How the Universe Works

How the Universe Works (2010)

  • Genre: Documentary
  • First Air Date: 2010-04-25
  • Last Air Date: 2022-04-10
  • Total Seasons: 10
  • Total Episodes: 90
  • Status: Returning Series
  • Episode Runtime: 42 min.
  • Production Country: United States of America
  • Network: Discovery, Science
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A users' guide to the cosmos, from the Big Bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons: where did it all come from and how does it all fit together? A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

  • Keywords: universe, astronomy, astrophysics
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  • How the Universe Works Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date: 2019-03-18
    11 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 2010-04-25
    8 Episodes

    Season 2

    First Air Date: 2012-07-11
    8 Episodes

    Season 3

    First Air Date: 2014-07-09
    9 Episodes

    Season 4

    First Air Date: 2015-07-14
    8 Episodes

    Season 5

    First Air Date: 2016-11-22
    9 Episodes

    Season 6

    First Air Date: 2018-01-09
    10 Episodes

    Season 7

    First Air Date: 2019-01-08
    10 Episodes

    Season 8

    First Air Date: 2020-01-02
    9 Episodes

    Season 9

    First Air Date: 2021-03-24
    11 Episodes

    Season 10

    First Air Date: 2022-03-06
    8 Episodes

    How the Universe Works Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1Big Bang60 min
    Season 1Episode 2Black Holes60 min
    Season 1Episode 3Galaxies (aka Alien Galaxies)60 min
    Season 1Episode 4Extreme Stars60 min
    Season 1Episode 5Supernovas60 min
    Season 1Episode 6Planets (aka Extreme Planets)60 min
    Season 1Episode 7Solar Systems60 min
    Season 1Episode 8Moons (aka Alien Moons)60 min
    Season 2Episode 1Volcanoes - The Furnaces of Life60 min
    Season 2Episode 2Megastorms - The Winds of Creation60 min
    Season 2Episode 3Exoplanets - Planets from Hell60 min
    Season 2Episode 4Megaflares - Cosmic Firestorms60 min
    Season 2Episode 5Extreme Orbits - Clockwork and Creation60 min
    Season 2Episode 6Comets - Frozen Wanderers60 min
    Season 2Episode 7Asteroids - Worlds That Never Were60 min
    Season 2Episode 8Birth of the Earth60 min
    Season 3Episode 1Journey from the Center of the Sun60 min
    Season 3Episode 2The End of the Universe60 min
    Season 3Episode 3Jupiter: Destroyer or Savior?60 min
    Season 3Episode 4First Second of the Big Bang60 min
    Season 3Episode 5Is Saturn Alive?60 min
    Season 3Episode 6Weapons of Mass Extinction60 min
    Season 3Episode 7Did a Black Hole Build the Milky Way?60 min
    Season 3Episode 8Our Voyage to the Stars (aka Starman)60 min
    Season 3Episode 9The Search for a Second Earth60 min
    Season 4Episode 1How the Universe Built Your Car60 min
    Season 4Episode 2Venus, Earth's Evil Twin60 min
    Season 4Episode 3Monster Black Hole60 min
    Season 4Episode 4Edge of the Solar System60 min
    Season 4Episode 5Dawn of Life60 min
    Season 4Episode 6Secret History of the Moon60 min
    Season 4Episode 7The First Oceans60 min
    Season 4Episode 8Forces of Mass Construction (aka Magnetism)60 min
    Season 5Episode 1Mystery of Planet 960 min
    Season 5Episode 2Black Holes: The Secret Origin60 min
    Season 5Episode 3Secret History of Pluto60 min
    Season 5Episode 4Stars That Kill60 min
    Season 5Episode 5The Universe's Deadliest60 min
    Season 5Episode 6Life and Death on the Red Planet60 min
    Season 5Episode 7The Dark Matter Enigma60 min
    Season 5Episode 8Strangest Alien Worlds60 min
    Season 6Episode 1Are Black Holes Real?62 min
    Season 6Episode 2Twin Suns: The Alien Mysteries62 min
    Season 6Episode 3Dark History of the Solar System62 min
    Season 6Episode 4Death of the Milky Way62 min
    Season 6Episode 5Uranus & Neptune: Rise of the Ice Giants62 min
    Season 6Episode 6Secret History of Mercury62 min
    Season 6Episode 7The Quasar Enigma62 min
    Season 6Episode 8Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets60 min
    Season 6Episode 9War on Asteroids60 min
    Season 6Episode 10Mystery of Spacetime62 min
    Season 7Episode 1Nightmares of Neutron Stars60 min
    Season 7Episode 2When Supernovas Strike60 min
    Season 7Episode 3The Interstellar Mysteries60 min
    Season 7Episode 4How Black Holes Made Us60 min
    Season 7Episode 5Secret World of Nebulas60 min
    Season 7Episode 6Did the Big Bang Really Happen?60 min
    Season 7Episode 7Battle of the Dark Universe60 min
    Season 7Episode 8Hunt for Alien Life60 min
    Season 7Episode 9Finding the New Earth60 min
    Season 7Episode 10Cassini's Final Secrets60 min
    Season 8Episode 1Asteroid Apocalypse: The New Threat120 min
    Season 8Episode 2NASA's Journey to Mars60 min
    Season 8Episode 3Hunt for Alien Evidence60 min
    Season 8Episode 4Death of the Last Stars60 min
    Season 8Episode 5Secrets of Time Travel60 min
    Season 8Episode 6When NASA Met Jupiter60 min
    Season 8Episode 7Edge of the Universe60 min
    Season 8Episode 8Monsters of the Milky Way60 min
    Season 8Episode 9Earth's Death Orbit60 min
    Season 9Episode 1Journey to a Black Hole120 min
    Season 9Episode 2Mission to a Comet60 min
    Season 9Episode 3Secrets of the Sun60 min
    Season 9Episode 4Aliens of the Microcosmos60 min
    Season 9Episode 5Curse of the White Dwarf60 min
    Season 9Episode 6War of the Galaxies60 min
    Season 9Episode 7The Next Supernova60 min
    Season 9Episode 8Secret Lives of Neutrinos60 min
    Season 9Episode 9Birth of the Monster Black Holes60 min
    Season 9Episode 10Gravitational Waves Revealed60 min
    Season 9Episode 11Mystery Of Alien Worlds60 min
    Season 10Episode 1Secrets of the Cosmic Web60 min
    Season 10Episode 2Curse of the Cosmic Rays60 min
    Season 10Episode 3Hunt for Dark Matter60 min
    Season 10Episode 4Dark History of Earth60 min
    Season 10Episode 5Hunt for the Universe's Origin60 min
    Season 10Episode 6Voyager's Ultimate Mission60 min