Largest Star Known to Man
A sequence showing how our planets and  our Sun stack up against the universe's astronomical giants. Some of the stars within the video include Sirius, Pollux, Riegel and Betelgeuse.  Stars in the video continue to increase until they reach the "largest star known to man" - VY Canis Majoris.  Images of the stars are set to music.  No narration.  Run time 01:04.
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The Biggest Stars in Space
Stars range in size from neutron stars, which vary anywhere from 20 to 40 km in diameter, to supergiants like for example - Betelgeuse in the Orion constellation, which has a diameter approximately 650 times larger than the Sun—about 0.9 billion kilometres. However, Betelgeuse has a much lower density than the Sun.
VY Canis Majoris (VY CMa) is a red hypergiant star located in the constellation Canis Major. With a size of up to about 2,100 solar radii, it is the largest known star and als

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Alaska Flag and Anthem

Eight stars of gold on a field of blue is Alaska's flag. The blue background represents the sky, the sea, and mountain lakes, as well as Alaska’s wildflowers.  The eight gold stars: seven in the constellation Ursa Major, or the Big Dipper.  The eighth star represents the North Star, because Alaska is the northern most state.  The anthem is “Alaska’s Flag” composed by Elinor Dusenbury and Carol Beery Davis. 
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Arizona Flag and Anthem

Arizona’s flag has 13 rays of red and gold on the top half of the flag represent both the 13 original colonies of the Union, and the rays of the Western setting sun. Red and gold were also the colors carried by Coronado's Spanish expedition in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola in 1540. The bottom half of the flag has the same Liberty blue as the United States flag. Since Arizona was the larges
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California Flag and Anthem
California’s flag is the historic Bear Flag raised at Sonoma on June 14, 1846, by a group of American settlers in revolt against Mexican rule. The flag was designed by William Todd on a piece of new unbleached cotton. The star imitated the lone star of Texas. A grizzly bear represented the many bears seen in the state. The word, "Cal
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Indiana State Flag and State Song
The flag of Indiana is shown against a blue sky. The field of the flag is blue with nineteen stars and a flaming torch in gold or buff. Thirteen stars are arranged in an outer circle, representing the original thirteen states; five stars are arranged in a half circle below the torch and inside the outer circle of stars, representing the states admitted prior to Indiana; and the nineteenth star, is larger than the others and represents Indiana. The
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Weird US - Grotto of the Redemption
In this excerpt from the History Channel they travel to an amazing shrine in the American heartland, West Bend, Iowa, which is built entirely out of minerals. A conglomeration of nine grottos depicting scenes in the life of Jesus, the Grotto contains a large collection of minerals and petrifications and is believed to be the largest grotto in the world. It is also "considered to be the world's most complete man-made collection of minerals, fossils, shells, and petrifications in one place." The t
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Kentucky State Flag and State Song

Five Star Flags presents the Kentucky flag flying against the blue sky.  Placed on a navy blue field is the seal and words "Commonwealth of Kentucky". The two friends shaking hands, a pioneer and a statesman, represent all the people. They are acting out the meaning of Kentucky's motto:
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Maine State Flag and State Song

Five Star Flags presents the Maine flag flying against the blue sky.  The state coat of arms is placed on a blue field. In the center of the shield a moose rests under a tall pine tree. A farmer and seaman represents the work that people did in early times. The North Star represents the state motto: "Dirigo" ("I Direct"). Flag adopted 1909.
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Maryland State Flag and Maryland State Song

Five Star Flags presents the flag of Maryland, against a blue sky. It contains the crest of the Calvert and Crossland families. Maryland was founded as an English colony in 1634 by Cecil Calvert, the second Lord Baltimore. The black and gold designs belong to the Calvert family. The red and white designs belong to the Crossland family. Flag adopted 1904. Listen to the state song, "Maryland, My Maryland” (to the tune of O Tannenbaum)
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Minnesota State Flag and Song
The state flag of Minnesota is shown against a blue sky.  The Minnesota state flag is royal blue, with a gold fringe. In the center of the flag is the state seal. Around the state seal is a wreath of the state flower, the lady slipper. Three dates are woven into the wreath: 1858, the year Minnesota became a state; 1819, the year F
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Nebraska State Flag and State Song

Five Star Flags presents the Nebraska flag flying against the blue sky.  The flag consists of a reproduction of the great seal of the state, charged on the center in gold and silver on a field of national blue. The state anthem "Beautiful Nebraska" is playing in the background.   With this video you can see the flag and hear the anthem.  Good for all students.


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Nevada Flag and Anthem

The Nevada flag is on a cobalt blue background in the upper left quarter is a five-pointed silver star between two sprays of sagebrush crossed to form a half wreath; across the top of the wreath is a golden scroll with the words, in black letters, "Battle Born". The name "Nevada" is beneath the star in gold letters. The current Nevada State Flag design was adopted March 26, 1929, and revised in 1991.  Nevada’s anthem is
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New Mexico State Flag and State Song

The flag is shown against the blue sky.  The yellow field and red symbol colors are the colors of Spain. There is a red sun with rays stretching out from it. There are four groups of rays with four rays in each group. This is an ancient sun symbol of a Native American people called the Zia. They believed  the giver of all good gave gifts in groups of four. The gifts are: the four directions - north, east, south and west
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New York Flag and Anthem

The New York flag is emblazoned on a dark blue field is the state coat of arms. The goddess Liberty holds a pole with a Liberty Cap on top. Liberty stands for freedom. At her feet is a discarded crown, representing freedom from England at the end of the revolutionary war. On the right is the goddess, Justice. She wears a blindfold and carries the scales of justice, meaning that everyone receives equal treatment under the law. The stat
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North Carolina Flag and Anthem

The flag has a blue union, in the center is a white star with the letter N in gilt on the left and the letter C in gilt on the right, the circle is one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag consists of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be o
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Rhode Island State Flag and State Song

Five Star Flags presents the Rhode Island flag flying against the blue sky.  The flag placed on a white field is a circle of thirteen gold stars representing the first thirteen states. The stars surround a gold ship's anchor. The state's motto "Hope" is on a blue ribbon below the anchor.
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How to make a Hexagonal Star Box
In this video, you will learn to make a hexagonal star box.  This project is a complicated one, but if you follow the step by step directions, you will produce an absolutely beautiful box.
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How Green Screens Work - How Stuff Works
Chromakey or "green screen" effects are the fundamental element of the breath taking visuals you see in movies like Star Wars: Episode III and King Kong. Watch this video to learn how green screens work. 1:18 min.
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On Point: Maya Angelou Indepth Interview (1 of 5)
Armstrong Williams interviews Dr. Mana Angelou, poet, author, dancer, scripwriter, at her home in Winston-Salem, NC.  He asks about her challenges.  She says every day is a challenge.  She is challenged to be honest, courageous, kind, and present in this interview.  She talks about her life growing up.  After being raped at age 7 she stopped speaking for 6 years.   During that time she learned to read, and she read many books.  She now has 55 doctorates and teaches all over the world. 
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