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How the Universe Works"How the Universe Works" is the ultimate cosmos operator's manual, a revealing look at the inner workings of outer space. Computer imagery allows viewers to explore black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, dark energy, and all of the other forces that produce what exists and what people see.
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S11, EP5 "Solar System Special"Exploring new discoveries that rewrite the history of the solar system, revealing a complex and violent story that begins with the birth of the sun from the debris of a massive galactic collision to its eventual fate as a lone zombie star.
S11, EP4 "Asteroid: Countdown to Catastrophe"In a fictional scenario set in 2029, an asteroid hurtling towards Earth at 40,000 mph will reduce New York to ashes; examining the hypothetical, experts weigh in to determine what could happen, and how it might be stopped.
S11, EP3 "Most Violent Event in the Universe"The collision of two supermassive black holes is the most violent event that can occur in the universe; experts explore where a black hole's energy originates and what really happens when the two most powerful objects in the cosmos clash.
S11, EP2 "A Robot's Guide to Mars"Mars is infested with robots, orbiting the planet and roaming the Martian surface on a mission to uncover its secrets; now, Perseverance joins this dedicated group of machines to uncover if there is, or was ever, life on the Red Planet.
S11, EP1 "The Moons of Saturn"With more than 80 moons, Saturn could rank among the most dynamic planetary system in Sol's neighborhood; with its giant underground oceans and protective magnetic fields, experts explore how Saturn's moons offer new insight into the Solar System.
S10, EP8 "Voyager's Ultimate Mission"As the two Voyager spacecraft reach interstellar space, experts explore their astonishing discoveries and how their extended operation has transformed into the ultimate mission.
S10, EP6 "Dark History of Earth"Earth's history is marked by one cosmic disaster after another, forging the path of human evolution; now, experts explore how the Earth has teetered on the verge of destruction.
S10, EP4 "Hunt for Dark Matter"Dark Matter is thought to be the cosmic glue that holds the universe together, yet the search for it continues to eluded scientists today.
S10, EP2 "Curse of the Cosmic Rays"Cosmic rays capable of destroying human DNA are hurtling through outer space like subatomic bullets, causing space crews radiation damage.
S10, EP1 "Secrets of the Cosmic Web"New astronomical research is beginning to reveal an invisible scaffold of dark matter known as the Cosmic Web, an intergalactic network that transformed the universe from a chaotic Big Bang into the structured beauty of the present day cosmos.
S9, EP11 "Mystery of Alien Worlds"An explosion in the discovery of exoplanets is challenging everything we know about our universe; experts use cutting-edge astronomy to investigate these mysterious alien worlds and how they defy the laws of physics.
S9, EP10 "Gravitational Waves Revealed"Gravitational waves are helping scientists explore the cosmos in revolutionary, new ways, and the discoveries they make are revealing the universe's greatest mysteries.
S9, EP9 "Birth of the Monster Black Holes"New discoveries reveal an astonishing supermassive black hole that was born during the earliest days of the cosmos, and finding out how this giant grew so large so quickly may help to explain the very formation of the universe itself.
S9, EP8 "Secret Lives of Neutrinos"Neutrinos are the most mysterious particles in the universe, and they power some of the most explosive events in the cosmos; new discoveries reveal how these ghosts pass through objects undetected and why they could be the reason humans exist.
S9, EP7 "The Next Supernova"The galaxy is full of stars ready to explode into supernovas, a stellar detonation powerful enough to destroy all life on Earth; it's an event that hasn't occurred in 400 years, and the search is on to locate which star may be next.
S9, EP6 "War of the Galaxies"Galaxies are locked in continual combat across the universe, and the Milky Way will face its biggest opponent ever, the Andromeda Galaxy, in a titanic and deadly struggle that could create a new and unrecognizable super galaxy.
S9, EP5 "Curse of the White Dwarf"White dwarfs are small, dead stars with a dangerous side, and they are capable of exploding into supernovas and destroying planets; new research suggests these mysterious phenomena may be the key to understanding the universe itself.
S9, EP2 "Mission to a Comet"The Rosetta mission is a groundbreaking expedition to land on a comet for the very first time; special access reveals what this cutting-edge journey discovers and how these mysterious objects help create life on Earth.
S9, EP1 "Journey to a Black Hole"The heart of the M87 supermassive black hole, the first and only black hole ever photographed; the mystery of how it grew so large, what lies inside, and how it controls the entire galaxy.
S8, EP9 "Earth's Death Orbit"Earth's journey through the universe is a perilous one; new discoveries reveal that the planet is heading toward a mysterious area of the cosmos.
S8, EP8 "Monsters of the Milky Way"The center of the Milky Way is home to strange and deadly phenomena that is difficult to understand, but using the latest science, experts are revealing how the supermassive black hole the galaxy's core shapes life on Earth.
S8, EP7 "Edge of the Universe"We don't yet know where the edge of the universe is or what happens there; but thanks to cutting-edge technology and new discoveries, experts might finally reveal the secrets of the phenomena that can be found in deepest reaches of the cosmos.
S8, EP6 "When NASA Met Jupiter"NASA's Juno spacecraft is part of a cutting-edge mission to explore the mysteries of Jupiter; as this mighty probe is pummeled with deadly radiation, it gathers new data that could change everything we know about the solar system's biggest planet.
S8, EP5 "Secrets of Time Travel"Time travel may be more possible now than ever imagined, and today, cutting-edge technology and the latest research into black holes and wormholes is helping experts get much closer to discovering how to travel through time.
S8, EP4 "Death of the Last Stars"The universe's stars are dying off faster than new ones are born; using the latest technology, experts investigate the secrets of the last stars of the cosmos and what this stellar apocalypse means for life on Earth.
S8, EP3 "Hunt for Alien Evidence"The discovery of extraterrestrial life might face an impossible challenge: the physics of the universe itself; using cutting-edge tech, experts might be on the verge of a groundbreaking find, and the evidence could already be in hand.
S8, EP2 "NASA's Journey to Mars"NASA plans to send humans to Mars within just 15 years, but to reach this next frontier of space exploration, experts must discover new technology and cutting-edge science that protects astronauts from the Red Planet's deadliest killers.
S8, EP1 "Asteroid Apocalypse: The New Threat"If a massive asteroid collides with Earth, it could end life on the planet as one knows it; new discoveries reveal just how close civilization is to apocalypse and what it would take for the world's leading space agencies to stop it.
S7, EP10 "Cassini's 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.
S7, EP9 "Finding the New Earth"New discoveries have revealed thousands of exoplanets beyond the solar system, and some resemble earth enough that one could be a new home for humanity; with cutting-edge technology, finding the perfect one is the scientific challenge of the age.
S7, EP8 "Hunt for Alien Life"The latest discoveries suggest life beyond this planet; scientists investigate if earth's life began elsewhere in the universe, and whether humans need to evolve to know for sure.
S7, EP7 "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.
S7, EP6 "Did the Big Bang Really Happen?"New discoveries cause astronomers to question if the Big Bang really happened, and using the latest science, they investigate if it wasn't just the start of the universe but many mysterious multiverses.
S7, EP5 "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.
S7, EP4 "How Black Holes Made Us"Black holes are not the violent monsters people think they are, and new discoveries reveal that they might have been essential to creating stars, giving light, and building the universe itself.
S7, EP3 "The Interstellar Mysteries"Discoveries about interstellar space, the space between the universe's stars, 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 the cosmos.
S7, EP2 "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.
S7, EP1 "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 previously believed, with the power to destroy planets and even other stars.
S6, EP10 "Mystery of Spacetime"Spacetime is the secret structure that controls our universe, and this strange four-dimensional substance controls time, light, and energy; it will also determine how our universe will end.
S6, EP9 "War on Asteroids"Scientists use cutting-edge technology to stop an asteroid apocalypse; mankind comes closer to keeping Earth safe from killer space rocks.
S6, EP8 "Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets"Our solar system is home to hundreds of strange, tiny worlds called dwarf planets, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places.
S6, EP7 "The Quasar Engima"Quasars are the brightest and most powerful objects in the universe, and though they have shaped the cosmos, they might ultimately destroy everything that exists.
S6, EP6 "Secret History of Mercury"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.
S6, EP5 "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.
S6, EP4 "Death of the Milky Way"Experts utilize the latest science and discoveries to investigate the cause of the Milky Way galaxy's gradual death.
S6, EP3 "Dark History of the Solar System"The solar system hides a dark and violent past, and new discoveries reveal that Earth and the planets were formed from the destruction of strange alien worlds.
S6, EP2 "Twin Suns: The Alien Mysteries"Star systems with binary stars, once relegated to science-fiction, may actually exist and serve as ideal places for alien life to thrive.
S6, EP1 "Are Black Holes Real?"Cosmologists say there are black holes throughout the Universe, but they've never seen one and it's almost impossible to study them directly.
S5, EP9 "Strangest Alien Worlds"Discoveries of new planets have revealed countless worlds much stranger than Earth; some of these strange worlds don't have stars and others are made out of diamonds.
S5, EP8 "The Dark Matter Enigma"Dark matter is the biggest mystery of the cosmos; scientists know that it has been vital to our universe since its birth, and new discoveries reveal that it could create black holes, cause mass extinctions, and might even shape life on Earth itself.
S5, EP7 "Life & Death on the Red Planet"The evolution of life on Mars before a series of cataclysmic events transformed the planet from a watery world to a hostile one; scientists believe life will find a way to continue despite the setbacks.
S5, EP6 "The Universe's Deadliest"The universe is a dangerous place; exploring the deadliest spots in the cosmos; between earth and the edge of the universe, there are a million ways to die; a crash test dummy is on a mission.
S5, EP5 "Stars That Kill"Exploring the real-life Death Stars in the cosmos that could snuff out Earth without much effort; the science of the destructive power behind six of the deadliest stars; vampire stars; supernovas; rogue stars.
S5, EP4 "Secret History of Pluto"The first close-up images of Pluto reveal unimaginable secrets; scientists investigate if Pluto is home to a warm ocean of liquid water beneath its surface and whether this underground ocean could harbor life.
S5, EP3 "Black Holes: The Secret Origin"Recent evidence could explain how supermassive black holes grow so big; neither dark matter nor cannibalism can fully explain these beasts, but the latest science may finally provide an answer.
S5, EP2 "Mystery of Planet 9"Scientists have discovered a mysterious ninth planet ten times the size of Earth on the very edge of the solar system; this strange world could have moons with extraterrestrial life.
S4, EP8 "Forces of Mass Construction"Scientists attempt to understand how this strange force of magnetism works.
S4, EP7 "The First Oceans"For years, scientists suspected that the oceans came from molecules delivered to Earth from distant stars by asteroids, but a new discovery suggests that their true origins may be more exotic.
S4, EP6 "Secret History of the Moon"The incredible secrets of the moon are revealed; the moon might be responsible for life on Earth.
S4, EP5 "Dawn of Life"Discovering how life on Earth came to be; the possibility that life on Earth come from another planet.
S4, EP4 "Edge of the Solar System"Huge magnetic bubbles millions of miles wide; strange invisible matter, and a death star tearing through bands of icy comets, flinging them into violent orbits.
S4, EP3 "Monster Black Hole"A look inside the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way to discover terrifying secrets about parallel universes, wormholes, and space-time.
S4, EP2 "Venus: Earth's Evil Twin"There is a planet in the solar system covered in thick, dense clouds and roasted by colossal temperatures, and is a vision of Earth's future; taking a look at Venus to understand how Earth will be destroyed.
S4, EP1 "How the Universe Built Your Car"The history of the Universe lies beneath the hood of your car; The iron in your chassis, the gold in your stereo and the copper in your electronics all owe their existence to violent cosmic events that took place billions of years ago.
S3, EP8 "Starman"Scientists are working on new propulsion systems that would allow travel to distant worlds.
S3, EP7 "Milky Way"Research suggest that super massive black hole might be the creator of the Milky Way.
S3, EP6 "Extinction"The universe's weapons of extinction; asteroids strike; planets collide; black holes blast out death rays; volcanoes erupt and ice engulfs the plane.
S3, EP5 "Saturn"Scientists are looking for life on Saturn's moons and they may have found it on Titan.
S3, EP4 "First Second"The most important second in history which seals the Universe's fate.
S3, EP3 "Jupiter"Beneath Jupiter's clouds lie the solar system's deepest secrets.
S3, EP2 "End of the Universe"Examining the ways the universe could come to an end.
S3, EP1 "Journey From the Center of the Sun"Examining how light travels out from the core of the sun through gravity and magnetism.
S2, EP8 "Birth of the Earth"The Earth was formed by a series of cosmic cataclysms.
S2, EP7 "Asteroids"Asteroids shaped our past and promise much in the future.
S2, EP6 "Comets"Watch the movement of a comet as it evolves from a chunk of ice and rock into an active nucleus engulfed in a gaseous haze.
S2, EP5 "Extreme Orbits"Orbits are a creative force and construct the fabric of the Universe.
S2, EP4 "Megaflares"Could the earth be in the line of fire from the dangerous megaflares from the sun.
S2, EP3 "Planets from Hell"Discovering an extraordinary zoo of planetary nightmares outside our own planet.
S2, EP2 "Megastorms"Examining chaotic weather to help determine whether we are alone in the universe.
S2, EP1 "Volcanoes"Scientists discover volcanoes on alien worlds and wonder whether life exists there.
S1, EP8 "Alien Moons"The moon and how it relates to finding alien life in the universe.
S1, EP8 "Hunt for the Universe's Origin"Determining the age of the universe continues to be an elusive endeavor for scientists as their results are conflicting, and without a definitive answer, everything that's known about the cosmos could be completely wrong.
S1, EP6 "Extreme Planets"The journey of planets as they grow from grains of dust to magnificently diverse worlds.
S1, EP5 "Supernovas"Understanding large explosions called supernovas.
"How the Universe Works""How the Universe Works" is the ultimate cosmos operator's manual, a revealing look at the inner workings of outer space. Computer imagery allows viewers to explore black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, dark energy, and all of the other forces that produce what exists and what people see.
"How the Universe Works" is the ultimate cosmos operator's manual, a revealing look at the inner workings of outer space. Computer imagery allows viewers to explore black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, dark energy, and all of the other forces that produce what exists and what people see.
Original Air Date: Apr 25, 2010
Genres: DocuseriesTV Series
Rating: TVPG
Playback: HD
12 seasons available on demand (85 episodes)
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