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Monster of the Milky Way

Does a supermassive black hole lurk at the center of our galaxy?

Premiered: Runtime: 52:12Topic: Space + FlightSpace & FlightNova

(This program is no longer available for online streaming.) Astronomers are closing in on the proof they've sought for years that one of the most destructive objects in the universe—a supermassive black hole—lurks at the center of our own galaxy. Could it flare up and consume our entire galactic neighborhood? Join NOVA on a mind-bending investigation into one of the most bizarre corners of cosmological science: black hole research. From event horizon to singularity, the elusive secrets of supermassive black holes are revealed through stunning computer-generated imagery, including an extraordinary simulation of what it might look like to fall into the belly of such an all-devouring beast.

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Major funding for "Monster of the Milky Way" is provided by the National Science Foundation and by NASA's Gamma Ray Large Area Space Telescope (GLAST).

National corporate funding for NOVA is provided by Draper. Major funding for NOVA is provided by the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the NOVA Science Trust, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.