PBS 'Stellar' Series Shows How Space Discoveries Are Made

Space.com | 6/20/2019 | Elizabeth Howell
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A new PBS series offers viewers a behind-the-scenes look at observatories and other institutions that are spearheading the latest space discoveries as well as the longer history of space exploration and science.

The six-episode series, called "Stellar," will air on PBS' YouTube and Facebook pages starting today (June 20). It will feature three PBS Digital Studios hosts known for their enthusiasm for space: Dianna Cowern from "Physics Girl," Matt O'Dowd from "Space Time" and Joe Hanson from "It's Okay To Be Smart." The release of the series is pegged to the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing this July.

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"'Stellar' is an evolution for PBS's original digital programming; it blends together the cinematic quality of broadcast science documentaries with the communal spirit of YouTube and Facebook," Brandon Arolfo, senior director of PBS Digital Studios, said in a statement. "We've brought together three of PBS' biggest science creators to help bring the universe to digital audiences, and couldn't be more excited to share this great content in celebration of this momentous anniversary."

The series begins June 20 with an episode called "The Mysterious Quasar at the Beginning of the Universe." This episode will show how the Gemini Observatory in Hawaii found a quasar (a type of galaxy with a large black hole) known as J0439+1634. It's the oldest and most distant object ever seen.

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Then, the series turns to another strange phenomenon, gravitational waves. Episode 2, "Detecting Black Hole Collisions From 5 Billion Years Ago," airs on June 25. From the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) Hanford Observatory in Washington state, this episode will show how astronomers use gravitational waves to examine phenomena like merging...
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