Deep Space Mysteries

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Beacons of light traveling billions of years to reach us are bringing new insights into the nature of space and time, and the evolution of objects ranging from giant black holes to galaxies like ours.

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The Extremely Large Telescope
14. The Extremely Large Telescope
June 15, 2016
The light-gathering power of the European Extremely Large Telescope will exceed that of all the professional telescopes currently operating, and its adaptive optics systems will produce images far sharper than any other telescope. These features will take us into a new era of observational astronomy, an era in which we will explore some of the most pressing questions about the Universe.
The Infinite Monkey Theorem
12. The Infinite Monkey Theorem
June 1, 2015
A re-enactment of the famous paradox known as the "infinite monkey theorem."
Major New Cosmic Simulation
11. Major New Cosmic Simulation
June 1, 2015
Scientists have created an important new simulation of cosmic evolution. It takes place in a virtual cube 350 million light-years squared, and spans a time period from 12 million years after the Big Bang to the present day.
Giant Telescopes of the Future
10. Giant Telescopes of the Future
June 1, 2015
Astronomy is big science. It's a vast Universe out there, and the exploration of the cosmos requires huge instruments. Here are some of the largest coming down the pike.
How a Giant Telescope Works
9. How a Giant Telescope Works
June 1, 2015
How state-of-the-art technology gives the Very Large Telescope in Chile an unequalled view of the Universe. Astronomers overcome distortions from the atmosphere and the large mirrors to get amazingly sharp images.
Milky Way Powdered With Stars
8. Milky Way Powdered With Stars
June 1, 2015
Inspired by John Milton's description of the galaxy: "A broad and ample road, whose dust is gold, and pavement stars, - as stars to thee appear seen in the galaxy, that milky way which nightly as a circling zone thou seest powder'd with stars."
Why the Runaway Universe Discovery Won the Nobel Prize in Physics
7. Why the Runaway Universe Discovery Won the Nobel Prize in Physics
June 1, 2015
This video explores the upheaval in our understanding of the universe brought on by the discovery that the universe is not just expanding, but is accelerating outward at an ever increasing pace.
Solving Cosmic Cold Cases
6. Solving Cosmic Cold Cases
June 1, 2015
Spectacular star-filled nights frame the telescope array of the new ALMA project, where scientists are taking on the mysteries of the cold hidden reaches of the universe. From ESO.
Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
5. Discovery of the Accelerating Universe
June 1, 2015
Two groups of astronomers sought to find out how quickly gravity is reining in the expansion of the universe. Instead, they found that the universe is accelerating outward.
The Paradox of Infinity
4. The Paradox of Infinity
June 1, 2015
For those who find infinity hard to grasp, even troubling, you�۪re not alone. It�۪s a concept that has long tormented even the best minds, going back to ancient Greek thinkers who struggled to resolve its paradoxes.
Seeing Deeper than the Hubble Deep Field
3. Seeing Deeper than the Hubble Deep Field
June 1, 2015
In landmark observations, the MUSE instrument on ESO�۪s Very Large Telescope in Chile has given astronomers the best ever three-dimensional view of the deep Universe.
Is the Universe Dying?
2. Is the Universe Dying?
June 1, 2015
A large international scientific collaboration has now found that the energy output of galaxies has dropped to half what it was a billion years ago. Does this mean the universe is slowly fading into obscurity?
A God's Eye View of the Universe
1. A God's Eye View of the Universe
June 1, 2015
What if we could see the universe as a whole? For centuries, scientists have tried to discern the large scale structure of the universe. Now, using powerful telescopes and supercomputers, they are finding that the cosmos challenges our wildest imaginings.
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Beacons of light traveling billions of years to reach us are bringing new insights into the nature of space and time, and the evolution of objects ranging from giant black holes to galaxies like ours.

  • Premiere Date
    June 1, 2015