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NOVA; Monster of the Milky Way


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Monster of the Milky Way
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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

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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 -- is lurking right in the center of our own galaxy. Could it flare up and devour our entire galactic neighborhood? Join NOVA on a mind-bending investigation into one of the most bizarre corners of cosmological science: the truth about black holes. From supernova to event horizon, the dark 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 a beast.



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Chicago: “NOVA; Monster of the Milky Way,” 08/25/2009, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 22, 2019, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0CD96C29BBD4F379879205290B0FD75.
MLA: “NOVA; Monster of the Milky Way.” 08/25/2009. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. April 22, 2019. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0CD96C29BBD4F379879205290B0FD75>.
APA: NOVA; Monster of the Milky Way. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_F0CD96C29BBD4F379879205290B0FD75
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