How the Universe Works

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  • Twin Suns: The Alien Mysteries

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    S 6 : Ep 4 - 1/16/18

    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.
  • Are Black Holes Real?

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    S 6 : Ep 2 - 1/9/18

  • Strangest Alien Worlds

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    S 5 : Ep 9 - 2/7/17

    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 Dark Matter Enigma

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    S 5 : Ep 8 - 1/31/17

    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.moreless
  • Stars That Kill

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 1/10/17

    A look at real-life "death stars" that could destroy Earth. Included: vampire stars; supernovas; and stars gone rogue.
  • Secret History of Pluto

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 1/3/17

    Pluto is the subject, with an investigation into whether the planet has an underground ocean.
  • The Universe's Deadliest

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    S 5 : Ep 5 - 12/20/16

  • Black Holes: The Secret Origin

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    S 5 : Ep 3 - 12/6/16

  • Mystery of Planet 9

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    S 5 : Ep 2 - 11/29/16

    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.moreless
  • Forces of Mass Construction

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    S 4 : Ep 8 - 9/1/15

    The role that magnetism played in shaping the cosmos is examined.
  • The First Oceans

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    S 4 : Ep 7 - 8/25/15

  • Secret History of the Moon

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    S 4 : Ep 6 - 8/18/15

  • Dawn of Life

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    S 4 : Ep 5 - 8/11/15

  • Edge of the Solar System

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    S 4 : Ep 4 - 8/4/15

    How Earth may be impacted by the heliosphere.
  • Monster Black Hole

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    S 4 : Ep 3 - 7/28/15

  • Earth: Venus's Evil Twin

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    S 4 : Ep 2 - 7/21/15

    An examination of Venus; and what it may indicate about Earth's future.
  • How the Universe Built Your Car

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    S 4 : Ep 1 - 7/14/15

    The Season 4 premiere explains how an auto engine holds within it the history of the universe.
  • Starman

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    S 3 : Ep 8 - 8/27/14

    Potential homes for humans in space are investigated.

  • Milky Way

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    S 3 : Ep 7 - 8/20/14

    The origins of the Milky Way galaxy are explored.
  • Extinction

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    S 3 : Ep 6 - 8/13/14

  • Saturn

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    S 3 : Ep 5 - 8/6/14

  • First Second

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    S 3 : Ep 4 - 7/30/14

  • Jupiter

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    S 3 : Ep 3 - 7/23/14

  • End of the Universe

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    S 3 : Ep 2 - 7/16/14

  • Sun

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    S 3 : Ep 1 - 7/9/14

    Sunlight is explored in the Season 3 premiere.
  • Birth of the Earth

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    S 2 : Ep 8 - 8/29/12

    "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?moreless
  • Asteroids

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    S 2 : Ep 7 - 8/22/12

    "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?moreless
  • Comets

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    S 2 : Ep 6 - 8/15/12

    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.moreless
  • Extreme Orbits

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    S 2 : Ep 5 - 8/8/12

    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.moreless
  • Megaflares

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    S 2 : Ep 4 - 8/1/12

    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?moreless
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