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What on Earth?

Season 3 2016 - 2017

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  • 2016-11-16T05:00:00+02:00 on Science
  • 44 mins
  • 14 hours, 40 mins (20 episodes)
  • United States
  • English
  • Documentary
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Eyes in the sky. Watching us from space. Hundreds of satellites showing us the world like we've never seen it before. Capturing images which are breathtaking but bizarre. Objects and phenomena which defy explanation. Baffling phenomena seen from space, what on Earth are they?

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20 episodes

3x01 Lost Treasures of the Grand Canyon

  • Season Premiere

    2016-11-16T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

Increase interest, due to the conflict in Ukraine, leads to the discovery of a strange white splotch in the eastern forest near the Belarus border; strange spots near the Grand Canyon may hold clues to the legendary treasure of a notorious bandit; images captured in 2014 show something that looks like an airport in the southern desert of Saudi Arabia that was not there one year before; in 2014 an engineer looking for home building locations on Oke Bay in New Zealand finds something creating a huge wake in the bay; a series of 32 spiral holes seen in satellite images near Nazca, Peru could be an entrance to an underworld; city-size chunk of ice suddenly disappears in Antarctica.

3x02 Mystery in the Outback

  • 2016-11-23T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A giant carving of a strange humanoid creature in the Australian outback; in 2013 satellites pick up a large blob of warm water in the Pacific off the coast of north western North America, and kept growing larger; top-secret activity at Iran's nuclear facility; bright green lights illuminating the Gulf of Thailand; a series of square stone structures in the Peruvian desert appear as a spine on a mountain ridge; unnaturally blue areas over 2 miles long are seen in the Utah desert.

3x03 Riddle in the Ruins

  • 2016-11-30T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

Black holes near pyramids in Egypt; weather radar in Texas finds a strange pulsing object; in 2015 satellite images show two large white objects with wakes that make them appear to be moving at very high speeds; ruins in Peru that suggest the Inca people knew more than previously thought; in 2001 images of a red swarm on an Indian river bank; a dark streak in the Andean desert of Bolivia may indicate the location of a meteor strike.

3x04 Stonehenge of the Holy Land

  • 2016-12-07T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

Legends of ancient giants surround a mysterious monument in the Holy Land. A bright pink lake could point to a strange, undiscovered new species. When a young boy disappears in a sand dune, satellite images help with the investigation.

3x05 Did We Find Flight 370?

  • 2016-12-14T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A new clue about what happened to missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370; an astronaut's sighting of something strange in the Sahara Desert; and a remote village in Alaska invaded by orange sludge.

3x06 Gateway to Eden

  • 2016-12-21T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A buried monument sheds light on a Bible mystery; an ominous shadow engulfs the Pacific Ocean; and a lake that's shaped like a perfect circle hosts otherworldly life.

3x07 Dagger of Tutankhamun

  • 2017-01-04T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A dagger sealed in King Tut's tomb that seems to have extraterrestrial origins; a massive swastika found in the desert near Roswell, N.M.; and satellites that search for a most-wanted man.

3x08 Raiders of the Holy Lance

  • 2017-01-11T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

The takeover of one of Syria's most ancient archaeology sites; tanks that appear to be facing off in Antarctica next to an unworldly object; and a water reservoir in L.A. that suddenly turns black.

3x09 The Swastika Conspiracy

  • 2017-01-18T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A giant swastika in a German forest; a strange pattern etched into the desert near the famous Nazca lines; and mysterious markings in an isolated corner of Antarctica.

3x10 Inside El Chapo's Escape

  • 2017-01-25T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

Satellite images reveal how El Chapo escaped from a high-security prison in Mexico; mysterious patterns in the Australian outback and the Kalahari Desert spark a major scientific investigation; and a giant black stain appears in a war-torn area of Iraq.

3x11 Ghost of Zorro

  • 2017-02-01T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A giant letter Z is carved into a Mexican hillside, evoking the mark of a legendary outlaw; a strange sighting in Germany points to secrets from the Cold War; and massive, blood-red marks in China prompt fears of a violent government crackdown.

3x12 Curse of the Sea Monster

  • 2017-02-08T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A strange mass breaches surface of an ocean near Antarctica, sparking rumors of a sea monster; an area of the U.S.-Mexico border becomes an international mystery; and ancient rock carvings in a remote mountain range depict weird, unearthly beings.

3x13 Strange Symbols in the Desert

  • 2017-02-15T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

An amateur archaeologist stumbles open strange symbols scratched into the Kazakhstan Desert; CIA surveillance photographs show what looks like a giant Star of David on the island of Cuba; and a lake in the Brazilian rain forest that turned bright pink.

3x14 Bloody Secret of the Lost City

  • 2017-02-22T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A vast structure buried in the sands near the legendary city of Petra points to a bloody past; when terrorists kidnap more that 200 schoolgirls in northern Nigeria, rescuers use satellites to track them down.

3x15 Lost Empire of the Amazon

  • 2017-03-01T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

New evidence could lead to the discovery of an unknown ancient civilization in the Amazon rainforest. An island disappears, and investigators are mystified. An unidentified submarine is spotted in a North Korean shipyard.

3x16 Siberian Hell Pit

  • 2017-03-08T05:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

A massive chasm appears in a remote part of the Siberian forest, and locals call it to a gate to the underworld. Images of a nuclear missile launch silo in Montana are being manipulated. A bright green spiral appears in the Persian Gulf.

3x17 Grand Canyon of the Arctic

  • 2017-03-15T04:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

New evidence reveals a massive Arctic canyon buried beneath the ice; a mysterious island suddenly appears off the coast of the highly sensitive border between Iran and Pakistan; a plane is spotted on Google Earth at the bottom of a lake in Minnesota.

3x18 Hunt for El Dorado

  • 2017-03-22T04:00:00+02:00 — 44 mins

Strange images from the jungles of Colombia could lead researchers to the legendary city of El Dorado; a bright green swirling spiral appears in the seas of the Persian Gulf; and a massive complex suddenly appears in the secretive state of Myanmar.

3x19 Forbidden Cities of the Maya

  • 2017-03-29T05:00:00+03:00 — 44 mins

A young boy makes international headlines when he uses satellite images to discover lost cities of the Maya; satellite images might point to a modern-day genocide; and trees in China seem to be spelling out a sinister message.

3x20 The Curse of Merlin

  • 2017-04-05T05:00:00+03:00 — 44 mins

The myth of Merlin is associated with an arrangement of stones in northern France, and satellite images might finally solve this ancient riddle; investigators uncover something mysterious buried beneath the Gulf of Mexico; and an island suddenly appears.

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