How the Universe Works

How the Universe Works

Series investigating the origins of the universe and the fabric of celestial phenomena within it.

Episode Guide

  • How the Universe Works - Strangest Alien Worlds (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Strangest Alien Worlds

    Discoveries of new planets have revealed countless worlds much stranger than Earth; some of these strange worlds don't have stars and others are made out of diamonds.

  • How the Universe Works - The Dark Matter Enigma (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    The Dark Matter Enigma

    Dark matter is the biggest mystery of the cosmos; scientists know that it has been vital to our universe since its birth, and new discoveries reveal that it could create black holes, cause mass extinctions, and might even shape life on Earth itself.

  • How the Universe Works - The Universe's Deadliest (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    The Universe's Deadliest

    The universe is a dangerous place; exploring the deadliest spots in the cosmos; between earth and the edge of the universe, there are a million ways to die; a crash test dummy is on a mission.

  • How the Universe Works - Stars That Kill (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    Stars That Kill

    Exploring the real-life Death Stars in the cosmos that could snuff out Earth without much effort; the science of the destructive power behind six of the deadliest stars; vampire stars; supernovas; rogue stars.

  • How the Universe Works - Secret History of Pluto (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Secret History of Pluto

    The first close-up images of Pluto reveal unimaginable secrets; scientists investigate if Pluto is home to a warm ocean of liquid water beneath its surface and whether this underground ocean could harbor life.

  • How the Universe Works - Life & Death on the Red Planet (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    Life & Death on the Red Planet

    The evolution of life on Mars before a series of cataclysmic events transformed the planet from a watery world to a hostile one; scientists believe life will find a way to continue despite the setbacks.

  • How the Universe Works - Black Holes: The Secret Origin (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Black Holes: The Secret Origin

    Recent evidence could explain how supermassive black holes grow so big; neither dark matter nor cannibalism can fully explain these beasts, but the latest science may finally provide an answer.

  • How the Universe Works - Mystery of Planet 9 (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    Mystery of Planet 9

    Scientists have discovered a mysterious ninth planet ten times the size of Earth on the very edge of the solar system; this strange world could have moons with extraterrestrial life.

  • How the Universe Works - The Universe's Greatest Miracle (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    The Universe's Greatest Miracle

  • How the Universe Works - Strange Attractions (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    Strange Attractions

  • How the Universe Works - Cosmic Cannibals (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Cosmic Cannibals

  • How the Universe Works - Alien Oceans (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    Alien Oceans

  • How the Universe Works - To Infinity and Beyond (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    To Infinity and Beyond

    Travel to the very end of our bizarre solar system, and discover how its strange features affect life trillions of miles away on Earth.

  • How the Universe Works - Earth's Guardian Angel (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Earth's Guardian Angel

  • How the Universe Works - Interstellar Motor Company (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Interstellar Motor Company

    Uncover how the history of the universe lies just beneath the hood of a car.

  • How the Universe Works - The Planet of Nightmares (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    The Planet of Nightmares

  • How the Universe Works - Forces of Mass Construction (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Forces of Mass Construction

    Scientists attempt to understand how this strange force of magnetism works.

  • How the Universe Works - The First Oceans (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    The First Oceans

    For years, scientists suspected that the oceans came from molecules delivered to Earth from distant stars by asteroids, but a new discovery suggests that their true origins may be more exotic.

  • How the Universe Works - Secret History of the Moon (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    Secret History of the Moon

    The incredible secrets of the moon are revealed; the moon might be responsible for life on Earth.

  • How the Universe Works - Dawn of Life (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    Dawn of Life

    Discovering how life on Earth came to be; the possibility that life on Earth come from another planet.

  • How the Universe Works - Edge of the Solar System (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    Edge of the Solar System

    Huge magnetic bubbles millions of miles wide; strange invisible matter, and a death star tearing through bands of icy comets, flinging them into violent orbits.

  • How the Universe Works - Monster Black Hole (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    Monster Black Hole

    A look inside the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way to discover terrifying secrets about parallel universes, wormholes, and space-time.

  • How the Universe Works - Venus: Earth's Evil Twin (Season 4 Episode 2)
    Season 4 Episode 2:

    Venus: Earth's Evil Twin

    There is a planet in the solar system covered in thick, dense clouds and roasted by colossal temperatures, and is a vision of Earth's future; taking a look at Venus to understand how Earth will be destroyed.

  • How the Universe Works - How the Universe Built Your Car (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    How the Universe Built Your Car

    The history of the Universe lies beneath the hood of your car; The iron in your chassis, the gold in your stereo and the copper in your electronics all owe their existence to violent cosmic events that took place billions of years ago.

  • How the Universe Works - The Search for a Second Earth (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    The Search for a Second Earth

    Astronomers search for evidence of another Earth.

  • How the Universe Works - Starman (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Starman

    Scientists are working on new propulsion systems that would allow travel to distant worlds.

  • How the Universe Works - Milky Way (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Milky Way

    Research suggest that super massive black hole might be the creator of the Milky Way.

  • How the Universe Works - Extinction (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Extinction

    The universe's weapons of extinction; asteroids strike; planets collide; black holes blast out death rays; volcanoes erupt and ice engulfs the plane.

  • How the Universe Works - Saturn (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Saturn

    Scientists are looking for life on Saturn's moons and they may have found it on Titan.

  • How the Universe Works - First Second (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    First Second

    The most important second in history which seals the Universe's fate.

  • How the Universe Works - Jupiter (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Jupiter

    Beneath Jupiter's clouds lie the solar system's deepest secrets.

  • How the Universe Works - End of the Universe (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    End of the Universe

    Examining the ways the universe could come to an end.

  • How the Universe Works - Journey From the Center of the Sun (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Journey From the Center of the Sun

    Examining how light travels out from the core of the sun through gravity and magnetism.

  • How the Universe Works - Birth of the Earth (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Birth of the Earth

    The Earth was formed by a series of cosmic cataclysms.

  • How the Universe Works - Asteroids (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    Asteroids

    Asteroids shaped our past and promise much in the future.

  • How the Universe Works - Comets (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Comets

    Watch the movement of a comet as it evolves from a chunk of ice and rock into an active nucleus engulfed in a gaseous haze.

  • How the Universe Works - Extreme Orbits (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Extreme Orbits

    Orbits are a creative force and construct the fabric of the Universe.

  • How the Universe Works - Megaflares (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Megaflares

    Could the earth be in the line of fire from the dangerous megaflares from the sun.

  • How the Universe Works - Planets from Hell (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Planets from Hell

    Discovering an extraordinary zoo of planetary nightmares outside our own planet.

  • How the Universe Works - Megastorms (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Megastorms

    Examining chaotic weather to help determine whether we are alone in the universe.

  • How the Universe Works - Volcanoes (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Volcanoes

    Scientists discover volcanoes on alien worlds and wonder whether life exists there.

  • How the Universe Works - Alien Moons (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Alien Moons

    The moon and how it relates to finding alien life in the universe.

  • How the Universe Works - How the Universe Works (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    How the Universe Works

    Since the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star, some 280 alien solar systems have been identified.

  • How the Universe Works - Planets (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Planets

    The journey of planets as they grow from grains of dust to magnificently diverse worlds.

  • How the Universe Works - Supernovas (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Supernovas

    Understanding large explosions called supernovas.

  • How the Universe Works - How the Universe Works (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    How the Universe Works

    The story of how stars were made by the universe and how stars went on to engineer everything else in that universe.

  • How the Universe Works - Stars (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Stars

    The story of how stars were made by the universe and how stars went on to engineer everything else in that universe.

  • How the Universe Works - How the Universe Works (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    How the Universe Works

    The evolution of galaxies.

  • How the Universe Works - Black Holes (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    Black Holes

    Science proves the existence of black holes.

  • How the Universe Works - Big Bang (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Big Bang

    How the universe came into existence out of nothing and grew from a miniscule point, smaller than an atomic particle.

  • How the Universe Works - Most Amazing Discoveries (Episode 60)
    Episode 60:

    Most Amazing Discoveries

    From the furthest reaches of space to Earth's cosmic backyard, a countdown of the discoveries that changed everything humanity knows about the universe.