The BEST Episodes of How the Universe Works

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: May 14, 2021

Network: Science Channel

A users' guide to the cosmos, from the Big Bang to galaxies, stars, planets and moons: where did it all come from and how does it all fit together? A primer for anyone who has ever looked up at the night sky and wondered.

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Aliens of the Microcosmos

#1 - Aliens of the Microcosmos

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 7, 2021

New discoveries reveal the power of microscopic alien organisms.

star 8.30
10 votes
Secret History of Pluto

#2 - Secret History of Pluto

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Jan 3, 2017

Pluto is the subject, with an investigation into whether the planet has an underground ocean. The first close-up images of Pluto revealed unimaginable secrets of this mysterious frozen world. Now, scientists investigate if Pluto is home to a warm ocean of liquid water beneath its surface, and whether this underground ocean could harbour life.

star 8.28
102 votes
The Interstellar Mysteries

#3 - The Interstellar Mysteries

Season 7 - Episode 3 - Aired Jan 22, 2019

Interstellar space is the space between the universe's stars and new discoveries reveal that it's not empty and unremarkable as previously thought, but filled with weird objects and strange phenomena that might hold the darkest secrets of our cosmos.

star 8.27
45 votes
Earth's Death Orbit

#4 - Earth's Death Orbit

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Feb 27, 2020

Earth's journey through the universe is a perilous one, and new discoveries reveal that our planet is heading toward a mysterious area of the cosmos that could eject us out of the Milky Way and into oblivion.

star 8.26
27 votes
When Supernovas Strike

#5 - When Supernovas Strike

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 15, 2019

Supernovas are the violent death of giant stars, and new discoveries reveal that these cataclysmic events create the elements that are essential to all life in the universe.

star 8.25
55 votes
The First Oceans

#6 - The First Oceans

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 25, 2015

For years, scientists suspected that the oceans came from molecules delivered to Earth from distant stars by asteroids, but a new discovery suggests that their true origins may be more exotic.

star 8.24
135 votes
Galaxies

#7 - Galaxies

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired May 10, 2010

Galaxies, home to stars, planets and us, come in all shapes and sizes. Witnesses the evolution of galaxies; from clouds of cold gas floating in the voids of space 13 billion years ago, to the magnificent spirals that fill our night sky.

star 8.23
623 votes
Directors: Louise Say
Writers:
Did the Big Bang Really Happen?

#8 - Did the Big Bang Really Happen?

Season 7 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 12, 2019

New discoveries are causing astronomers to question if the Big Bang really happened, and using the latest science, they investigate if it wasn't just the start of our universe but many mysterious multiverses.

star 8.23
43 votes
Hunt for Alien Life

#9 - Hunt for Alien Life

Season 7 - Episode 8 - Aired Feb 26, 2019

The latest discoveries suggest life beyond this planet; scientists investigate if earth's life began elsewhere in the universe, and whether humans need to evolve to know for sure.

star 8.19
36 votes
Secret Lives of Neutrinos

#10 - Secret Lives of Neutrinos

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired May 12, 2021

star 8.17
6 votes
Forces of Mass Construction

#11 - Forces of Mass Construction

Season 4 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 1, 2015

Scientists attempt to understand how this strange force of magnetism works.

star 8.16
139 votes
Birth of the Earth

#12 - Birth of the Earth

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Aug 29, 2012

The Earth was formed by a series of cataclysms without which we would not exist. Could the same events have created other earth-like planets elsewhere in the Universe inhabited by creatures like us?

star 8.14
180 votes
Directors: George Harris
Writers:
Secret History of the Moon

#13 - Secret History of the Moon

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 18, 2015

Our Moon is stranger than you think, and we reveal its incredible secrets. Can we thank the Moon for life on Earth? What explains the mysterious tunnels beneath its surface? Is a lunar base the key to humanity's future in space?

star 8.14
145 votes
Curse of the White Dwarf

#14 - Curse of the White Dwarf

Season 9 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 14, 2021

star 8.13
15 votes
Mission to a Comet

#15 - Mission to a Comet

Season 9 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 24, 2021

Experts embark on a ground-breaking mission to land on a comet.

star 8.12
17 votes
Big Bang

#16 - Big Bang

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Apr 25, 2010

This is the greatest story ever told, the creation of everything us. The programme investigates how the Universe came into existence out of nothing, and how it grew from a miniscule point, smaller than an atomic particle, to the vast cosmos we see today.

star 8.11
821 votes
Directors: Louise Say
Writers:
Battle of the Dark Universe

#17 - Battle of the Dark Universe

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 19, 2019

Dark matter and dark energy are locked in an epic battle for control of the cosmos, and the winner will determine the fate of the universe. New discoveries might reveal which force will emerge victorious.

star 8.11
37 votes
Edge of the Universe

#18 - Edge of the Universe

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Feb 13, 2020

We don't yet know where the edge of the universe is or what happens there; but thanks to cutting-edge technology and new discoveries, experts might finally reveal the secrets of the phenomena that can be found in deepest reaches of the cosmos.

star 8.09
32 votes
Dawn of Life

#19 - Dawn of Life

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Aug 11, 2015

Discovering how life on Earth came to be; the possibility that life on Earth come from another planet.

star 8.05
151 votes
Nightmares of Neutron Stars

#20 - Nightmares of Neutron Stars

Season 7 - Episode 1 - Aired Jan 8, 2019

Neutron stars are strange and violent phenomena that defy the laws of physics, and new discoveries reveal that these bizarre nightmares are far more deadly than we ever thought, with the power to destroy planets and even other stars.

star 8.05
65 votes
Monster Black Hole

#21 - Monster Black Hole

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 28, 2015

A look inside the supermassive black hole in the center of the Milky Way to discover terrifying secrets about parallel universes, wormholes, and space-time.

star 8.01
200 votes
Solar Systems

#22 - Solar Systems

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 24, 2010

Is our solar system unique? Since the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star, some 280 alien solar systems have been identified. It's only by looking at solar systems far beyond our own, that we can understand how remarkable our universe is.

star 8.00
570 votes
Directors: Lorne Townend
Writers:
Journey to a Black Hole

#23 - Journey to a Black Hole

Season 9 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 24, 2021

Journey to the heart of the M87 supermassive black hole, the first and only black hole ever photographed, and explore the mystery of how it grew so large, what lies inside, and how it controls the entire galaxy.

star 8.00
16 votes
Black Holes

#24 - Black Holes

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired May 2, 2010

Black Holes,the most powerful destroyers in the Universe, the most mysterious phenomena in the heavens. For years they were only speculation, now modern astronomy is proving them frighteningly real and showing that they may well shape everything we see.

star 7.99
699 votes
Directors: Peter Chinn
Writers:
Asteroids - Worlds that Never Were

#25 - Asteroids - Worlds that Never Were

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Aug 22, 2012

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?

star 7.97
158 votes
Directors: George Harris
Writers: