How The Universe Works 2 Seasons 2012

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Season 2
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The Universe is a magnetic minefield. The Sun spits out flares capable of battering life on Earth. But out there in space lie the true magnetic monsters. As we uncover dangerous megaflares in the cosmos, the question is, will we end up in the firing line?

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44 minutes
Original air date:
August 1, 2012

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Season 2
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    1. Volcanoes Scientists are discovering volcanoes on worlds we once thought dead. From our nearest planetary neighbour to tiny moons billions of miles away, today we are discovering volcanoes on alien worlds. Are these worlds where, tomorrow, we might find life?

    CC TV-G 44min July 11, 2012
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    2. Megastorms On Earth, violent and destructive storms create new opportunities for life. In our quest to discover if we are alone in the universe, we shouldn't just look for worlds, we should look for weather. Find chaotic weather and maybe we will find alien life.

    CC TV-G 44min July 18, 2012
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    3. Planets from Hell Over the last twenty years we have discovered an extraordinary zoo of planetary nightmares outside our own solar system, all of them truly wild worlds, a collection of monsters. Now we must face the question: Is every planet out there a planet from hell?

    CC TV-PG 44min July 25, 2012
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    4. Megaflares The Universe is a magnetic minefield. The Sun spits out flares capable of battering life on Earth. But out there in space lie the true magnetic monsters. As we uncover dangerous megaflares in the cosmos, the question is, will we end up in the firing line?

    CC TV-G 44min August 1, 2012
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    5. Extreme Orbits The only reason life on Earth is possible is because of our stable orbit around the Sun. Elsewhere in the Universe, orbits are chaotic, violent and destructive. On the largest scale, orbits are a creative force and construct the fabric of the Universe.

    CC TV-G 44min August 8, 2012
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    6. Comets We follow the odyssey of a comet as it sails through space, watching every move as it evolves from a chunk of ice and rock into an active nucleus engulfed in a gaseous haze. What we learn is a revelation; comets are even more mysterious than we imagined.

    CC TV-G 44min August 15, 2012
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    7. Asteroids From icy worlds with more fresh water than Earth to flying mountains of pure metal, asteroids shaped our past and promise much for the future. Could these enigmatic space rocks hold the key to how life in the Universe arises and is extinguished?

    CC TV-G 44min August 22, 2012
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    8. Birth of the Earth The Earth was formed by a series of cosmic cataclysms including the most powerful blast in the Universe. Yet amid the turmoil our world was born. Could the same chain of events have created other earths elsewhere, inhabited by creatures like us?

    CC TV-G 44min August 29, 2012

Product Details

Genres Documentary
Director Kate Dart, Adam Warner
Supporting actors Phil Plait, Michelle Thaller
Season year 2012
Network Science
Executive Producer Richard Burke-Ward
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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Would like all seasons on Prime so we could view them at no extra charge!
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This is a particularly good show in my opinion, but season one was noticeably better than season two.
Fotoman
Although some of the video sequences are used repeatedly, there are some very good graphics.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mike Kucharik on July 15, 2013
This DVD set should come boxed with earplugs. Season 1, which was narrated by Mike Rowe was top notch. I was looking forward to season 2, but the narration by Erik Dellums is way beyond irritating. A voice that just grates and grates to the point of you shouting at the TV begging for him to just shut up. An awesome series with truly spectacular graphics, ruined.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Fotoman on May 1, 2013
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This is a particularly good show in my opinion, but season one was noticeably better than season two. The effects, etc. are great, but the interview locations and, at times, that lighting is very bland. The new narrator does a decent job, but his tone is much more melancholy than Mike Rowe's who did season one. I've purchased several of the episodes that sounded interesting because Amazon Prime Video and Netflix only offer Season one free of charge. Funny, they're charging for the weaker of the two seasons.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arika on February 4, 2013
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I love to watch both seasons. I agree that Mike Rowe (Season 1) is way better than Erik Todd Dellums (Season 2) but the topics included in season 2 make up for it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Keb Bliss on December 22, 2012
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Refreshing, up to date scientific discoveries and opinions. At the rate science is progressing, no program can be completely up to date, but this series is close.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Linda A. Brown on December 9, 2012
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I really liked these series (How the Universe Works - Season 1 and Season 2.) Please, if there are any updates in the months to come, make them available.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kate C Kelly on November 5, 2012
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This series has been a joy to watch. Lay persons can easily understand these important concepts - the narrators are engaging, intelligent and so enthusiastic about their professions. For anyone who wishes to learn about our origins, this is a must-see.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Monty on August 15, 2012
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The scientists and the show's video graphics make this series, and cosmology in general, fascinating. I'm currently studying from some introductory physics and astronomy books purchased through Amazaon for a greater understanding of the cosmos. The series excites me by its content renewing my overriding question when watching such documentaries, which is, "How do they measure that?" I recommend the series for entertaining the laymen, intriguing our minds by raising more questions than the show's provided answers, and heightening the level of fascination that simply comes to any of us by looking up at the night sky.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Betty L. Wilkins on February 24, 2014
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This is a great series, with clear concise scenes and explanations without going into mathematical jargon, yet explains things very well. While I am not as thrilled with the narrator in this season as I was the first season, it did not detract from the series or what it showed about the wonders up there. While I enjoyed "The Universe" for what it described, this series is a bit more practical in showing How it works, and what happens when it does. A great addition for any astronomy collection.
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