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The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zone • 2020 • episode "2/13" Cosmos: Possible Worlds

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A long-term vision of humanity's future worlds is explored.

Cosmos: Possible Worlds • 2020 • 13 episodes •

Ladder to the Stars

An adventure spanning billions of years into the evolution of life.

2020 • Astronomy

The Fleeting Grace of the Habitable Zone

A long-term vision of humanity's future worlds is explored.

2020 • Astronomy

Lost City of Life

Explore the story behind the man who found the first clues to life's beginnings on Earth.

2020 • Astronomy

Vavilov

Nikolai Vavilov risked his life for a discovery that would change the history of science.

2020 • Astronomy

The Cosmic Connectome

An abandoned orphan's dream opens the way to understanding the architecture of thought.

2020 • Astronomy

The Man of a Trillion Worlds

A young Carl Sagan realizes his childhood dreams, carrying his mentors' research forward.

2020 • Astronomy

The Search for Intelligent Life on Earth

A hidden underground network, a collaboration of four kingdoms of life, is revealed.

2020 • Astronomy

The Sacrifice of Cassini

A scientist figures out how to go to the moon while fighting for his life in a war trench.

2020 • Astronomy

Magic Without Lies

The man who stumbled on a hole in the reality of quantum mechanics and the still-unfolding technology that made it possible.

2020 • Astronomy

A Tale of Two Atoms

How a deadly embrace between science and state altered the fate of the world, and a gripping cautionary tale of mass casualty and unlikely survival.

2020 • Astronomy

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors

From the birth of the devil in ancient Persia, where a beloved family dog becomes a seething beast, to a searing story of saintliness among macaque monkeys, join an exploration into the human potential for change. One of history's greatest monsters is transformed into one of its shining lights.

2020 • Astronomy

Coming of Age in the Anthropocene

In what kind of world can a child born in 2020 expect to grow up? When did our slide into planetwide environmental destruction begin? Enter the possible world that awaits a 2020 baby in her twenties: one darkened by our refusal to confront the real and mounting challenges we face but one which still offers a message of hope.

2020 • Astronomy

Seven Wonders of the New World

A visit to the 2039 New York World's Fair, where intractable problems may have been solved.

2020 • Astronomy

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Journeys in Space and Time

Ideas about time and space are explored in the changes that constellations undergo over time, the redshift and blue shift measured in interstellar objects, time dilation in Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, the designs of both Leonardo da Vinci and spacecraft that could travel near light speed, time travel and its hypothetical effects on human history, the origins of the Solar System, the history of life, and the immensity of space. In Cosmos Update, the idea of faster-than-light travel by wormholes (researched by Kip Thorne and shown in Sagan’s novel Contact) is discussed.

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Encyclopaedia Galactica

Questions are raised about the search for intelligent life beyond the Earth, with UFOs and other close encounters refuted in favor of communications through SETI and radio telescope such as the Arecibo Observatory. The probability of technically advanced civilizations existing elsewhere in the Milky Way is interpreted using the Drake equation and a future hypothetical Encyclopedia Galactica is discussed as a repository of information about other worlds in the galaxy. The Cosmos Update notes that there have been fewer sightings of UFOs and more stories of abductions, while mentioning the META scanning the skies for signals.

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Evacuate Earth

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How to See a Black Hole: The Universe's Greatest Mystery

For two years BBC cameras have followed, Dr Sheperd Doeleman of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory and the work of the Event Horizon Telescope project team, a collective of the top scientific minds from around the world. The project combines radio observatories and telescope facilities from around the world to make up a virtual telescope with a diameter spanning the entire planet. This mega-telescope’s ultimate mission is to capture the first image ever of a black hole. Although the concept of black holes has been long assumed to be fact, the Event Horizon Telescope’s success would definitively prove the existence of this scientific phenomena for the first time – and provide clear visual evidence. The programme brings viewers into the laboratories, behind the computer screens and beside the telescopes of what may prove to be one of the great astrophysical achievements in human history.

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