Modern Marvels

Season 15 Episode 41


Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Dec 26, 2008 on The History Channel
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Some activities only occur when the world is dark. Stay up late off the coast of California to hunt squid by the tens of thousands. Visit Toronto, Canada where an army of pickers pluck countless night crawlers emerging from their burrows. In Tennessee,capture the action as military trainees try their hand at the latest night vision gear. And experience how hard it is to evade a police helicopter's spotlight, or powerful noses and sharp teeth when the cops deploy their K-9 units. For some after hours fun, see how more than six hundred, 2,000 watt lights can turn night into day inside the Pittsburgh Pirates' new state-of-the-art stadium.moreless
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  • TRIVIA (4)

    • While foot long nightcrawlers can be found in North America, one specimen of a South African giant earthworm measured a record shattering 22 feet.

    • Night on the planet Mercury can be as cold as -280 degrees F, 1,000 degrees colder than during the day. It's the greatest night to day temperature variation within out solar system.

    • Barrow, Alaska, more than 300 miles north of the Arctic Circle, experiences the longest winter night of any city in the United States: it lasts more than two months.

    • Due to nighttime light pollution, it has been estimated that two thirds of Americans can no longer see the Milky Way from their backyards.

  • QUOTES (1)

    • Narrator: When the sun goes down, it's a whole different world out there: mysterious, thrilling and sometimes very scary. Light is the key to rounding up thousands of pounds of writhing nocturnal creatures, technology helps the military detect the enemy, cops catch culprits and jet pilots see what's ahead when there's blackness beyond the cockpit and a dark sky provides the perfect backdrop for dazzling spectacles. Now, the secrets of Night, on Modern Marvels.

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