How the Universe Works: Series 7
How the Universe Works is the greatest story ever told, the creation of everything us. The programme investigates how the Universe came into existence out of nothing, and how it grew from a miniscule point, smaller than an atomic particle, to the vast cosmos we see today.
Part 1: Nightmares of Neutron Stars
Neutron stars are strange and violent phenomena that defy the laws of physics, and new discoveries reveal that these bizarre nightmares are far more deadly than we ever thought, with the power to destroy planets and even other stars.
Part 2: When Supernovas Strike
Supernovas are the violent death of giant stars, and new discoveries reveal that these cataclysmic events create the elements that are essential to all life in the universe.
Part 3: The Interstellar Mysteries
Interstellar space is the space between the universe’s stars and new discoveries reveal that it’s not empty and unremarkable as previously thought, but filled with weird objects and strange phenomena that might hold the darkest secrets of our cosmos.
Part 4: How Black Holes Made Us
Black holes aren’t the violent monsters we think they are, and new discoveries reveal that they might have been essential to creating stars, giving light, and building the universe itself.
Part 5: Secret World of Nebulas
Nebulas are the strange structures of cosmic gas and dust where stars are born and die, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places.
Part 6: Did the Big Bang Really Happen
New discoveries are causing astronomers to question if the Big Bang really happened, and using the latest science, they investigate if it wasn’t just the start of our universe but many mysterious multiverses.
Part 7: Battle of the Dark Universe
Dark matter and dark energy are locked in an epic battle for control of the cosmos, and the winner will determine the fate of the universe. New discoveries might reveal which force will emerge victorious.
Part 8: Hunt for Alien Life
The latest discoveries suggest that we might be on the verge of discovering life beyond our planet, and scientists are investigating if earth’s life began elsewhere in the universe, and whether we need to evolve to know for sure.
Part 9: Finding the New Earth
New discoveries have revealed thousands of exoplanets beyond our solar system, and some resemble earth enough that one could be a new home for humanity. But even with cutting-edge technology, finding the perfect one is the scientific challenge of the age.
Part 10: Cassinis Final Secrets
For twenty years, NASA’s Cassini spacecraft revealed the strange secrets of Saturn until it vaporized in its atmosphere in a blaze of glory. But today its legacy lives on, as fresh data from the probe helps scientists make brand-new discoveries.