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The Milky Way galaxy is so vast that it takes 70,000 years for light to travel from one end to the other and its stars number a hundred billion - yet it's just one of billions like it. What are the limits to the universe? And what does the universe look like? Nearly 70 years after astronomer Edwin Hubble discovered that the universe is far larger than ever imagined - and growing ever larger - the space telescope that bears his name has opened a stunning new window into deep space. MYSTERIES OF DEEP SPACE, a series of three one-hour programs, dives into the vastness of space as it presents the boldest new achievements of modern astronomy, joining astronomers as they probe the limits of the observable universe and peer into the violent worlds of black holes and supernovas.

Combining live-action sequences, state-of-the-art computer animation and spectacular high-resolution images from the Hubble Space Telescope, the series provides viewers with a stunning new perspective on the universe.

MYSTERIES OF DEEP SPACE originally premiered in April 1997 and is no longer airing on PBS stations. The VHS set can be purchased online at ShopPBS.

Episode Guide:

  • "To the Edge of the Universe" In one of this century's greatest discoveries, science has concluded that the universe is rapidly expanding. The first hour goes behind the scenes as a group of young astronomers use the Hubble Space Telescope to peer deeper into the universe than ever before. Using powerful new telescopes, a new breed of astronomers transports viewers back to the very dawn of time.

  • "Exploding Stars and Black Holes" The universe is continually molded by powerful events that can create new worlds and obliterate old ones in a flash visible across all time and space. This episode examines violent events that shape the landscape of galaxies. In suspense-filled sequences, astronomers peer into the heart of a black hole and discover the most distant supernovas (exploding stars) ever seen.

  • "The Search for Alien Worlds" Since the time of Aristotle, humans have wondered, "Are we alone?" The concluding hour tracks the accelerating search for planets and the presence of life beyond the solar system. Acclaimed planet hunters Geoff Marcy and Paul Butler examine what they believe is a previously undiscovered solar system and identify planets that appear cool enough to support water and possibly life. The program also explores the latest efforts in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and goes behind the scenes as scientists prepare to look for evidence of primitive life on Mars through missions such as Pathfinder.

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