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Secrets of the Universe is an American documentary short about Nahum Arav, a professor of astrophysics at Virginia Tech. In the film, Arav talks about why he became an astrophysicist, the importance of astronomy, and how astronomical research affects society. Arav also describes studying astronomy as a humbling experience with a spiritual element.

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1 Season, 8 Episodes
April 18, 2014
Documentary & Biography, Science & Technology
Cast: Nahum Arav
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  • Investigate the boundary between our Solar System and the rest of our universe.

  • Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of the first artificial satellite Sputnik, to the magnificent lunar landings and privately operated space flights.

  • Do other planets like Earth exist? Travel to distant stars and fly up close to exotic planets. Experience the science shifting our perspectives on humanity's place in the cosmos.

  • Every star has a story. Some are as old as time, faint and almost forgotten. Journey to the furthest reaches of our galaxy and experience both the awesome beauty and destructive power of stars.

  • Go on a startling and beautiful voyage through our universe, galaxyand solar system in search of water and water worlds like Earth. Could the presence of water in space mean there is life beyond Earth?

  • Look back at rare classes of eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. The program moves beyond Earth to explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system.

  • With visualizations based on satellite monitoring data and advanced supercomputer simulations, this cutting-edge production follows a trail of energy that flows from the Sun into the interlocking systems that shape our climate.

  • A presentation of the facts and theory surrounding the astronomical phenomenon of "black holes", using the latest in computer-generated imagery. Theories regarding their origin are presented, along with speculation about what lies with and beyond them.

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