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  • THE KNOWN UNIVERSE

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From the Big Bang to the possibility of alien life and deep space travel, scientists expand our understanding of the universe.

Ever wondered what would happen if you were sucked into a black hole? Or, if wormholes could make time travel a reality? And could life on Earth survive a huge meteor strike like the one that took out the dinosaurs?

This series combines the most current scientific information, cutting-edge computer graphics, dramatic time-lapse sequences and everyday examples to shed light on some of the most mind-boggling aspects of our universe.

Sizing Up The Universe
In the known universe, size matters. From the enormity of the galaxy, to the tiny atoms that are the building blocks of everything, the universe is a place of extreme sizes. From the unimaginably big to the incomprehensibly small, explore size in the universe and exactly what it means to us and our understanding of the cosmos.

Blowing Up The Universe
Hidden behind all its serene beauty, the universe is a place of lurking peril, full of powers so immense they defy our comprehension. Take a look at the universe's dark side, a cosmos of impending menace. From earthquakes to hurricanes to massive asteroid impacts and exploding stars, explore its explosive powers and uncover the destructive forces that could be unleashed at any moment.

Speeding Through The Universe
In the cosmos’ vast expanse, nothing matters more than speed. Whether venturing out to the farthest reaches of the solar system or exploring the mysteries of space and time, speed is the key. From the merely quick to the unimaginably fast, explore speed and find out how tremendous velocities reveal a universe stranger and more exotic than ever imagined.

EPISODE GUIDE

  • The Known Universe: Collision Course
    The universe is on a collision course. We'll show the collisions that created our planet, moon, what's around Earth, and travel into the cosmos.
  • The Known Universe: Is Anyone Out There?
    Are we alone in the universe? It's a question people have been asking for thousands of years and we're closer than ever to finding the answers.
  • The Known Universe: Star Gates
    Where are we in the cosmos? What connection do we have to the stars?
  • The Known Universe: Stellar Storms
    In this episode, we'll take you into the heart of the universe's biggest super-storms.
  • The Known Universe: Time Bombs
    In the history of our planet, nothing has been as deadly as earthquakes and volcanoes.
  • The Known Universe: To The Extremes
    In this episode of Known Universe we explore the two most daunting frontiers left in science, the deep ocean and deep space.
  • The Known Universe: Surviving Outer Space
    The human body thrives on the welcome confines of Earth…but in space, survival becomes a tense, daily challenge.
  • The Known Universe: Treasure Hunt
    For ages, mankind has been obsessed with finding treasure, from mining gold and other precious metals to the allure of diamonds.
  • The Known Universe: Most Powerful Stars
    Our Sun is a tremendous source of energy and danger, but it has nothing on the stars that lie beyond our solar system.
  • The Known Universe: Extreme Space Tech
    We'll explore how science is re-thinking our most advanced technologies here on Earth and transform them for space.
  • The Known Universe: Biggest Cosmic Blasts
    We discover explosive forces in the universe every day,including ice-volcanoes on Saturn's moon Enceladus,Venus' entire surface and surface of Mars.
  • The Known Universe: Construction Zone
    We'll travel to NASA's tool lab and see the gear we need to build in from high tech wrenches and hammers to the ultimate robotic handyman, Robonaut.
  • The Known Universe: Escaping Earth
    We will find out just how tough and complicated future space travel can be and the challengea of just getting off the planet.
  • The Known Universe: End of The World
    Join us for an epic tale of death and rebirth from asteroids, comets and moons, to planets, stars…even galaxies on Known Universe.
  • The Known Universe: Speeding Through The Universe
    Explore the mysteries of space, time and speed. We see how velocities reveal a universe stranger and more exotic than we could ever imagine.
  • The Known Universe: Sizing Up The Universe
    From the enormous universe to tiny atoms that make up the building blocks of everything, size matters when it comes to understanding the cosmos.
  • The Known Universe: Blowing Up The Universe
    We'll explore our universe's dark side - the explosive universe and reveal those destructive powers that could be unleashed at any moment.
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