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The Universe: Saturn, Lord of the Rings

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Are the rings of Saturn a real celestial phenomenon or merely a cosmic illusion? Technology allows the experts to get closer to the furthest planet visible to the naked eye. Old questions are answered and new ones arise. Does Saturn hold the key to Earth's weather and will one of its moons supply us with all the oil we'll ever need? Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to show what life would be like on other planets and to imagine what kinds of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres.

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Runtime: 44 minutes 9 seconds

Bubbling hot plasma. Caption: superheated into a plasma that burns at millions of degrees.
The Universe
Season 1 / Ep 1
44 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Earth and Mars passing each other in space. Caption: Mars and the Earth had been passing each other
The Universe
Season 1 / Ep 2
44 minutes 8 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Illustration of Jupiter's radiation. Caption: Its electromagnetic radiation is intense.
The Universe
Season 1 / Ep 4
44 minutes 16 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Two red orange planets in space. Caption: coalesced to shape our moon.
The Universe
Season 1 / Ep 6
44 minutes 6 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Meteor on fire traveling downwards. Caption: Venus has been hit hard with meteors…
The Universe
Season 1 / Ep 7
44 minutes 5 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Close up view of Neptune in space. Caption: What happened to Neptune's great dark spot?
The Universe
Season 2 / Ep 1
44 minutes 27 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
View of Saturn in space. Caption: "Saturn: Lord of the Rings."
The Universe
Season 2 / Ep 2
44 minutes 9 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Six planets orbiting around the sun. Caption: (narrator) It is gravity that holds our solar system together.
The Universe
Season 2 / Ep 17
44 minutes 29 seconds
Grade Level: 8 - 12
Illustration of Mars in space. Caption: (narrator) How could life have first formed on Mars?
The Universe
Season 5 / Ep 2
44 minutes
Grade Level: 9 - 12
Image of the sun from above Earth. Caption: And the clock is ticking toward magnetic apocalypse.
The Universe
Season 5 / Ep 3
44 minutes 3 seconds
Grade Level: 9 - 12