblecast 62: A spiral galaxy with a secret Hubblecast 61: A Tour of NGC 5189 Hubblecast 60: Galaxy scores a bullseye
Hubblecast 62: A spiral galaxy with a secret Hubblecast 61: A Tour of NGC 5189 Hubblecast 60: Galaxy scores a bullseye
Hubblecast 59: Unweaving the rainbow Hubblecast 58: Caught in the cosmic web Hubblecast 57: Hubble's hidden treasures unveiled
Hubblecast 59: Unweaving the rainbow Hubblecast 58: Caught in the cosmic web Hubblecast 57: Hubble's hidden treasures unveiled
Hubblecast 56: Dramatic change spotted on a faraway planet Hubblecast 55: Crash of the Titans Hubblecast 54: 22 years in images
Hubblecast 56: Dramatic change spotted on a faraway planet Hubblecast 55: Crash of the Titans Hubblecast 54: 22 years in images
Hubblecast 53: Hidden Treasures in Hubble's Archive Hubblecast 52: The Death of Stars Hubblecast 51: Star-forming region S 106
Hubblecast 53: Hidden Treasures in Hubble's Archive Hubblecast 52: The Death of Stars Hubblecast 51: Star-forming region S 106
Hubblecast 50: Q&A with Dr J Hubblecast 49: Supersonic jets from newborn stars Hubblecast 48: Deep Observations of the Andromeda Galaxy
Hubblecast 50: Q&A with Dr J Hubblecast 49: Supersonic jets from newborn stars Hubblecast 48: Deep Observations of the Andromeda Galaxy
Hubblecast 47: Pandora's Cluster Hubblecast 46: A tour of Centaurus A Hubblecast 45: Building a treasure trove of observations
Hubblecast 47: Pandora's Cluster Hubblecast 46: A tour of Centaurus A Hubblecast 45: Building a treasure trove of observations
Hubblecast 44: Hubble spies on the Tarantula Nebula Hubblecast 43: Hubble and Black Holes Hubblecast 42: Hubble's Greatest Hits
Hubblecast 44: Hubble spies on the Tarantula Nebula Hubblecast 43: Hubble and Black Holes Hubblecast 42: Hubble's Greatest Hits
Hubblecast 41: Hubble's History Told by Hubble's Scientists Hubblecast 40: Wide Field Camera 3 - Hubble's New Miracle Camera Hubblecast 39: The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS)
Hubblecast 41: Hubble's History Told by Hubble's Scientists Hubblecast 40: Wide Field Camera 3 - Hubble's New Miracle Camera Hubblecast 39: The Great Observatories Origins Deep Survey (GOODS)
Hubblecast 38: Hubble in popular culture Hubblecast 37: Bubbles and baby stars Hubblecast 36: Gifts from the sky: honouring 20 years of Hubble
Hubblecast 38: Hubble in popular culture Hubblecast 37: Bubbles and baby stars Hubblecast 36: Gifts from the sky: honouring 20 years of Hubble
Hubblecast 35: The stuff of legend Hubblecast 34: Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet Hubblecast 33: Saturn's stunning double show
Hubblecast 35: The stuff of legend Hubblecast 34: Hubble snaps heavyweight of the Leo Triplet Hubblecast 33: Saturn's stunning double show
Hubblecast 32:  Born in Beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula Hubblecast 31: Sky merger yields sparkling dividends Hubblecast 30: Rebirth of an icon
Hubblecast 32: Born in Beauty: Proplyds in the Orion Nebula Hubblecast 31: Sky merger yields sparkling dividends Hubblecast 30: Rebirth of an icon
Hubblecast 29: Mission Accomplished: Healing Hubble Hubblecast 28: The fifth and final Hubble servicing mission Hubblecast 27: What has Hubble taught us about the planets?
Hubblecast 29: Mission Accomplished: Healing Hubble Hubblecast 28: The fifth and final Hubble servicing mission Hubblecast 27: What has Hubble taught us about the planets?
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