How the Universe Works 5

We continue our journey into the cosmos to answer the ultimate questions.
8 x 60' for Science Channel

Synopsis

How the Universe Works 5 will continue its journey into the cosmos to answer some of those questions. It will combine interviews with the world's foremost organisations such as NASA, ESA and CERN, scientists, fascinating experiments in leading research facilities, visual effects and cutting-edge CGI to give an absorbing insight into how all the elements in our Universe evolved and continue to evolve.

The new season will carry on How the Universe Work's aim to continue to unravel some of the mysteries of the universe by discussing complex science in a direct clear manner. The show has built up a reputation for presenting complex scientific ideas in an entertaining yet highly informative way, the show is well respected throughout the scientific community which is something we are proud of and will continue to build upon through this new season.

This new season will consist of 8 one hour episodes, where each episode will focus on its own specific topic allowing us the time to properly explore these topics in detail.

Planet 9
Planet 9, lurks on the edge of our solar system – but what is this newly discovered world really like? It could be a fiery super-earth, an icy mega-Pluto or even a gassy mini-Neptune. Will Planet 9 have moons with the potential for life  – or will it turn out to be an alien world snatched from a passing star?

Million Ways To Die
The universe is a dangerous place… so dangerous that we’ve recruited a space ship full of crash test dummies to explore the most deadly hot spots in the cosmos. This is the ultimate guide to a million ways to die in space.

Black Holes
Giant super-massive black holes are at the center of most galaxies, but no-one knows how they get so big? We explore theories from feasting on dark matter to cannibalism and exploding Dark Stars as investigate this mystery.

Mars
Life could have got started many times on Mars, but if it did, the Martians have been the victims of a devastating series of extinctions.  Colossal planetary impacts, ferocious climate change and atmospheric collapse have wiped out the Martians, but this programme will show how life bounces back.

Killer Stars
We’ve all heard of the Death Star, but the Universe has its own gallery of killer stars worthy of any sci-fi film. We bring you the top 6 of NASA’s most wanted stars. From planet vaporizing supernovas, to rogue stars hurtling through space – could Earth be next on the hit list?

Pluto
July 2015 the New Horizons probe speeds past the dwarf planet Pluto.  The images it returns send shock-waves through the world of science.  Mountain ranges, glaciers and an atmosphere streaked with organic chemistry are all revealed.  Could tiny Pluto, so far from the Sun, even provide a home for life?

Dark Matter
Dark matter is the biggest mystery in cosmology today. It has controlled the fate of the Universe since the dawn of time; produced galaxies, dark worlds, super-massive black holes, volcanic explosions, and perhaps even shaped life on Earth… Without it, we wouldn’t exist.

Exoplanets
Astronomers have been finding a variety of weird new worlds that have shocked the world of science over and over again. Planets without stars, diamond worlds and light-eating gas giants… will we ever find a second Earth, or is the reality that the universe is just stranger than any fiction we could ever imagine?

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