Season 14, Episode 12 Death of a Star

First Aired: October 6, 1987

A 1987 sighting of a supernova, an exploded star that releases atomic particles with a force equal to "all the energy the sun will give out in its 10 billion-year lifetime, multiplied by 100." Researchers worked frantically to identify the star, because supernovas flash brilliantly but fade rather quickly.

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  • Premiered: March 3, 1974
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  • Premise: PBS's premier science-documentary series, which has won six Peabody Awards and more than 20 Emmys (four in 2002 alone) since its 1974 debut. `Nova' clearly, and often engagingly, `demystifies' a vast range of science, technology and history topics---past a… (more)

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