Nova: Runaway Universe

Nova: Runaway Universe

Director: Tom Lucas, Alan Ritsko, Liev Schreiber

Cast: Tom Lucas, Alan Ritsko, Liev Schreiber

     
 
This Nova program grapples with the truly big questions of science -- what is the universe's structure, what lies beyond the limits of our "sight," and how can we predict the ultimate fate of the universe? The film uses as its main focal point a recent discovery that space is not only expanding but actually accelerating outward. Two competing teams of

Overview

This Nova program grapples with the truly big questions of science -- what is the universe's structure, what lies beyond the limits of our "sight," and how can we predict the ultimate fate of the universe? The film uses as its main focal point a recent discovery that space is not only expanding but actually accelerating outward. Two competing teams of scientists discuss the meaning of this phenomenon, as well as the methodology that they use to make such discoveries -- tasks like measuring the brightness and the "redshift" of supernovae, as well as irregularities in the microwave background radiation. The program uses high-definition 3-D simulations to demonstrate leading theories (such as the theories of inflation and of "dark energy") about the behavior and fate of matter in the universe. ~ Sarah Welsh

Product Details

Release Date:
09/12/2006
UPC:
0783421324299
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
NR
Source:
Wgbh / Pbs
Region Code:
1
Time:
0:56:00
Sales rank:
74,941

Special Features

Closed Caption; Printable materials for education; Access to the NOVA web site; Closed captions; Described video for the visually impaired

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- NOVA: Runaway Universe
1. Introduction [2:59]
2. A Needle in a Cosmic Haystack [:21]
3. The Right Kind of Supernova [12:52]
4. The Red Shift [10:11]
5. Dark Matter and Dark Energy [10:55]

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