How the Universe Works

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    • Earth's Guardian Angel
      Earth's Guardian Angel
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      11/10/15
      10
    • Milky Way
      Season 3 - Episode 7
      8/20/14
      9.0
      The origins of the Milky Way galaxy are explored.
    • Saturn
      Season 3 - Episode 5
      8/6/14
      8.5
    • Starman
      Season 3 - Episode 8
      8/27/14
      8.5

      Potential homes for humans in space are investigated.

    • The Search for a Second Earth
      The Search for a Second Earth
      Season 3 - Episode 10
      9/3/14
      8.3
    • Dawn of Life
      Season 4 - Episode 5
      8/11/15
      8.3
    • First Second
      Season 3 - Episode 4
      7/30/14
      8.3
    • End of the Universe
      Season 3 - Episode 2
      7/16/14
      8.3
    • Black Holes
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      5/2/10
      8.0
      Black Holes is an episode from season one of the Discovery Channel show How the Universe Works in which a group of scientists discusses the nature of black holes and what role they may have played in the creation of the universe. Do black holes function as time machines? What happens to matter that falls into a black hole? Watch How the Universe Works and discover the answers for yourself.moreless
    • Alien Galaxies
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      5/10/10
      8.0

      Alien Galaxies is an episode from the first season of the Discovery Channel series How the Universe Works in which a group of scientists discusses the formation of galaxies and how they might eventually come to an end. What are the implications for the Milky Way and our home planet? The answer might shock you.

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    • Extinction
      Season 3 - Episode 6
      8/13/14
      8.0
    • Mystery of Planet 9
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      11/29/16
      8.0
      Examining a ninth planet that may be on the outer edge of the solar system. Scientists speculate that it could be 10 times the size of Earth and have moons capable of hosting life.
    • Edge of the Solar System
      Season 4 - Episode 4
      8/4/15
      8.0
      How Earth may be impacted by the heliosphere.
    • Monster Black Hole
      Season 4 - Episode 3
      7/28/15
      8.0
    • Secret History of the Moon
      Season 4 - Episode 6
      8/18/15
      8.0
    • The First Oceans
      Season 4 - Episode 7
      8/25/15
      8.0
    • Stars That Kill
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      1/10/17
      8.0
      A look at real-life "death stars" that could destroy Earth. Included: vampire stars; supernovas; and stars gone rogue.
    • Are Black Holes Real?
      Season 6 - Episode 2
      1/9/18
      8.0
    • The Dark Matter Enigma
      Season 5 - Episode 8
      1/31/17
      8.0
      Dark matter is the biggest mystery of the cosmos. Scientists know that it has been vital to the universe since its birth, and new discoveries reveal that it could create black holes, cause mass extinctions, and might even shape life on Earth itself.
    • Strangest Alien Worlds
      Season 5 - Episode 9
      2/7/17
      8.0
      A look at worlds much stranger than Earth. Some of these strange worlds don't have stars, others are made out of diamonds. Also: whether another Earth-like planet will ever be found.
    • The Quasar Engima
      The Quasar Engima
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      2/5/18
      8.0
      Quasars are the brightest and most powerful objects in the universe, and though they have shaped the cosmos, they might ultimately destroy everything that exists.
    • Secrets of Pluto and Beyond
      Secrets of Pluto and Beyond
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      1/8/18
      8.0
      New discoveries reveal the secrets of the most distant and mysterious worlds of the solar system.
    • Episode 3
      Episode 3
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      1/16/18
      8.0
    • Episode 2
      Episode 2
      Season 6 - Episode 3
      1/15/18
      8.0
    • Episode 1
      Episode 1
      Season 6 - Episode 1
      1/8/18
      8.0
    • Life & Death on the Red Planet
      Life & Death on the Red Planet
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      12/13/16
      8.0
    • Secret History of Pluto
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      1/3/17
      8.0
      Pluto is the subject, with an investigation into whether the planet has an underground ocean.
    • Planets from Hell
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      7/25/12
      8.0
      Over the last twenty years we have discovered an extraordinary zoo of planetary nightmares outside our own solar system, all of them truly wild worlds, a collection of monsters. Now we must face the question: Is every planet out there a planet from hell?
    • Megastorms
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      7/18/12
      8.0
      On Earth, violent and destructive storms create new opportunities for life. In our quest to discover if we are alone in the universe, we shouldn't just look for worlds, we should look for weather. Find chaotic weather and maybe we will find alien life.
    • Volcanoes
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      7/11/12
      8.0
      Scientists are discovering volcanoes on worlds we once thought dead. From our nearest planetary neighbour to tiny moons billions of miles away, today we are discovering volcanoes on alien worlds. Are these worlds where, tomorrow, we might find life?
    • Twin Suns: The Alien Mysteries
      Season 6 - Episode 4
      1/16/18
      8.0
      Planets that orbit two suns instead of one might be deadly hell worlds, but new discoveries reveal that sci-fi star systems with binary stars might be optimal places for alien life.
    • Big Bang
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      4/25/10
      7.9

      Big Bang is an episode of the popular Discovery Channel series How the Universe Works. The big bang still remains the greatest mystery of all time. Professor Michio Kaku, Professor Lawrence Krauss, Professor Stephen Hawking, Professor Carlos Frenk, Professor Janna Levin, Dr. Monica Dunford and Professor David Spergel, discuss various theories of before, during and after the Big Bang itself with all the technology man has built to understand this phenomena.

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    • Stars
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      5/10/10
      7.8

      Stars is the fourth episode from season one of How the Universe Works is a look into a how stars form and how they affect our world. This episode is narrated by Mike Rowe, and gives the audience a look into the science behind the stars that we see in the clear night sky.

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    • Forces of Mass Construction
      Season 4 - Episode 8
      9/1/15
      7.8
      The role that magnetism played in shaping the cosmos is examined.
    • Solar Systems
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      5/24/10
      7.8

      See how an actual solar system is born. Witness how the earth's solar system was created and see some of the 280 solar systems that have been identified. This episode shows the theory behind why our solar system and its planets were arranged the way they are and looks beyond other solar systems in the vast universe.

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    • Earth: Venus's Evil Twin
      Season 4 - Episode 2
      7/21/15
      7.8
      An examination of Venus; and what it may indicate about Earth's future.
    • Moons
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      5/24/10
      7.8
      Moons from the television show How the Universe Works is an episode that delves into the science behind the moons in the solar system. Astronomers lecture about the history of the Earth's moon and give information about other planets and their moons as well. The audience will learn about moon's orbits, their sizes and their atmospheres from this educational episode.moreless
    • Supernovas
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      5/17/10
      7.8

      Supernovas is an episode of the popular Discovery Channel series How the Universe Works in which the notable theoretical physicist Dr. Michio Kaku discusses the theory of how the heavier elements arrived on Earth and whether supernovas may have larger cousins. Are there hypernovas, and if so, how much energy do they contain?

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    • Jupiter
      Season 3 - Episode 3
      7/23/14
      7.8
    • Sun
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      7/9/14
      7.8
      Sunlight is explored in the Season 3 premiere.
    • Planets
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      5/17/10
      7.8
      Planets is an episode from season one of the hit Discovery Channel series How the Universe Works in which Michio Kaku explains the difference between terrestrial planets and gas giants. How are planets formed? Are the planets in our Solar System similar to those found elsewhere? Watch How the Universe Works and hear the amazing answer.moreless
    • Megaflares
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      8/1/12
      7.5
      The Universe is a magnetic minefield. The Sun spits out flares capable of battering life on Earth. But out there in space lie the true magnetic monsters. As we uncover dangerous megaflares in the cosmos, the question is, will we end up in the firing line?
    • Birth of the Earth
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      8/29/12
      7.5
      "The Earth was formed by a series of cosmic cataclysms including the most powerful blast in the Universe. Yet amid the turmoil our world was born. Could the same chain of events have created other earths elsewhere, inhabited by creatures like us?
    • Comets
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      8/15/12
      7.5
      We follow the odyssey of a comet as it sails through space, watching every move as it evolves from a chunk of ice and rock into an active nucleus engulfed in a gaseous haze. What we learn is a revelation; comets are even more mysterious than we imagined.
    • Asteroids
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      8/22/12
      7.5
      "From icy worlds with more fresh water than Earth to flying mountains of pure metal, asteroids shaped our past and promise much for the future. Could these enigmatic space rocks hold the key to how life in the Universe arises and is extinguished?
    • Extreme Orbits
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      8/8/12
      7.5
      The only reason life on Earth is possible is because of our stable orbit around the Sun. Elsewhere in the Universe, orbits are chaotic, violent and destructive. On the largest scale, orbits are a creative force and construct the fabric of the Universe.
    • How the Universe Built Your Car
      Season 4 - Episode 1
      7/14/15
      7.3
      The Season 4 premiere explains how an auto engine holds within it the history of the universe.
    • Asteroid
      Asteroid
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      3/18/18
      0.0
    • Episode 8
      Episode 8
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      2/26/18
      0.0
    • 2/6/18
      0.0
      Uranus and Neptune are mysterious, icy worlds at the edge of the solar system, and new discoveries reveal that these strange planets might have helped start life on Earth.
    • Episode 7
      Episode 7
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      2/19/18
      0.0
    • Journey to Frozen Worlds
      Journey to Frozen Worlds
      Season 6 - Episode 11
      2/12/18
      0.0
      New discoveries reveal the secrets of some of the strangest and most distant planets in the solar system.
    • Secret History of Mercury
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      2/13/18
      0.0
      Mercury is a deadly world, facing attacks from the sun, comets, and other planets, and even though it's the smallest planet in the solar system, it has a dangerous secret a dangerous secret that might one day threaten life on Earth.
    • Episode 10
      Episode 10
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      2/27/18
      0.0
    • Episode 9
      Episode 9
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      3/5/18
      0.0
    • War on Asteroids
      Season 6 - Episode 16
      3/6/18
      0.0
      Scientists are using cutting-edge technology to stop an asteroid apocalypse, and for the first time, mankind is closer than ever to keeping Earth safe from these killer space rocks.
    • Asteroids: The Deadly Secrets
      Asteroids: The Deadly Secrets
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      3/12/18
      0.0
      New discoveries help scientists investigate the secrets of asteroids.
    • To Infinity and Beyond
      To Infinity and Beyond
      Season 4 - Episode 12
      11/17/15
      0.0
      The edge of the solar system is examined. Included: how its strange features affect life on Earth.
    • Alien Oceans
      Alien Oceans
      Season 4 - Episode 13
      11/24/15
      0.0
    • Search for Alien Moons
      Search for Alien Moons
      Season 6 - Episode 19
      7/2/18
      0.0
      Alien moons might be the best opportunity to find extraterrestrial life, and new discoveries reveal the incredible secrets of these strange worlds.
    • Venus: The Alien Secrets
      Venus: The Alien Secrets
      Season 6 - Episode 21
      11/5/18
      0.0
      New discoveries uncover Venus's alien dangers, and experts reveal if this hellish world could be an omen for life on Earth.
    • Secrets of Alien Worlds
      Secrets of Alien Worlds
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      3/5/18
      0.0
      New discoveries reveal the strange secrets of alien worlds in the solar system and beyond.
    • Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      2/27/18
      0.0
      The solar system is home to hundreds of strange, tiny worlds called dwarf planets, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places.
    • Episode 2
      Episode 2
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      3/6/18
      0.0
    • Expedition to the Hell Planets
      Expedition to the Hell Planets
      Season 6 - Episode 12
      2/19/18
      0.0
      New discoveries reveal the secrets of the most mysterious and dangerous planets in the solar system.
    • When the Universe Kills
      When the Universe Kills
      Season 6 - Episode 13
      2/26/18
      0.0
      New discoveries reveal the terrifying ways that space can destroy all life on Earth.
    • Mystery of Spacetime
      Mystery of Spacetime
      Season 6 - Episode 14
      2/27/18
      0.0
      Spacetime is the secret structure that controls the universe, and this strange four-dimensional substance controls time, light, and energy. It will also determine how the universe will end.
    • Secrets of the Hidden Cosmos
      Secrets of the Hidden Cosmos
      Season 6 - Episode 15
      3/5/18
      0.0
      The latest science helps astronomers uncover the secret and invisible forces that shape the universe.
    • Episode 11
      Episode 11
      Season 6 - Episode 17
      3/12/18
      0.0
    • Episode 6
      Episode 6
      Season 6 - Episode 9
      2/12/18
      0.0
    • Death of the Milky Way
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      1/30/18
      0.0
      The Milky Way is dying, and experts are investigating what's killing it.
    • Episode 8
      Episode 8
      Season 6 - Episode 10
      2/13/18
      0.0
    • Journey From the Center of the Sun
      11/12/14
      0.0
    • End of the Universe
      End of the Universe
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      11/19/14
      0.0
    • End of the Universe
      End of the Universe
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      11/19/14
      0.0
      When and how the universe will end are explored.
    • First Second
      First Second
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      12/3/14
      0.0
      The first second of the universe is explored when space, time, matter and energy burst into creation.
    • First Second of the Big Bang
      First Second of the Big Bang
      Season 3 - Episode 11
      12/23/14
      0.0
    • Episode 9
      Episode 9
      Season 3 - Episode 9
      9/3/14
      0.0
    • The Planet of Nightmares
      The Planet of Nightmares
      Season 4 - Episode 9
      10/27/15
      0.0
      A journey to a terrifying place in the solar system where clouds of poison and scorching heat make life impossible.
    • Interstellar Motor Company
      Interstellar Motor Company
      Season 5 - Episode 2
      11/3/15
      0.0
      How an auto engine holds within it the history of the universe.
    • Cosmic Cannibals
      Cosmic Cannibals
      Season 5 - Episode 4
      12/1/15
      0.0
    • Episode 4
      Episode 4
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      1/29/18
      0.0
    • Episode 6
      Episode 6
      Season 6 - Episode 7
      1/30/18
      0.0
    • Episode 5
      Episode 5
      Season 6 - Episode 8
      2/5/18
      0.0
    • Dark History of the Solar System
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      1/23/18
      0.0
    • Episode 9
      Episode 9
      Season 6 - Episode 6
      1/23/18
      0.0
    • The Universe's Deadliest
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      12/20/16
      0.0
    • Strange Attractions
      Strange Attractions
      Season 5 - Episode 5
      12/8/15
      0.0
    • The Universe's Greatest Miracle
      The Universe's Greatest Miracle
      Season 5 - Episode 6
      12/15/15
      0.0
    • Most Amazing Discoveries
      Most Amazing Discoveries
      Season 5 - Episode 1
      11/22/16
      0.0
      A countdown of discoveries that changed everything known about the universe.
    • Black Holes: The Secret Origin
      Season 5 - Episode 3
      12/6/16
      0.0
    • Alien Hell Worlds
      Alien Hell Worlds
      Season 6 - Episode 20
      11/5/18
      0.0
      New technology is helping experts discover the hell-like conditions on alien worlds, and their findings reveal that these deadly storms might actually help support extraterrestrial life.