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Monster of the Milky Way

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Black hole NOVA explores the nature of black holes and follows scientists as they seek to understand the supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy.

The program:

  • explains how a black hole forms and provides simulations revealing what might be the nature of space surrounding and inside a black hole.

  • details the nature of the event horizon that surrounds the black hole—nothing within the horizon, including light, can escape its gravity.

  • chronicles how astronomers found evidence supporting the existence of black holes and details the methods they used to infer the presence of these unobservable objects.

  • follows astronomers who race to confirm the existence of a supermassive black hole in the center of our Milky Way galaxy.

  • notes that astronomers have already found evidence that suggest there may be supermassive black holes at the centers of nearly all large galaxies throughout the universe.

  • suggests how these black holes may have formed.

  • reviews how black holes may affect the matter surrounding them and explores theories about how they evolve.

  • recounts how, since 2002, astronomers worldwide have been able to observe the galactic center's black hole flaring up.

  • considers what may happen to the galactic center's black hole when it eventually encounters a larger black hole found in the nearby Andromeda galaxy.

Taping Rights: Can be used up to one year after the program is taped off the air.

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