Hubble's Universe Video Podcast

Discover the marvels of the universe with a Hubble scientist, and find constellations from the view of your backyard. Hubble's Universe brings these and many other videos to your screen.

More About This Podcast

Hubble's Universe is a collection of video podcasts, including two series with monthly episodes. Our monthly series are:

Hubble's Universe Talk:

Astronomer Frank Summers enlightens an audience with the latest news and images from the Hubble telescope.

Tonight's Sky:

Identify constellations, planets, deep-sky objects and events with this guide to the heavens. Great for backyard astronomers!

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Are You New to the Whole Podcasting Thing?

Hubble's Universe is like a very small television network that broadcasts shows over the Internet. Thanks to podcasting, our shows are available to watch anywhere as long as you have a portable video player (video iPod, PDA, certain cell phones, or other similar devices). You can also watch our podcasts on your computer.

Watch on your computer
The easiest way to watch Hubble's Universe is on your computer. All you need is a Web browser (you're using one now to see this page examples are Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) and Adobe's free Flash Player plug-in. Almost every computer operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux/UNIX) can use Adobe's Flash player. In addition to Flash, our shows can be downloaded and watched online in Windows Media and Apple QuickTime formats (you'll need special player software for those formats).

Hubble's Universe to go
If you'd like to have the latest Hubble's Universe show delivered automatically to your computer upon its release, or you want to watch the show on a portable video player, then you must install podcasting software. This icon RSS on the main Hubble's Universe page links to a special file, called an "RSS feed," that podcasting software understands. The page isn't meant for you to read. Its just a lot of computer programming code.

So what do you do with this RSS feed? Most podcasting applications need you to cut and paste the appropriate link into their subscription form. Our video podcast is available in four different formats. Choose the one that works best with your video device:

iPod 320x240 – This RSS feed is meant for users who have a video iPod. It is scaled to fill your screen and play well in your device. The screen resolution of this RSS feed is 320 pixels by 240 pixels.
RSS Feed: http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe/quicktime-320.xml

WMV 320x240 – WMV is Windows Media Video. This format can be used on many Windows-based portable video players (like Microsoft's Zune, Archos' video players, etc.). The screen resolution of this RSS feed is 320 pixels by 240 pixels.
RSS Feed: http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe/windows-320.xml

QT 640x480 – QT is QuickTime. This format is best used on larger screens that are QuickTime compatible (like Apple TV, a Windows computer with QuickTime software installed, etc.). The screen resolution of this RSS feed is 640 pixels by 480 pixels.
RSS Feed: http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe/quicktime-640.xml

WMV 640x480 – WMV is Windows Media Video. This format can be used on many large-screen, Windows-based portable video players and Windows-based computers (like the Archos704 and 604 video players, etc.).The screen resolution of this RSS feed is 640 pixels by 480 pixels.
RSS Feed: http://hubblesite.org/explore_astronomy/hubbles_universe/windows-640.xml

If you are unsure which RSS feed is correct, review your video player's documentation to see what kind of formats it supports. Once you configure your podcasting software, it will automatically retrieve our latest shows.


Need More Information About Podcasting and What Software to Use?

Numerous podcasting applications are available, but choosing one may take some research. The Wikipedia Web site has a good overview of podcasting and can point you in the direction of available podcasting applications. Wikipedia is a collaborative Internet encyclopedia and is not affiliated with HubbleSite.org.

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