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NOVA: Monster of the Milky Way
NOVA Monster of the Milky Way
Actor: Stacy Keach; Peter Thomas (VI); Don Wescott
Director: Nova
Genres: Documentary
NR     2007     0hr 56min

Join NOVA on a mind-bending hunt for a monster lurking at the heart of our Milky Way galaxy. For a long time, black holes were dismissed as pure science fiction. Even Albert Einstein could not bring himself to accept them...  more »


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Actor: Stacy Keach; Peter Thomas (VI); Don Wescott
Director: Nova
Genres: Documentary
Sub-Genres: Science & Technology
Studio: WGBH Boston
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 01/16/2007
Original Release Date: 03/03/1974
Theatrical Release Date: 03/03/1974
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 0hr 56min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Eric B. Norris | Santa Clara, California USA | 01/04/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The monster of the Milky Way is of course--no, wait for it. But it's big, really big. Bigger than a Buick. How do we know what's there, with all the gas and dust blocking our view of the galaxy center? "Monster of the Milky Way" explains how. My test for Nova programs is how many times I want to watch them. This episode premiered only a few weeks ago yet I've seen it three times already. There's a lot of thought provoking ideas in this episode, including the fate of the Milky Way and our big galactic neighbor 2.2 million light years away, Mr. Huge Andromeda Galaxy, M31. I don't want to spoil the "plot" of this episode because at its heart it is a detective story, but it follows astronomers as they try to discern just what all that mass at the center of the Milky consists of, and what that means for the future of our galactic neighborhood. This episode is one of the better ones about astronomy. The monster at the heart of the Milky Way and its brethren are the subject of cutting-edge ideas in cosmology these days, and this fresh Nova program takes you right into the current research."
Scarry science
Nikolai Starinski | Montreal, Canada | 10/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I am a physicist and this program was quite interesting for me. Difficult research is presented in very simple manner and can be understood by almost everyone. Some facts were new to me and I truly enjoyed watching it. I would give it 5 stars, but there is something on the back of my mind - at the end I found it a little bit too simple in terms of visual contents."
Monster of the Milky Way
Barbara A. Bates | Orange City, Florida United States | 09/23/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is just terrific in every way. The provider was swift and professional and the video itself is amazing. The NOVA group continues to take complex ideas and concepts easier for the lay person to understand. Truly GREAT."
Nice documentary.
Tushar Tyagi | USA | 11/29/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)

"The documentary makes me hypothesize that probably spiral galaxies are made from
spherical galaxies because of the super massive black hole in their center.
What formed first, the spherical galaxy of the black hole in the centre, is a
seperate topic.
But as explained in the program, the galaxies would start as normal spherical
ones and the black holes jets would create these huge voids in two opposite
directions due to their sterilization effect on normal gas and matter.
These voids would create a gravitational imbalance in the structure of the
spherical galaxy forcing it to collapse into a spiral disc shaped one,
with the jets perpendicular to the plane of the spiral galaxies disc.