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How the Universe Works

Season 5 2016 - 2017
TV-PG

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  • 2016-11-23T04:00:00+00:00 on Science
  • 42 mins
  • 6 hours, 18 mins (9 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary
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A users' guide to the cosmos, from the Big Bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons: where did it all come from and how does it all fit together? A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

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9 episodes

5x01 Most Amazing Discoveries

  • Season Premiere

    2016-11-23T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

A countdown of discoveries that changed everything known about the universe.

5x02 Mystery of Planet 9

  • 2016-11-30T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

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.

5x03 Black Holes: The Secret Origin

  • 2016-12-07T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

Recent discoveries could explain how supermassive black holes grow so big, one of the universe's most mysterious questions. Neither dark matter nor cannibalism can fully explain these monsters, but the latest science might finally provide an answer.

5x04 Secret History of Pluto

  • 2017-01-04T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

Pluto is the subject, with an investigation into whether the planet has an underground ocean.
The first close-up images of Pluto revealed unimaginable secrets of this mysterious frozen world. Now, scientists investigate if Pluto is home to a warm ocean of liquid water beneath its surface, and whether this underground ocean could harbour life.

5x05 Stars That Kill

  • 2017-01-11T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

Exploring the real-life Death Stars in the cosmos that could snuff out Earth without much effort; the science of the destructive power behind six of the deadliest star; vampire stars; supernovas; rogue stars.

5x06 The Universe's Deadliest

  • 2017-01-18T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

The deadliest spots in the cosmos are explored.

5x07 Life & Death on the Red Planet

  • 2017-01-25T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

The evolution of life on Mars before a series of cataclysmic events transformed the planet from a watery world to a hostile one; scientists believe life will find a way to continue despite the setbacks.

5x08 The Dark Matter Enigma

  • 2017-02-01T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

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.

5x09 Strangest Alien Worlds

  • 2017-02-08T04:00:00+00:00 — 42 mins

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.

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