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The Complete Cosmos

Big Bang, Big Crunch (#124)

Examine the theory of the Big Bang. From the cataclysmic explosion, the universe continues to expand. But will it stop and reverse? [10 minutes] Closed Captioning

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  • Our Star Is Born (#101)

    Learn about the birth, life and death of the Sun. See interior dynamics, exterior fireworks, sunspots, corona and solar wind. [10 minutes]

  • Mercury (#102)

    A comprehensive portrait of this scorched little planet shows double sunrises, craters, cracks and incongruous polar ice. [10 minutes]

  • Venus (#103)

    Beneath the clouds of Venus is a planetary hell--a poisonous, crushing atmosphere with searing heat, volcanoes and a runaway greenhouse effect. Why? [10 minutes]

  • Blue Planet (#104)

    Learn of the evolution of the Earth and of life including internal structure, continental drift, day length, seasons, oceans, climate, weather and El Nino. [10 minutes]

  • Moon (#105)

    Born of collision, this is the story of the Moon, its influence on Earth, the Apollo landings and the discovery of water. [10 minutes]

  • Red Planet (#106)

    Cold, arid Mars has polar caps, volcanoes and the biggest canyon ever seen. [10 minutes]

  • Jupiter (#107)

    Bigger than the other planets combined, Jupiter is a turbulent gas giant with 16 moons. Voyage through this mini solar system. [10 minutes]

  • Saturn (#108)

    See the many rings and moons of this exotic gas giant. Preview a landing on Titan--a moon like primitive Earth. [10 minutes]

  • Uranus and Neptune (#109)

    Meet the outer giants--Uranus with a crazy tilt and a chaotic moon called Miranda, and Neptune with tempests and a moon spurting geysers. [10 minutes]

  • Realm of the Comets (#110)

    Find out about comets and where they originate--the Oort Cloud and the Kuiper Belt. Perhaps tiny Pluto isn't a planet at all. [10 minutes]

  • Earth Patrol (#111)

    Launch into Earth's orbit and discover the satellites that monitor the health of our planet--ozone, melting ice-caps, weather, deforestation, and navigation. [10 minutes]

  • Space Frontier (#112)

    Study human space exploration from Yuri Gagarin's first orbit of Earth, to the race for the Moon, and the Apollo landings. [10 minutes]

  • High Life (#113)

    Live and work in space experiencing the triumphs, tragedies and everyday practicalities on the Russian space station Mir and America's Space Shuttle. [10 minutes]

  • Robots (#114)

    Our scouts in the solar system trail-blaze on Mars, plunge into Jupiter and land on Saturn's moon Titan. [10 minutes]

  • Where Next? (#115)

    A futuristic shuttle soars into orbit and docks with a spaceport. Would such a station be the staging post for journeys to the Moon and beyond? A glimpse of 'cities of the future' on the Moon and Mars. [10 minutes]

  • Pioneers (#116)

    From the ancient sky-watchers of Babylon to space-age cosmology, learn the story of astronomy through the eyes of Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton and Hubble. [10 minutes]

  • Eclipses and Aurorae (#117)

    Solar wind and an aurora, lunar and solar eclipses and an eclipse of the Sun create spectacular celestial shows. [10 minutes]

  • Impact! (#118)

    Explore the threat of comets and asteroids. What would happen if the space rock that allegedly slew the dinosaurs hit New York today? [10 minutes]

  • Light Fantastic (#119)

    Visible light reveals only part of the Universe. Other wavelengths fill out the picture?-from gamma-rays to radio. [10 minutes]

  • Life Quest (#120)

    Is there life elsewhere in the solar system? Currently, on Jupiter's moon Europa? In the future, on Saturn's moon Titan? [10 minutes]

  • Milky Way (#121)

    Our galaxy is explored and light years are explained. Examine the life and death of stars from supernovae to the clouds where stars are born. [10 minutes]

  • Hubble's Eye (#122)

    After astronauts fix its faulty optics, the Hubble Space Telescope peers back through time to the depths of the cosmos. [10 minutes]

  • Infinity (#123)

    Investigate the structure of the universe through galaxies, clusters and strands. How do we measure up to a nearby galaxy and to the farthest quasar? [10 minutes]

  • Black Holes, Dark Matter (#125)

    Although invisible, black holes betray their presence. It's the same with dark matter-?perhaps the missing 90% of the universe. [10 minutes]

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