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The Universe

The Universe

It's time for a new look at a very old universe. In its mysteries, we are finding the secrets of our past and the key to our future. This is a history of how we know what we do about space. Fifty years have flown by since man first ventured into outer space, but the heavens are only now yielding their greatest secrets. Robotic rovers give us eyes on the red rock of Mars. NASA probes slam into comets at hyperspeed. Deep space telescopes capture violent images of the birth of stars and their collapse into black holes. All of these have significantly changed the way we look at ourselves. As our own planet churns with the effects of global warming, it's natural to look into the heavens and wonder about the rest of the real estate. Is there anywhere else out there that that can support life? Or, is there truly no place like home? Each episode will examine how the discoveries were made and the fascinating stories of the scientists and explorers who dared to venture into the uncharted territory of the universe.

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Death Stars
Death Stars Eta Carinae and Betelguese burn through their fuel supplies as they hurtle toward extinction--and possibly a violent ending that's too close for comfort.
The Day The Moon Was Gone
What if one day, the moon disappears? Eventually, earth's axis begins fluctuating wildly and climate change grows more extreme. Human evolution will start churning in unpredictable ways or end completely.
It Fell From Space
From space rocks crashing through homes to rocket parts landing on front lawns, this episode explores objects that fall from space, such as asteroids, comets, meteor showers and space debris.
Biggest Blast
This is a countdown of the biggest, most powerful types of blasts to rock the cosmos. We'll work our way up through supernova explosions and gamma ray bursts all the way to the blast that started it all.
The Hunt For Ringed Planets
Ringed planets are breathtaking, lethal and a constant source of surprise. Earth has a ring. Comprised of some 200 satellites in a geosynchronous orbit, it is the only known man-made ring in the universe.
10 Ways To Destroy The Earth
In this episode, our experts cook up 10 ways you could destroy the earth including swallowing it with a microscopic black hole, hurling it into the Sun, and switching off gravity.
The Search For Cosmic Clusters
Learn about the nature and variety of stars in this episode. Star Clusters are unique, because in clusters, all the stars were born at about the same time and they were from the same material.
Space Wars
If weapons become a part of space, how effective will they be and what type of damage can they do? From lasers to rods hurtling from space, it's time to 'lock and load' for Space Wars.
Pulsars & Quasars
They sound alike but they are different. Pulsars have strong magnetic fields and are more accurate than atomic clocks while quasars are huge cores of active galaxies with black holes.
Liquid Universe
They can cover entire planets in miles-deep oceans of electrified hydrogen metal. Or erupt on alien worlds through miles-high geysers. These are the magical liquids of our Liquid Universe.
Science Fiction. Science Pact
The fantastic world of tomorrow is quickly becoming the futuristic world of today as we explore the worlds of science fiction and science fact.
Extreme Energy
Our universe is full of energy but a perfect equilibrium must be maintained. Because of this, there are enormous amounts of energy being transferred and create awesome cosmic events and stellar displays.
Space Disasters
Explore the controlled explosion of launch. As the missions venture to Mars and beyond, the potential disasters will become bigger. What would happen if a spacecraft ventured too close to a black hole?
Parallel Universes
Today, experiments by state of the art particle colliders are looking for evidence of higher dimensions and Parallel Universes. If proof is found, it will change our lives, our science and our universe.
Light Speed
Learn about light speed, the ultimate constant in the universe and discover ways scientists envision breaking the 'light barrier' which may be the only way the star travel ever comes to reality.
Sex In Space
Look at how the extreme environments of space exploration might effect copulation, conception and developing human tissues, as well as how issues might impact the emotional lives of astronauts.
Alien Faces
Armed with scientific fact and a little imagination, experts come together to explain how creatures on the surface of Earth offer a helping hand to understanding life in The Universe.
Deadly Comets & Meteors
Some space rocks are so violent that they led to mass extinctions events. Radical theories suggest that asteroid and comet dust harbor deadly viruses that may have triggered some of our worst pandemics.
Living In Space
When mankind eventually leaves the cradle of Earth and ventures forth into the uncharted territories of the cosmos, where, and what form, will our new homes take? How will we grow food?
Stopping Armageddon
An asteroid took out the dinosaurs sixty-five million years ago. This episode analyzes the threat and explores the many ways that experts are proposing to stop Armageddon.
Another Earth
Earth sized planets have been hard to find, but indirect methods are coming on line to give scientists a good survey of how many such bodies may be in the universe.
Strangest Things
From galaxies to black holes, discover the most bizarre, and mysterious things in our universe. Also, learn about actual alcohol clouds floating in space that are filled with organic molecules.
Cosmic Phenomena
We explore how the effects generated by the sun and other extra-solar sources can literally get under our skin, scramble our technology, make life possible and threaten our existence at the same time.
Edge Of Space
Low earth orbit is an eleven-hundred mile band around earth. The dangers lurking in low earth orbit for anyone willing to travel here are huge. It's the new frontier and the possibilities are endless.
Alien Planets
Astronomers have discovered over two hundred alien worlds that were unknown just a decade ago. Among these weird worlds, Earth actually seems like the oddball with the right conditions for life.
Cosmic Holes
Our cosmos could contain a variety of 'holes'. Learn about new discoveries including colliding binary black holes, intermediate black holes and manufacturing mini black holes.
Mysteries Of The Moon
This episode takes to the Canadian waters to see how the Moon effects our planet through tides; and dusts off some age-old myths and weighs arguments that without our Moon, humanity may not even exist.
The Milky Way
Countless wonders exist between where earth is situated and the massive black hole at the galactic center of our solar system. Come along for a guided tour of The Milky Way.
Alien Moons
Explore the moons surrounding the planets of the solar system. Some burst with volcanic fury and anothers spew icy geysers. Are these strange worlds hostile environments unfit for humans?
Dark Matter, Dark Energy
Dark Matter is everywhere while Dark Energy is pushing everything apart. While it makes up 96% of the universe, little information is known about it.
Astrobiology
Astrobiology is a science that searches for life in space by combining astronomy, biology and geology. Watch as experiments are done to see if life exists on earth-like planets beyond our solar system.
Space Travel
Scientists are proposing a bizarre array of technologies in the hope of traveling faster through space: from space craft sporting sails to propulsion engines powered by an entity known as anti-matter.
Supernovas
Light and matter are propelled into space and can cause Gamma Ray Bursts and emit intense X-ray radiation. Astronomers believe that this process creates the building blocks of planets, people and plants.
Constellations
A constellation is a group of stars that are connected together to form a figure or picture. Explore some of the 88 official constellations and learn about some of the highlights of each sequence.
Unexplained Mysteries
Delve into the misconceptions, truths and mysteries of the universe. Take a journey from science fiction that predicted all these things, to the scientific reality of what they mean to us in the universe.
Cosmic Collisions
Learn about collisional families, which are clusters of comets and asteroids; planetary collisions; mass extinction impacts involving asteroids and comets; stars collisions; and galaxy cluster collisions.
Colonizing Space
Examine the efforts underway to establish a human colony on Mars, which includes how they plan to grow food, recycle wastewater and introduce greenhouse gases to revive the red planet.
Nebulas
Nebulas are mysterious clouds of gas that aren't classified as stars, planets, moons or asteroids and they mark the regions where the nothingness of space first coalesces, where stars are born and die.
Wildest Weather In The Cosmos
As our own planet churns with the effects of global warming, it's natural to look into the heavens and wonder about the rest of the real estate.
Biggest Things In Space
Discover which is the largest planet, star, star cluster, constellation, black hole, volcano, galaxy, explosions, moon, storm, impact crater and 'void' in space.
Gravity
Explore how science and humanity discovered, overcame and utilized gravity. Also, learn what it takes to propel objects into the heavens, to ride a wave or to ski down a slope.
Cosmic Apocalypse
Space, matter and even time will one day cease to exist. Harsh realities are revealed about the future of our Universe; it may collapse and burn or it might be gripped by a galactic ice age.
Secrets Of The Sun
The Sun provides energy that makes life on Earth possible. With experts predicting that we are headed for the most violent period of solar activity, it's important to understand the Secrets of the Sun.
Mars: The Red Planet
Mars is the planet most like Earth. And with evidence of vast amounts of frozen water lurking just a few feet below the rusty soil, the possibility of finding primitive life seems exceedingly probable.
Jupiter: The Giant Planet
Half a billion miles from earth exists a mini solar system of over 60 moons rotating around a powerful planet of gas. Could one of its moons harbor life? Jupiter could possibly hold the answers.
The End Of The Earth
Asteroids, comets, gamma ray bursts and the sun all combine to make the Earth a dangerous place to live. Investigate technology that scientists are racing against time to develop to defend our planet.
Saturn: Lord Of The Rings
Does Saturn hold the key to Earth's weather? Computer graphics are used to show what life would be like on other planets and to imagine what kinds of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres.
The Moon
It's so close yet so far. It's the only cosmic body ever visited by human beings. And NASA is planning a permanent outpost there. But how did it get there in the first place? How did the Moon come to be?
Alien Galaxies
The Milky Way consists of more than a billion stars, our sun being only one of them. Take a view of the universe through the Hubble Space telescope and go back almost all the way to the Big Bang.
Spaceship Earth
From early struggles with asteroids and comets to its current battles against global warming, the creation of Spaceship Earth is one of the most complex and controversial scientific stories of all time.
Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus
Scorched by their proximity to the sun, Mercury and Venus are hostile worlds. Prime examples of planets gone awry, do they serve as a warning for ominous scenarios that might someday threaten Earth?
The Outer Planets
Uranus is a toxic combination of hydrogen, helium and methane. Some scientists speculate that liquid water might exist under Triton's icy surface. Pluto completes one orbit every 248 years.
Life And Death Of A Star
Stars collide, devour each other and explode in enormous supernovas. Using satellite images and interviews with the leading astronomers, take a front row seat to the most amazing light show in the cosmos.
Most Dangerous Places
A clash between two galaxies can result in a barbaric ritual called 'galactic cannibalism' in which the dominant galaxy's super massive black hole literally eats the weaker one.
Search For Et
In a galaxy filled with a billion stars, in a universe filled with a hundred billion galaxies, are we alone? Whether we discover primitive or intelligent life, how will it impact mankind's view of itself?