NOVA Enhances "Black Hole Apocalypse" for Educators
For more than 40 years, NOVA — the long-running PBS science series — has reigned as the undisputed leader in science television, winning dozens of awards and drawing an average of 4.5 million viewers each week.
In January 2018, NOVA released its newest space film, Black Hole Apocalypse. In this two-hour documentary, Columbia University astrophysicist and author Janna Levin takes viewers on a journey to the frontiers of black hole science. Along the way, we meet leading astronomers and physicists on the verge of finding new answers to provocative questions about the most enigmatic and exotic objects in the universe.
To complement the film, NOVA has developed a series of free resources for educators on PBS Learning Media, all aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards. They've also developed the free NOVA Black Holes iPad App, which lets you navigate the cosmos in your star's quest to become a black hole.
NOVA encourages all astronomers who teach at any grade level to explore these resources and to consider incorporating them into your curriculum. Comments, questions, or suggestions? Email Gina Varamo, Outreach Coordinator for NOVA at WGBH in Boston.