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Aftershock: The Hunt for Gravitational Waves

Episode 9 of 19

Series exploring topical scientific issues. A look at the evidence of gravitational waves - ripples in space and time - discovered at the South Pole in March 2014.

Horizon travels to the South Pole to tell the inside story of the greatest scientific quest of our time.

In March 2014, a team of astronomers stunned the scientific world when they announced that their BICEP2 telescope at the South Pole had possibly detected a signal of “gravitational waves” from the early universe. This is the inside story of the hunt for gravitational waves from the beginning of time. How the BICEP2 team came close to making one of the greatest discoveries of the century – and what happened when it all began to unravel...

59 minutes

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Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:47

    Claude Debussy

    Clair De Lune


Role Contributor
Director David Briggs
Producer David Briggs
Series Editor Steve Crabtree


  • Tue 10 Mar 2015 21:00
  • Wed 11 Mar 2015 23:20
  • Wed 11 Mar 2015 23:50
  • Thu 25 Jun 2015 08:15