Black Holes and Exploding Stars

Black Holes and Exploding Stars

  • 2016
  • 2 Seasons

New telescope technologies and powerful computer simulations are revealing the violent events that shape our cosmos.

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High Energy Revelation
11. High Energy Revelation
October 5, 2016
Measurements of unprecedented detail returned by Japan's Hitomi satellite have allowed scientists to track the motion of X-ray-emitting gas at the heart of the Perseus cluster of galaxies for the first time. Located about 240 million light-years away and named for its host constellation, the Perseus galaxy cluster contains a vast amount of extremely hot gas.
New Type of High Intensity Cosmic Explosion
10. New Type of High Intensity Cosmic Explosion
April 1, 2015
The Fermi Gamma Ray Space Telescope picked up a high-intensity explosion on the surface of a white dwarf star. The finding stunned astronomers because it overturns a long-standing notion that such novae explosions can't pack this much power.
Rumblings of the Crab Pulsar
9. Rumblings of the Crab Pulsar
April 1, 2015
The Crab Nebula courtesy of NASA. Created by a supernova seen nearly a thousand years ago, it's one of the sky's most famous "star wrecks." Now, high-energy sensors are probing its mysterious rumblings.
Black Hole Meltdown in the Galactic Center
8. Black Hole Meltdown in the Galactic Center
April 1, 2015
A team of astronomers has discovered a new object that is heading almost straight towards the black hole. The object is not a star, but a cloud of gas traveling at more than 8 million kilometers per hour.
Supermassive Black Holes: Astounding Facts
7. Supermassive Black Holes: Astounding Facts
April 1, 2015
Find out what astronomers have been learning when they look deep into the core of giant galaxies. In nearly every one, they are turning up supermassive black holes that are tearing space to shreds, blasting away at their environments, and raging against the relentless force of gravity that created them in the first place.
Superstar Duet in Eta Carinae
6. Superstar Duet in Eta Carinae
April 1, 2015
Eta Carinae is a binary system containing the most luminous and massive star within 10,000 light-years. A long-term study produces the most comprehensive picture of this strange system. From NASA.
Narrowing the Search for Dark Matter
5. Narrowing the Search for Dark Matter
April 1, 2015
Scientists have further narrowed the search for a hypothetical particle that could be dark matter, the mysterious stuff that makes up 80 percent of all the mass in the universe. This video from NASA Astrophysics presents the new results, compiled from two years' worth of data from NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope.
Astronomers Spot Sudden Black Hole Flareup
4. Astronomers Spot Sudden Black Hole Flareup
April 1, 2015
Astronomers using NASA's Swift satellite recently detected a rise in high-energy X-rays from a source toward the center of our Milky Way galaxy. The outburst, produced by a rare X-ray nova, came from a previously unknown stellar-mass black hole.
Simulating the Collision of Neutron Stars
3. Simulating the Collision of Neutron Stars
April 1, 2015
Armed with powerful supercomputers, scientists simulated the jets that roar out of neutron stars at the moment of collision. From NASA Astrophysics.
Merger of Two Black Holes
2. Merger of Two Black Holes
April 1, 2015
Supercomputer models of merging black holes reveal properties that are crucial to understanding future detections of gravitational waves. This movie follows two orbiting black holes and their accretion disk during their final three orbits and ultimate merger.
How a Black Hole Would Kill You
1. How a Black Hole Would Kill You
April 1, 2015
What would happen if you crossed paths with a black hole? Nothing good, that's for sure. Here are two popular theories about how exactly a black hole would kill you.
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New telescope technologies and powerful computer simulations are revealing the violent events that shape our cosmos.

  • Premiere Date
    April 1, 2016