Mega Storms

Ever wonder how storms are formed on other planets? In this web exclusive, explore mega storms on other planets in our solar system.

Mega Storms

Mega Storms
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Ever wonder how storms are formed on other planets? In this web exclusive, explore mega storms on other planets in our solar system.

Milky Way
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What built the Milky Way? New research might now have the answer, revealing an unlikely hero.

Starman
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One day, a cosmic disaster will make life on Earth impossible. To survive, we must find a new home amongst the stars.

Listening to Stars Could Find the Next Earth

Listening to Stars Could Find the Next Earth
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By turning raw data from the Kepler Telescope into sound, astronomer Keivan Stassun is able to measure the size of a star.

Why Earth's Magnetic Shield Matters

Why Earth's Magnetic Shield Matters
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The sun has two planets in its Goldilocks zone: the Earth and Mars. The crucial difference: a magnetic field that protects us from the sun’s radiation and makes liquid water - and life! - possible on Earth.

How to Survive Living in Space

How to Survive Living in Space
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If we are going to send thousands of humans on a one-way mission to colonize a distant planet, we need to understand how the body reacts to being in space.

Building a Space Ark

Building a Space Ark
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Humans must expand to other planets and that requires building a spacecraft capable of crossing interstellar space. The craft will have to house thousands of people, and it’s too big to be built on Earth.

Did A Black Hole Create the Milky Way?

Did A Black Hole Create the Milky Way?
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To discover what created the Milky Way, scientists have to look back 13.6 billion years to the moments just after the Big Bang.

How the Milky Way Got Its Stars

How the Milky Way Got Its Stars
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Do black holes create stars? There’s direct evidence that the ravenous appetite of a black hole sparks stars into life.

Extinction
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Asteroids strike, planets collide, black holes blast out death rays, volcanoes erupt and ice engulfs the planet. They’ve happened before. Are we next?

Rogue Planet Collision

Rogue Planet Collision
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In November 2012, astronomers spotted a new planet 100 light years from Earth. There may be as many as 200 billion rogue planets in our galaxy - and one could be headed our way.

Snowball Earth

Snowball Earth
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Earth's orbit around the sun is unstable and the farther Earth is from the sun, the more it cools. Are we headed for a global catastrophe?

Saturn
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On this episode of How the Universe Works, Saturn’s secrets are out. Scientists are looking for life on Saturn’s moons and they may have found it.

First Second
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It is the most important second in history, which seals the Universe’s fate and defines everything that comes after - including us.

Is There Life on Saturn Moon Enceladus?

Is There Life on Saturn Moon Enceladus?
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In 2005, NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured an astounding sight: geysers of icy water spewing from Enceladus, one of Saturn's moons.

The Birth of Saturn

The Birth of Saturn
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The core of Saturn is a scalding 21,000 degrees, twice the temperature of the sun's surface.

1 Percent of TV Static Comes from Light of the Big Bang

1 Percent of TV Static Comes from Light of the Big Bang
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How can we peer back into the Big Bang? It may be as easy as turning on your television.

What Physics Doesn't Know About the Big Bang

What Physics Doesn't Know About the Big Bang
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Everything we know and see started with the Big Bang but physics has yet to figure out exactly how it happened.

Jupiter
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Beneath Jupiter’s clouds lie our solar system’s deepest secrets: from its violent youth, through the birth of life to the death of the sun.

Lessons From NASA's Galileo Probe

Lessons From NASA's Galileo Probe
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On December 7, 1995, NASA's Galileo spacecraft dropped a probe into Jupiter's atmosphere.

Why Jupiter Has A Giant Red Spot

Why Jupiter Has A Giant Red Spot
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Jupiter's weather doesn't come from the sun; it comes from deep within the planet itself. Jupiter also spins faster than any other planet in our solar system.

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