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Monster of the Milky Way

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Chapter 1
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Early Clues

Astronomers detect something intensely strange going on at the very core of our galaxy.
running time 4:31

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Chapter 2
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Nature's Most Bizarre Creature

Even for leading physicists, what happens at the center of a black hole remains a mystery.
running time 6:56

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Tracking the Monster

Does the Milky Way harbor a supermassive black hole? How big could it be?
running time 6:51

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Inside Black Holes

Physicists describe what it would be like to journey past the "event horizon" and into a black hole.
running time 6:24

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Chapter 5
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Actors on the Galactic Stage

How did every big galaxy in the universe wind up with a black hole at its center?
running time 10:09

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Our Very Own Monster

Two teams attempt to gauge our black hole's appetite for consuming more matter.
running time 7:06

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Fate of the Milky Way

What would it take for the monster of the Milky Way to come out of retirement?
running time 6:20

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