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2008

8 Feb. 2008
The Milky Way
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, consists of more than stars and planets. The wide variety of other celestial objects that call the Milk Way home are described. And the Milky Way is not alone but has some nearby companions.
 
8 Jan. 2008
Alien Moons
The number of known moons of the outer planets have exploded in recent years. Each has it own story to tell regarding its composition, geological activity and origin.
 
15 Jan. 2008
Dark Matter
Scientists hunt for dark matter in the strangest of places. They know where it is, what it does and can sort of see it if they look in the right way. They just can't quite figure out what it is or how to get their hands on it even though it's everywhere. But it is well understood compared to dark energy which is an even bigger mystery.
 
29 Jan. 2008
Astrobiology
Scientists speculate on how life originated on earth based on the range of conditions where life survives today and the conditions that existed on the early earth. They then look for those conditions, past or present, that may exist on other planets or moons.
 
12 Feb. 2008
Space Travel
The many and various hazards to space travel are explained. But solving that problem better propulsion systems are need to travel anywhere beyond the moon. Some possibilities, both realistic and speculative, are described.
 
12 Feb. 2008
Supernovas
Although supernovas are associated with the death of stars they also seed the universe with heavy elements that comprise rocky planets like Earth and living creatures. Due to their extraordinary brightness supernovas have a recorded history dating back 2,000 years. Although closely studied for decades their infrequency has permitted only a general understanding of their behavior until very recently. New computer models can model the major details of the explosion while new exploratory techniques reveal many more events including some truly super supernovas.
 
19 Feb. 2008
Constellations
In this program the constellations serve as a backdrop for the diversity of stellar objects and for a few very special stars that serve as navigation aids for sailors, seasonal markers for farmers or distance milestones for astronomers.
 
26 Feb. 2008
Unexplained Mysteries
A few of the astronomical mysteries that bother scientists and the progress toward understanding them are described.
 
4 Mar. 2008
Cosmic Collisions
Collisions between relatively minor bodies in the solar system can have far reaching effects. Astronomers are trying to trace meteors that caused mass extinctions back to the event that cause them to cross Earth's path in case they have relatives waiting to pay a visit.
 
11 Mar. 2008
Colonizing Space
Many considerations come to the forefront when planning space travel beyond the moon. Scientists are currently working on overcoming the many challenges and testing their solutions.
 
25 Mar. 2008
Nebulas
They are the crown jewels of the galaxy. Neither stars, planets, moons or asteroids, they are the mysterious clouds of gas we call NEBULAS. Nearly invisible to the naked eye, astronomers use the most sophisticated techniques to tease images of these fascinating phenomena from the dark sky. When revealed in their full glory, they glow, reflect or obscure the galaxy's light.
 
1 Apr. 2008
Wildest Weather in the Cosmos
If a planet has an atmosphere it has weather. And where there is weather there are storms. Our solar system is chock full of them. And the bigger the temperature extreme the bigger the storm. Which makes Earth hurricanes and thunderstorms seem rather uninteresting.
 
15 Apr. 2008
Biggest Things in the Universe
Compared to the largest things in the universe galaxies are trifles compared to super clusters, voids, lyman alpha blobs, and the cosmic web. But even among the smaller objects such as stars and planets, some are mind boggling by human standards.
 
15 Apr. 2008
Gravity
Program presents scientists current understanding of gravity and some of the phenomenon it causes.
 
28 Apr. 2008
Cosmic Apocalypse
Program examines the possible ways the universe could come to an end. The most likely scenario, eternal expansion, is expected to be rather eventful in the long term.
 
11 Nov. 2008
Deep Space Disasters
In space travel there is a saying that the first 50 miles and the last 50 miles are the most dangerous. Explore the controlled explosion of launch, the fiery crucible of reentry and everything in between. See how a single spark inside a spacecraft or a micrometeoroid less than an inch wide hitting a space station can turn a routine mission into a lethal nightmare.
 
18 Nov. 2008
Parallel Universes
Some of the world's leading physicists believe they have found startling new evidence showing the existence of universes other than our own. One possibility is that the universe is so vast that an exact replica of our Solar System, our planet and ourselves exists many times over. These Doppelganger Universes exist within our own Universe; in what scientist now call "The Multiverse.
 
9 Dec. 2008
Light Speed
Physical behavior that results from having a constant speed of light are described.
 
2 Dec. 2008
Sex in Space
The challenges and risks of procreation in space are examined.
 
9 Dec. 2008
Alien Faces
Scientists speculate on what higher life forms might look like on planets with environments different from earth.
 
16 Dec. 2008
Deadly Comets and Meteors
At this very moment, celestial forces prowl the Universe and threaten man's very existence. They're asteroids and comets--and they've left their imprint on planet Earth, literally. Initially, they helped build planets through violent collisions. During this fiery bombardment period, they may have even seeded Earth with water and the building blocks for life.
 
23 Dec. 2008
Living in Space
When mankind eventually leaves the cradle of Earth and ventures forth into the uncharted territories of the cosmos, where, and what form, will our new homes take? Will they be cities under glass, entrenched in distant alien soils? Will they be gleaming metropolises hanging in orbit above our heads, or in the lonely void of space?
 

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