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PBS Digital Studios Debuts STELLAR Alongside PBS's Summer of Space Interactive Experience at PBS.org

19/06/2019

STELLAR, A New Six Part Miniseries from PBS Digital Studios.

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The Six Episode Miniseries Debuts on Facebook and YouTube Beginning June 20; Accompanies PBS.org Interactive Hub and Compelling, Space-Themed Content

ARLINGTON, VA; June 18, 2019 - PBS Digital Studios, dedicated to developing thought-proving programming for the curious minds of the Internet, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing with the launch of STELLAR, a six-episode space-themed miniseries on PBS's Facebook and YouTube pages. Beginning Thursday, June 20, STELLAR will feature three of PBS Digital Studios' most popular, space-loving hosts - Matt Dowd (SPACE TIME), Dianne Cowern (PHYSICS GIRL) and Joe Hanson (IT'S OKAY TO BE SMART) on location at space flight centers around the country highlighting current developments in space exploration, astronomy and astrophysics.

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, said Brandon Arolfo, Senior Director, PBS Digital Studios. 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.

As part of the previously announced Summer of Space multiplatform experience, STELLAR will accompany more than 20 compelling space-themed offerings throughout the summer. New offerings from the PBS Digital Studios network include an episode on martians from MONSTRUM, a look at a space-themed art from ART ASSIGNMENT, an ORIGIN OF EVERYTHING episode that asks why did we plant a flag on the moon? and a video from AMERICA FROM SCRATCH that looks at whether or not we should colonize Mars.

In addition, a Summer of Space interactive hub is coming in July to pbs.org where viewers will be invited to submit videos, photographs, audio recordings and text entries sharing their love of space exploration and how they experienced the Apollo 11 mission. Educators, students and life-long learners will also find Summer of Space classroom-ready materials available on PBS LearningMedia.

An overview of STELLAR and its weekly premiere dates are as follows:

Episode 1: The Mysterious Quasar at the Beginning of the Universe

Host: Matt O'Dowd

Location: Gemini Observatory in Hawaii

Premiere Date: Thursday, June 20

In this episode, host Matt O'Dowd explores how Gemini Observatory detected the oldest and farthest object ever seen - the ancient J0439+1634 quasar. Dowd explains how humans use telescopes to expand their vision into the electromagnetic spectrum, revealing what's out there millions and billions of light years away, just by analyzing the invisible wavelengths traveling through space.

Episode 2: Detecting Black Hole Collisions from 5 Billion Years Ago

Host: Dianna Cowern

Location: LIGO Hanford Observatory in Washington

Premiere Date: Tuesday, June 25

Going beyond the EM spectrum, it is now possible to see a phenomenon that was completely theoretical and invisible to all until just a few years ago: gravitational waves. By sensing the tiniest ripples in gravity, itself, we can see violent stellar collisions like the merging of black holes and neutron stars - events that happened hundreds of millions or billions of years in the past.

Episode 3: Imaging an Impossible Object with a World Sized Telescope

Host: Joe Hanson

Location: Submillimeter Array in Hawaii

Premiere Date: Thursday, June 27

Black holes began as theoretical curiosity in the minds of early 20th century physicists and slowly moved from curiosity to reality, as both the math and observatory observations verified the necessity of their existence. But we had no idea what they looked like and no way to take an image, until now. This is the story of how a worldwide group of telescopes used radio interferometry to not only prove irrefutably that black holes exist but show us what they look like.

Episode 4: How We Discovered the Universe

Host: Matt O'Dowd

Location: Mt. Wilson Observatory in California and American Museum of Natural History in New York

Premiere Date: Thursday, July 11

At the beginning of the 20th century humans thought the Milky Way Galaxy was the entire universe. By the end of the century we discovered the universe is composed of more than 100 billion galaxies. This episode is the story of that incredible awakening to the magnitude of our universe, starting with the discoveries of Edwin Hubble at Mt. Wilson Observatory in Los Angeles.

Episode 5: Where is Everyone?

Host: Joe Hanson

Location: Mauna Kea Summit and W.M. Keck Observatory in Hawaii

Premiere: Thursday, July 18

In this enormous universe there must be other intelligent life, so why haven't we met them yet? We explore the Drake Equation to discover the likelihood that intelligent civilizations exist and how many of them there may be, and identify what risks they, and humanity, face as they grow into technological powers.

Episode 6: Can We Live Elsewhere in the Solar System?

Host: Dianna Cowern

Location: NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California

Premiere Date: Thursday, July 25

Could we live anywhere else in our solar system? In this episode, we investigate how NASA's rovers are setting the stage for human habitations on Mars and discuss the challenges we face in both getting there and creating a sustainable colony. And we explore Jupiter's moon Europa and its ice-covered ocean, which very well may contain life.

STELLAR is produced by Kornhaber Brown, PBS Digital Studios' longtime production partner behind Space Time and PBS Idea Channel. Support for the miniseries was provided by Draper and its Hack the Moon Initiative.

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