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History's Mysteries
Episode 1 of The Inexplicable Universe
Begin this journey by taking a closer look at concepts that were once unexplainable but are now better understood. You'll focus on two such former mysteries: the existence of an invisible "aether" through which light and sound were believed to…
A Space Program - Artist Tom Sachs' Homemade Space Station
Internationally acclaimed artist Tom Sachs takes us on an intricately handmade journey to the red planet, providing audiences with an intimate, first person look into his studio and methods. A SPACE PROGRAM is both a piece of art in its…
Fight For Space - Where Is Your Space Program?
In 1962, spurred by the Cold War, President John F. Kennedy famously made the bold proclamation that NASA would send astronauts to the moon by the end of the decade. The Space Race inspired a generation to pursue careers in…
The Inexplicable Universe - Unsolved Mysteries Series
What do scientists know about the universe? What still remains to be uncovered? What are some of the next avenues of exploration? Professor Neil deGrasse Tyson's course The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries is a marvelous journey to the frontiers of…
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The Spooky Universe
Episode 2 of The Inexplicable Universe
Did you know that electrons have never actually been observed by scientists to this day? Or that quarks can only be studied in pairs? Or that as you travel faster or find yourself in a higher gravity, time ticks more…
Sepideh - An Iranian Teenager's Dream to Become an Astronaut
Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations to a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh's…
Inexplicable Life
Episode 3 of The Inexplicable Universe
Join Professor Tyson on a fascinating investigation of the possible origins of life in the universe. Why was Jupiter believed to be a good environment for life in the 17th century? Why is there only one single "tree of life"…
Inexplicable Physics
Episode 4 of The Inexplicable Universe
Turn now to some inexplicable aspects of physics and our physical world. Among the many eye-opening topics you'll learn about in this episode are the discovery of more and more elements on the periodic table; muon neutrinos, tao particles, and…
We Don't Need a Map - An Intimate Look at the Southern Cross Constellation
The Southern Cross is the most famous constellation in the southern hemisphere. Ever since colonisation it's been claimed, appropriated and hotly-contested for ownership by a radical range of Australian groups. But for Aboriginal people the meaning of this heavenly body…
Inexplicable Cosmology
Episode 6 of The Inexplicable Universe
Brace yourself for a fascinating trip through dimensions higher than our own. You'll discover how quantum physics and string theory have opened our eyes to the possibilities of quantum foam, the multiverse, and antimatter. Join Professor Tyson for a preview…
Inexplicable Space
Episode 5 of The Inexplicable Universe
Shoot off into the stars for an investigation of some perplexing aspects of space that science has uncovered in the last half-century. Learn about the mysterious trajectory of the Pioneer spacecraft (known as the "Pioneer anomaly"). Explore two of the…
The Constellations and Their Stars
Episode 1 of Our Night Sky Series
Begin your study of the night sky by investigating the origin of the constellations: the traditional groupings of stars that mostly date to antiquity. The well-known constellation Orion illustrates the fascinating mix of beauty, mythology, and scientific knowledge to be…
The Strangest Force
Episode 1 of Black Holes, Tides, and Curved Spacetime
Begin your exploration of gravity with Isaac Newton and the famous story of the apple. Why was it such a breakthrough to connect a falling apple with the faraway moon? Review the essential characteristics of gravity and learn why small…
Galileo: On the Shoulders of Giants
This film is about Galileo Galilei (Michael Moriarty from the TV series "Law and Order") who was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution of the seventeenth century. He has…
Encounters with the Alien Other
Episode 16 of How Great Science Fiction Works
Aliens are another icon and staple of science fiction. Often depicted as hostile and representing the unknown "other" as well as our fears about ourselves, aliens have been examined (and have examined us) in a variety of stories. Journey through…
Von Werra - German Fighter Pilot
Investigating common grounds as well as contradictions, filmmaker Werner Schweizer connects in his cinematic survey Franz von Werra's biography and the one of the actor Hardy Krueger.
Stonehenge and Archaeoastronomy
Episode 1 of The Remarkable Science of Ancient Astronomy
Why were the motions of the Sun, Moon, and stars so important to ancient people? Investigate key astronomical directions noticed by all cultures. Then embark on your study of Stonehenge, seeing how it gave birth to the field of archaeoastronomy…
The Rationale for a Space Telescope
Episode 1 of Experiencing Hubble
Begin your exploration of the scientific stories behind 10 of the most fascinating images made by the Hubble Space Telescope. In this episode, learn about Hubble's design and how its operations were almost cut short by a flaw in its…
Seeing and Navigating the Sky
Episode 2 of Our Night Sky Series
The naked eye is a powerful instrument: if you know how to use it. Learn the best times and conditions for observing, how to identify the positions and magnitudes of stars and planets, how the sky changes over the course…
Chasing Shadows - A Photographer Captures Solar Eclipses Around the World
For most people, total solar eclipses are once in a lifetime occurrences. Not for Geoff Sims, a professional photographer and astronomer who has captured many eclipses on many continents. He has travelled the globe in pursuit of solar eclipses, resulting…