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How the Universe Works Season 5 Episodes

9 Episodes 2016 - 2017

Documentary series that examins the universe's mechanisms, structures and phenomena, featuring CGI and expert commentary.

Episode 1

Most Amazing Discoveries

Tue, Nov 22, 2016 45 mins

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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Episode 2

Mystery of Planet 9

Tue, Nov 29, 2016 45 mins

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

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Episode 3

Black Holes: The Secret Origin

Tue, Oct 27, 2015 45 mins

The first close-up images of Pluto revealed unimaginable secrets of the mysterious frozen world. Now, scientists investigate the possibility of a warm ocean of sub-surface water on Pluto, and whether this it could harbor life.

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Episode 4

Secret History of Pluto

Tue, Jan 3, 2017 45 mins

The universe is home to real-life Death Stars that could destroy planet Earth. Science reveals the terrifying secrets of NASA's 6 deadliest: vampire stars, supernovas that can vaporize a planet, and unpredictable stars gone rogue.

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Episode 5

Stars That Kill

Tue, Jan 10, 2017 45 mins

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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Episode 6

The Universe's Deadliest

Tue, Jan 17, 2017 45 mins

Life once existed on Mars, but devastating mass extinctions have now made life nearly impossible. The latest science shows how Martian life keeps bouncing back as it transforms from a watery world like Earth into a desert planet.

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Episode 7

Life & Death on the Red Planet

Tue, Dec 13, 2016 45 mins

The cycle of life on Mars is examined.

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Episode 8

The Dark Matter Enigma

Tue, Jan 31, 2017 45 mins

Discoveries have revealed countless worlds much stranger than Earth. Some of these worlds don't have stars, others are made out of diamonds. Will we ever find a planet like Earth, or are these distant worlds stranger than fiction?

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Episode 9

Strangest Alien Worlds

Tue, Feb 7, 2017 45 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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