NOVA: Universe Revealed

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In distant realms far beyond our familiar solar system, an epic drama is continuously unfolding. Its cast list features rogue planets, colliding galaxies and black holes more massive than a billion suns — and each character has its own extraordinary story to tell.

In this series, NOVA delves into the vastness of space to capture the powerful moments when the universe changed forever using stunning CGI imagery, the latest scientific research and archival footage captured during scientific missions. State-of-the-art animation delivers astonishing, photorealistic glimpses of the birth of the very first star, the chaos created as two galaxies collide, and the power of a supermassive black hole as it flings a star across space so violently that it’s still traveling millions of years later.

Airdates

Wednesdays, October 27 through November 24, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Mondays, November 8 through November 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV14
Monday, November 29, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14

Episode 1: Age of the Stars

Wednesday, October 27, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, November 1, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

The sun is a constant presence in our lives and has been a life-giving source of light, heat and energy for 4.6 billion years. Yet we’ve only recently begun to unravel its epic history and discover its place among an even grander cycle of birth, death and renewal that makes this the age of stars. To piece together this stellar saga, NOVA explores new clues from the iconic Hubble Space Telescope and a heat-resistant solar probe that’s designed to fly as close to the Sun’s million-degree atmosphere as possible.

Episode 2: Milky Way

Wednesday, November 3, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, November 8, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

The Milky Way, an ethereal city of stars straddling the night sky, is a constant reminder of our place in the galaxy we call home. It’s so vast that even traveling at the speed of light, it would take about 100,000 years to cross it. But what shaped this giant spiral of stars, gas, and dust, and what will be its destiny? NOVA explores the wonders of galactic archaeology revealed by Gaia, a spacecraft that’s creating a precise 3D map and measuring the motions of over a billion stars in our galaxy.

Episode 3: Alien Worlds

Wednesday, November 10, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, November 15, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

For nearly as long as humans have gazed up at the night sky, we’ve wondered whether other lifeforms and intelligences could be thriving on worlds far beyond our own. Answering that question seemed forever fated to remain pure speculation. But over the last few decades, ultra-sensitive telescopes and dogged detective work have transformed alien planet-hunting from science fiction into hard fact. NOVA tells the story of how the first breakthrough discoveries of exoplanets — planets orbiting other stars — were made.

Episode 4: Black Holes

Wednesday, November 17, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, November 22, at 9pm on ThinkTV14

Black holes have long challenged the best minds in science and gripped the popular imagination. The most powerful and enigmatic objects known, they can reshape entire galaxies, warp the fabric of space and time and may even be the key to unlocking the ultimate nature of reality. But, if we can’t see them, how can we investigate them? “Black Holes” tells the story of how a new generation of high-energy telescopes is bringing these invisible voids to light.

Episode 5: Big Bang

Wednesday, November 24, at 9pm on ThinkTV16
Monday, November 29, at 9:30pm on ThinkTV14

Many think that the Big Bang is when the universe started and time itself began, but what clues can we discover about this ultimate genesis of everything? And can we ever know what existed before the universe’s birthday? In Big Bang, NOVA winds back the ages with the help of animation based on stunning images from the Hubble Space Telescope.