How the Universe Works

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How the Universe Works
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Also known asHtUW
GenreDocumentary series
Narrated byMike Rowe (Seasons 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) Erik Todd Dellums (Seasons 2, 5 and 6)
Composer(s)Richard Blair-Oliphant
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes62 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Hannah James / Stuart Carter
Producer(s)Stephen Marsh
Running time43 minutes
Release
Original networkDiscovery Channel (2010)
Science Channel (2012-present)
Original releaseApril 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) –
present
External links
Website

How the Universe Works is a documentary science television series that originally aired on the Discovery Channel in 2010. The first, fourth, fifth and sixth seasons were narrated by Mike Rowe[1] and the second and third by Erik Todd Dellums.[2] The first season, broadcast from April 25 to May 24, 2010, was released on Blu-ray on February 28, 2012.[3] Since its second season, consisting of eight episodes broadcast between July 11 and August 29, 2012, the show has aired on The Science Channel.[4] The third season aired between July 9 and September 3, 2014.[5] The fourth season premiered on July 14, 2015, as part of the Science Channel's "Space Week," in honor of New Horizons′ flyby of Pluto that day; the season ran through September 1, 2015. The show′s fifth season aired from November 22, 2016, through February 7, 2017. The sixth season premiered on January 9, 2018 and ran through March 13, 2018. The seventh season premiered on January 8, 2019 and is currently still airing.

Episode list[edit]

Season 1 (2010)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date
1"Big Bang"Louise V. SayApril 25, 2010 (2010-04-25)
2"Black Holes"Peter ChinnMay 2, 2010 (2010-05-02)
3"Galaxies"Louise V. SayMay 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)
4"Stars"Peter ChinnMay 10, 2010 (2010-05-10)
5"Supernovas"Shaun TrevisickMay 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
6"Planets"Lorne TownendMay 17, 2010 (2010-05-17)
7"Solar Systems"Lorne TownendMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)
8"Moons"Shaun TrevisickMay 24, 2010 (2010-05-24)

Season 2 (2012)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date
1"Volcanoes - The Furnaces of Life"Alex HearleJuly 11, 2012 (2012-07-11)
2"Megastorms - The Winds of Creation"Alex HearleJuly 18, 2012 (2012-07-18)
3"Exoplanets - Planets from Hell"[6][7]Kate DartJuly 25, 2012 (2012-07-25)
4"Megaflares - Cosmic Firestorms"Kate DartAugust 1, 2012 (2012-08-01)
5"Extreme Orbits - Clockwork and Creation"Adam WarnerAugust 8, 2012 (2012-08-08)
6"Comets - Frozen Wanderers"Adam WarnerAugust 15, 2012 (2012-08-15)
7"Asteroids - Worlds That Never Were"George HarrisAugust 22, 2012 (2012-08-22)
8"Birth of the Earth"George HarrisAugust 29, 2012 (2012-08-29)

Season 3 (2014)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date
1"Journey from the Center of the Sun"FTCJuly 9, 2014 (2014-07-09)
2"The End of the Universe"Mark BridgeJuly 16, 2014 (2014-07-16)
3"Jupiter: Destroyer or Savior?"Mark BridgeJuly 23, 2014 (2014-07-23)
4"First Second of the Big Bang"Mark BridgeJuly 30, 2014 (2014-07-30)
5"Is Saturn Alive?"Mark BridgeAugust 6, 2014 (2014-08-06)
6"Weapons of Mass Extinction"[8][9]Mark BridgeAugust 13, 2014 (2014-08-13)
7"Did a Black Hole Build the Milky Way?"[10]Mark BridgeAugust 20, 2014 (2014-08-20)
8"Our Voyage to the Stars"Mark BridgeAugust 27, 2014 (2014-08-27)
9"The Search for a Second Earth"Mark BridgeSeptember 3, 2014 (2014-09-03)

Season 4 (2015)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date
1"How the Universe Built Your Car"Mark BridgeJuly 14, 2015 (2015-07-14)
2"Earth, Venus's Evil Twin"Mark BridgeJuly 21, 2015 (2015-07-21)
3"Monster Black Hole"Mark BridgeJuly 28, 2015 (2015-07-28)
4"Edge of the Solar System"Mark BridgeAugust 4, 2015 (2015-08-04)
5"Dawn of Life"Mark BridgeAugust 11, 2015 (2015-08-11)
6"Secret History of the Moon"Mark BridgeAugust 18, 2015 (2015-08-18)
7"The First Oceans"Mark BridgeAugust 25, 2015 (2015-08-25)
8"Forces of Mass Construction"Mark BridgeSeptember 1, 2015 (2015-09-01)

Season 5 (2016–17)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date
1"Most Amazing Discoveries"TBANovember 22, 2016 (2016-11-22)
2"Mystery of Planet 9"TBANovember 29, 2016 (2016-11-29)
3"Black Holes: The Secret Origin"TBADecember 6, 2016 (2016-12-06)
4"Secret History of Pluto"TBAJanuary 3, 2017 (2017-01-03)
5"Stars That Kill"TBAJanuary 10, 2017 (2017-01-10)
6"The Universe's Deadliest"TBAJanuary 17, 2017 (2017-01-17)
7"Life and Death on the Red Planet"TBAJanuary 24, 2017 (2017-01-24)
8"The Dark Matter Enigma"TBAJanuary 31, 2017 (2017-01-31)
9"Strangest Alien Worlds"TBAFebruary 7, 2017 (2017-02-07)

Season 6 (2018)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date US Viewers (millions)
1"Are Black Holes Real?"TBAJanuary 9, 2018 (2018-01-09).375[11]
New discoveries are challenging everything we know about black holes -- astronomers are beginning to question if they even exist. The latest science tries to explain how they work & what they look like, despite the fact we've never actually seen one.
2"Twin Suns: The Alien Mysteries"TBAJanuary 16, 2018 (2018-01-16).385[12]
Planets that orbit two suns instead of one might be deadly hell worlds, but new discoveries reveal that sci-fi star systems with binary stars might be optimal places for alien life.
3"Dark History of the Solar System"TBAJanuary 23, 2018 (2018-01-23).347[13]
New discoveries reveal that Earth and the planets were formed from the destruction of strange alien worlds.
4"Death of the Milky Way"TBAJanuary 30, 2018 (2018-01-30).341[14]
The Milky Way is dying, and experts are investigating what's killing it.
5"Uranus & Neptune: Rise of the Ice Giants"Mark BridgeFebruary 6, 2018 (2018-02-06).378[15]
Uranus and Neptune are mysterious, icy worlds at the edge of our solar system, and new discoveries reveal that these strange planets might have helped start life on Earth.
6"Secret History of Mercury"TBAFebruary 13, 2018 (2018-02-13).346[16]
Mercury is a deadly world, facing attacks from the Sun, comets, and other planets, and even though it's the smallest planet in our solar system, it has a dangerous secret that might one day threaten life on Earth.
7"The Quasar Enigma"TBAFebruary 20, 2018 (2018-02-20).371[17]
Quasars are the brightest and most powerful objects in our universe, and though they have shaped the cosmos, they might ultimately destroy everything that exists.
8"Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets"TBAFebruary 27, 2018 (2018-02-27).302[18]
Our solar system is home to hundreds of strange, tiny worlds called dwarf planets, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places.
9"War on Asteroids"TBAMarch 6, 2018 (2018-03-06).333[19]
Scientists are using cutting-edge technology to stop an asteroid apocalypse, and for the first time, mankind is closer than ever to keeping Earth safe from these killer space rocks.
10"Mystery of Spacetime"TBAMarch 13, 2018 (2018-03-13).395[20]
Spacetime is the secret structure that controls our universe, and this strange four-dimensional substance controls time, light, and energy. It will also determine how our universe will end.

Season 7 (2019)[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Original air date US Viewers (millions)
1"Nightmares of Neutron Stars"TBAJanuary 8, 2019 (2019-01-08).394[21]
Neutron stars are strange and violent phenomena that defy the laws of physics, and new discoveries reveal that these bizarre nightmares are far more deadly than we ever thought, with the power to destroy planets and even other stars.
2"When Supernovas Strike"TBAJanuary 15, 2019 (2019-01-15).252[22]
Supernovas are the violent death of giant stars, and new discoveries reveal that these cataclysmic events create the elements that are essential to all life in the universe.
3"The Interstellar Mysteries"TBAJanuary 22, 2019 (2019-01-22)N/A
Interstellar space is the space between the universe's stars and new discoveries reveal that it's not empty and unremarkable as previously thought, but filled with weird objects and strange phenomena that might hold the darkest secrets of our cosmos.
4"How Black Holes Made Us"TBAJanuary 29, 2019 (2019-01-29).326[23]
Black holes aren't the violent monsters we think they are, and new discoveries reveal that they might have been essential to creating stars, giving light, and building the universe itself.
5"Secret Worlds of Nebulas"TBAFebruary 5, 2019 (2019-02-05)N/A
Nebulas are the strange structures of cosmic gas and dust where stars are born and die, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places.
6"Did the Big Bang Really Happen?"TBAFebruary 12, 2019 (2019-02-12).270[24]
New discoveries are causing astronomers to question if the Big Bang really happened, and using the latest science, they investigate if it wasn't just the start of our universe but many mysterious multiverses.
7"Battle of the Dark Universe"TBAFebruary 19, 2019 (2019-02-19).222[25]
Dark matter and dark energy are locked in an epic battle for control of the cosmos, and the winner will determine the fate of the universe. New discoveries might reveal which force will emerge victorious.
8"Hunt For Alien Life"TBAFebruary 26, 2019 (2019-02-26).246[26]
The latest discoveries suggest that we might be on the verge of discovering life beyond our planet, and scientists are investigating if earth's life began elsewhere in the universe, and whether we need to evolve to know for sure.
9"Finding The New Earth"TBAMarch 5, 2019 (2019-03-05).264[27]
New discoveries have revealed thousands of exoplanets beyond our solar system. Some resemble earth enough that one could be a new home for humanity. Even with cutting-edge technology, finding the perfect one is the scientific challenge of the age.
10"Cassini's Final Secrets"TBAMarch 12, 2019 (2019-03-12).303[28]
For twenty years, NASA's Cassini spacecraft revealed the strange secrets of Saturn until it vaporized in its atmosphere in a blaze of glory. But today its legacy lives on, as fresh data from the probe helps scientists make brand-new discoveries.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "How the Universe Works Videos". Discovery Channel. Archived from the original on August 22, 2010. Retrieved September 3, 2010.
  2. ^ How the Universe Works on IMDb
  3. ^ "How the Universe Works Blu-ray". Amazon.com. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
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  5. ^ "How the Universe Works listings on TheFutonCritic". Retrieved 10 July 2014.
  6. ^ "How the Universe Works S02E03 Planets from Hell". 7 September 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  7. ^ "Exoplanets From Hell - Life In Other Planets In The Universe (Documentary)". 13 December 2015. Retrieved 1 November 2016.
  8. ^ "Extinction". 13 August 2014. Retrieved 15 November 2016.
  9. ^ "Watch Online How the Universe Works Season 3 Episode 6 - Weapons of Mass Extinction". Retrieved 15 November 2016.
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