The Universe – Season 5The Universe Season 5 premiered 2010 on History Channel. From the planets to the stars and out to the edge of the unknown, history and science collide in HISTORY’s popular series THE UNIVERSE, now back for its fifth season. With ground-breaking new discoveries and even more stunning high-definition computer animations.

Our Sun has served Earth well for almost five billion years. It's bathed us with heat and energy. But like humans, our home star is mortal. In five billion years, it will stop nurturing its planetary offspring. The aging star will bloat out beyond the orbit of our planet incinerating all living things--including humans if we're still around.

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1. 7 Wonders of the Solar System. The most astonishing wonders of our solar system, such as the geysers of Enceladus; Saturn's amazing rings; Jupiter's Great Red Spot; and the heights of Olympus Mons on Mars.

2. Mars: The New Evidence. Evidence of life on Mars which provides many clues that it now, or once had supported it; from the remains of lakes and rivers that once flowed on the surface; to the water ice frozen at the poles; to the seasonal changes in methane gases that may prove bacterial life still thrives underground.

3. Magnetic Storm. Magnetic storms – "Solar Katrinas" created by the sun with the power of ten-thousand nuclear weapons that could cause global electrical blackouts, electronics malfunctions and communication disasters if one should hit the Earth.

4. Time Travel. How it could one day become reality; how Einstein's theory of relativity claims it is possible, and the probable results of traveling to the future and the mind-boggling consequences of traveling to the past.

5. Secrets of the Space Probes. What they have done and found for us in space, and what they might do in the future, such as searching for Earth-like planets and for extraterrestrial life.

6. Asteroid Attack. Asteroids and the impact they have or had on life now and before. Also, what spacecrafts can tell us about them, what they can do to civilization, and the possibility of living on one.

7. Total Eclipse. The movements of the Earth, the sun and the moon during solar and lunar eclipses; how humans, if alone in the universe, may be the only intelligent creatures to witness these events; and how astronomers discover planets in other star systems that partially eclipse their stars.

8. Dark Future of the Sun. The grim future of our home star, the sun, and what might happen to it five billion years in the future. Also the results of the growing sun as it kills life, including humans, if they were still around.