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How the Universe Works

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Documentary7+2010 - Present6 Seasons

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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Season 6

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Season 06, Episode 01 Are Black Holes Real?

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Jan 10, 2018
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Are Black Holes Real? New discoveries are challenging everything we know about black holes, and astronomers are beginning to question if they even exist. The latest science tries to explain how they work and what they look like, despite the fact we've never actually seen one.

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Season 06, Episode 02 Episode 2

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Jan 17, 2018
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Episode 2 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.

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Season 06, Episode 03 Dark History of the Solar System

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Jan 24, 2018
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Dark History of the Solar System Our solar system hides a dark and violent past, and new discoveries reveal that the earth and planets were formed from the destruction of strange alien worlds that came before us.

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Season 06, Episode 04 Death of the Milky Way

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Jan 31, 2018
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Death of the Milky Way The Milky Way is dying, and experts are investigating what's killing it.

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Season 06, Episode 05 Uranus & Neptune: Rise of the Ice Giants

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Feb 7, 2018
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Uranus & Neptune: Rise of the Ice Giants Uranus and Neptune are mysterious, icy worlds at the edge of the solar system; new discoveries reveal that these strange planets may have helped start life on Earth.

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Season 06, Episode 06 Secret History of Mercury

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Feb 14, 2018
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Secret History of Mercury 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.

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Season 06, Episode 07 Episode 7

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Feb 13, 2018
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Episode 7 Mercury is a deadly world, facing attacks from the Sun, comets, and other planets; even though it's the smallest planet in the solar system, Mercury has a dangerous secret that may one day threaten life on Earth.

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Season 5

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Season 05, Episode 01 Most Amazing Discoveries

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Nov 23, 2016
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Most Amazing Discoveries From the furthest reaches of space to our own cosmic backyard, we count down the discoveries that changed everything we know about our universe.

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Season 05, Episode 02 Black Holes: The Secret Origin

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Dec 6, 2016
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Black Holes: The Secret Origin 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.

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Season 05, Episode 02 Mystery of Planet 9

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Nov 30, 2016
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Mystery of Planet 9 Scientists have discovered a mysterious ninth planet on the very edge of our solar system. Ten times the size of Earth, this strange world could have moons with extraterrestrial life.

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Season 05, Episode 03 Black Holes: The Secret Origin

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Dec 7, 2016
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Black Holes: The Secret Origin 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.

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Season 05, Episode 04 Secret History of Pluto

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Jan 4, 2017
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Secret History of Pluto 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 harbor life.

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Season 05, Episode 05 Stars That Kill

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Jan 11, 2017
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Stars That Kill The universe is home to real-life Death Stars that could destroy planet Earth. The latest science reveals the terrifying secrets of NASA's six deadliest: vampire stars, supernovas that can vaporize a planet, and unpredictable stars gone rogue.

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Season 05, Episode 06 The Universe's Deadliest

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Jan 18, 2017
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The Universe's Deadliest The universe is a dangerous place, and we explore the deadliest spots in the cosmos. Between earth and the edge of the universe, there are a million ways to die, and our crash test dummy is on a mission to reveal the worst.

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