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Horizon travelled 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 story sets out to show the hunt for gravitational waves from the beginning of time, and 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.

Working within a quick production turnaround, Shadow was asked to assist in demonstrating some key theories and equations.

See more on The Hunt for Gravitational Waves at the Horizon web site.