Season 27, Episode 18 Runaway Universe

First Aired: November 21, 2000

Following astronomers as they seek to determine how fast the universe is expanding. Their gauge: supernovas (seen here in computer animation). They are “a very special breed of shooting stars,” says astronomer Brian Schmidt, who heads one of two teams searching for nothing less than “the ultimate fate of all we know.” Both teams are seen at work at telescopes in Chile, Hawaii and New Mexico. They're both astounded to find that the expansion is speeding up. “Space,” says Schmidt, “is separating from itself.”

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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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