At no other time since humans first contemplated the stars has our understanding of the unimaginably vast cosmos grown so rapidly. We know immeasurably more about what's beyond our atmosphere than we did a century ago. In this epic documentary miniseries, The Universe takes you to the leading edge of our ever-expanding astronomical knowledge. Using astronomy and history, these ten hours (13 episodes total) of unprecedented programming give unique insight -- through strikingly realistic computer recreations and animations -- on the great "Eureka!" moments of celestial understanding Experience the cosmos as no-one ever has: not peering at dots through a telescope or scanning pages of numbers, but firsthand. Flirt with a black hole's event horizon, rove the surface of Mars, plunge into the Sun. The series also gives serious, constructive consideration to the great human questions: Are we alone? Is Earth as insignificant to the cosmos as a drop of water? Is there anywhere else out there that that can support life? With 50 billion galaxies in The Universe (containing as many as 100 million stars) there's a lot of ground to cover. You'd better start watching now!
THE UNIVERSE installments are: "Secrets of the Sun"; "Mars: The Red Planet"; "The End of the Earth: Deep Space Threats To Our Planet"; "Jupiter: The Giant Planet"; "The Moon"; "Spaceship Earth"; "The Inner Planets: Mercury & Venus"; "Saturn: Lord of the Rings"; "Alien Galaxies"; "Life and Death of a Star"; "The Outer Planets"; "The Most Dangerous Place"; "Search for ET"; and "Beyond the Big Bang."