Who are we? Where do we come from? For thousands of years humanity has turned to religion and myth for answers to these enduring questions, but Professor Brian Cox presents a different set of answers.
It is 13.7 billion years old, 93-billion light years across, and filled with more than 100-billion galaxies, each containing hundreds of billions of stars -- this is our universe. WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE explains the vast and unfathomable phenomena of deep space by re-examining the familiar on Earth. In this four-part series, host Professor Brian Cox takes science away from telescopes and labs to travel into the natural world and across the planet in search of explanation.
These journeys across the planet are combined with spectacular images of space. Inspired by imagery captured from telescopes and using stunning high definition CGI, WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE offers views of giant supernova, gamma ray bursts and recently discovered galaxies, and sheds light on the furthest reaches of the universe, just moments after its creation.
Episode highlights from WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE include:WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE - "Destiny"
Professor Cox seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Cox explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth. Ultimately, he discovers that time is not characterized by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of a glacier, to the decay of an old mining town, the ravaging effects of time are all around us. The vast universe is subject to these same laws
of change.WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE - "Stardust"
In the second stop in his exploration of the wonders of the universe, Professor Cox goes in search of humanity's very essence to answer the biggest questions of all: what are we? And where do we come from? Cox reveals how our origins are entwined with the life cycle of the stars. But he begins his journey here on Earth. Next, he explains how the Earth's resources have been recycled through the ages. How every atom that makes up everything we see, was at some time a part of something else. WONDERS OF THE UNIVERSE - "Falling"
In the third episode of this groundbreaking series, Professor Cox takes on the story of the force that sculpts the entire universe - gravity. Gravity seems so familiar, and yet it is one of the strangest and most surprising forces in the universe. Starting with a zero gravity flight, Cox experiences the feeling of total weightlessness, and considers how much of an effect gravity has had on the world around us. Then, Cox takes a face distorting trip in a centrifuge to explain how it is that gravity achieves its great power.