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NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: What Is Space

09/27/2011

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Series
NOVA
Program
Fabric of the Cosmos, The: What Is Space
Program Number

3816

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

Space. It separates you from me, one galaxy from the next, and atoms from one another. It is everywhere in the universe. But to most of us, space is nothing, an empty void. Well, it turns out space is not what it seems. From the passenger seat of a New York cab driving near the speed of light, to a pool hall where billiard tables do fantastical things, Brian Greene reveals space as a dynamic fabric that can stretch, twist, warp, and ripple under the influence of gravity. Stranger still is a newly discovered ingredient of space that actually makes up 70 percent of the universe. Physicists call it dark energy, because while they know it's out there, driving space to expand ever more quickly, they have no idea what it is.

Probing space on the smallest scales only makes the mysteries multiply. Down there, things are going on that physicists today can barely fathom—forces powerful enough to generate whole universes. To top it off, some of the strangest places in space, black holes, have led scientists to propose that like the hologram on your credit card, space may just be a projection of a deeper two-dimensional reality taking place on a distant surface that surrounds us. Space, far from being empty, is filled with some of the deepest mysteries of our time.

A NOVA Production by 32-12 Media in association with ARTE France and National Geographic Channel

Duration

00:56:40

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: What Is Space,” 09/27/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 11, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92CED6E7F0904536968A3EE1815D0D40.
MLA: “NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: What Is Space.” 09/27/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 11, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92CED6E7F0904536968A3EE1815D0D40>.
APA: NOVA; Fabric of the Cosmos, The: What Is Space. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_92CED6E7F0904536968A3EE1815D0D40
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