Aired Wednesday March 23rd, 2011 at 8:00 pm on KUED HD Ch. 7.1
NOVA examines the latest technology in space exploration in a two-part special Hunting the Edge of Space. First, The Mystery of the Milky Way, looks the telescope and how it has fundamentally changed our understanding of the universe. What began as a curiosity -- two spectacle lenses held a foot apart -- ultimately revolutionized human thought across science, philosophy and religion. This tale of human ingenuity involves some of the most colorful figures of the scientific world -- Galileo, Kepler, Newton, William Herschel, George Hale and Edwin Hubble -- leading up to today's colossal telescopes, housed in space-age cathedrals or orbiting high above the Earth. Now at the center of an international space race, a new generation of ever-larger telescopes is poised to reveal answers to longstanding questions about our universe and, in turn, to raise new questions. NOVA Hunting the Edge of Space: The Mystery of the Milky Way airs Wednesday, March 23 at 8:00 p.m. on KUED Channel 7.
From the discovery that the Milky Way is just one galaxy among billions to the stunning revelation that these galaxies are speeding away from each other faster every second, The Ever Expanding Universe, the second half of NOVA Hunting the Edge of Space, investigates the universe's distant past - and its future. Now, modern telescopes have added a mysterious new twist to the plot: The vast majority of the universe is made of invisible "dark" matter. But what are these mysterious dark forces? A new generation of telescopes is embarking on a mission impossible to find the answer to one of the greatest unsolved mysteries of the cosmos. NOVA Hunting the Edge of Space: The Ever Expanding Universe airs Wednesday, March 23 at 9 p.m. following NOVA's The Mystery of the Milky Way.
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