Astronomy documentaries

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1. Cosmos (1980)

TV-PG | 780 min | Documentary

Astronomer Carl Sagan leads us on an engaging guided tour of the various elements and cosmological theories of the universe.

Stars: Carl Sagan, Jaromír Hanzlík, Jonathan Fahn, Alan Belod

Votes: 38,584

2. The Elegant Universe (2003)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

A documentary examining string theory.

Stars: Michael Duff, Michael B. Green, Brian Greene, Walter Lewin

Votes: 2,212

3. Stephen Hawking's Universe (2010)

Documentary

In this comprehensive cosmology series Stephen Hawking looks at the entire universe, from the Big Bang to the end of time.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Melissa Ricci, Christopher Goh

Votes: 5,281

4. Through the Wormhole (2010–2017)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Hosted by Morgan Freeman, Through the Wormhole will explore the deepest mysteries of existence - the questions that have puzzled mankind for eternity. What are we made of? What was there ... See full summary »

Stars: Morgan Freeman, Sean Carroll, Michio Kaku, Carlos Frenk

Votes: 17,319

5. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

TV-PG | 557 min | Documentary

An exploration of our discovery of the laws of nature and coordinates in space and time.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Stoney Emshwiller, Piotr Michael, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 115,406

6. Human Universe (2014)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

Brian travels the globe to discuss these topics with examples from our planet and others in the universe.

Star: Brian Cox

Votes: 1,346

7. Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon (2005)

Unrated | 40 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

71 Metascore

This program strives to give the viewer an impression of what it is like to actually be on the moon. It provides a romantic, inspirational depiction of the Apollo astronauts travels on the ... See full summary »

Director: Mark Cowen | Stars: Tom Hanks, John Corbett, Andrew Husmann, Bryan Cranston

Votes: 952 | Gross: $34.14M

8. In the Shadow of the Moon (2007)

PG | 100 min | Documentary, History

84 Metascore

The crew members of NASA's Apollo missions tell their story in their own words.

Director: David Sington | Stars: Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong, Stephen Armstrong, Viola Armstrong

Votes: 6,701 | Gross: $1.13M

9. Stephen Hawking's Grand Design (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this documentary, Stephen Hawking tries to explain what science can tell us about the meaning of life through physics, philosophical discussion,and Hawking's own unique scientific ... See full summary »

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Stephen Hawking, Funke Adeleke, Tom Bonington

Votes: 1,344

10. Mission Pluto (2015 TV Movie)

Documentary

Pluto's extraordinary story from discovery to revelation - 85 years of mystery & intrigue will soon be complete.

Director: Nic Young | Star: Jason Silva

Votes: 110

11. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Alien Planets Revealed (2014)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary

From PBS - It's a golden age for planet hunters: recently, they've discovered more than 750 planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even ... See full summary »

Directors: Nathan Williams, Ben Bowie | Stars: Natalie Batalha, David Charbonneau, Lewis Dartnell, Kevin Heng

Votes: 70

12. Human Planet (2011)

TV-PG | 50 min | Documentary

Like all life forms, humanity partially adapts to types of natural environment, yet also tends to change them. Each episode examines how life differs for men and nature in some type of ... See full summary »

Stars: John Hurt, Roger Munns

Votes: 24,895

13. Planet Earth (2006– )

TV-PG | 538 min | Documentary

Emmy Award-winning, 11 episodes, five years in the making, the most expensive nature documentary series ever commissioned by the BBC, and the first to be filmed in high definition.

Stars: David Attenborough, Sigourney Weaver, Nikolay Drozdov, Thomas Anguti Johnston

Votes: 173,699

14. Stephen Hawking's Universe (1997– )

Not Rated | 360 min | Documentary

6-part documentary series from arguably the greatest scientific mind in the world, the wheelchair-bound Stephen Hawking, which describes all current thinking on the Big Bang, origins of the... See full summary »

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Eugene Babaev, Jeff Rawle, Gregory Benford

Votes: 1,023

15. The Universe (2007–2015)

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 5,632

16. Hyperspace (2001)

180 min | Documentary

Explore the wonders of our universe with Sam Neill.

Star: Sam Neill

Votes: 1,429

17. Wonders of the Solar System (2010)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

In this spellbinding series Professor Brian Cox visits the most extreme locations on Earth to explain how the laws of physics carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Stars: Brian Cox, Don Giuliano, Alan Hildebrand, Richard Hoover

Votes: 4,454

18. Journey to the Edge of the Universe (2008 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, Family

A journey through space and time.

Director: Yavar Abbas | Stars: Alec Baldwin, Sean Pertwee, Paul Essiembre

Votes: 4,087

19. Moon Machines (2008– )

Documentary

A collection of documentaries about project apollo,from the designers and engineers viewpoint.Each episode focused on individual components or equipment for the Apollo programme.

Stars: Robert Seamans, Bill Stoney, Sonny Morea, Cliff Hess

Votes: 395

20. When We Left Earth: The NASA Missions (2008)

48 min | Documentary, History

Narrated by award-winning actor Gary Sinise, WHEN WE LEFT EARTH is the incredible story of humankind's greatest adventure, as it happened, told by the people who were there. From the early ... See full summary »

Stars: Gene Kranz, Gary Sinise, Jim Lovell, Eugene Cernan

Votes: 1,936

21. Genius by Stephen Hawking (2016– )

54 min | Documentary

This series helps ordinary people understand the science behind the big questions of life, the universe, and time travel .

Stars: Stephen Hawking, Alex Filippenko, David Charbonneau, Francisco Diego

Votes: 451

22. Sci Fi Science: Physics of the Impossible (2009– )

TV-G | 45 min | Documentary, Reality-TV

What first appears to be a send-up of classic science fiction is in fact a thorough examination of the real-world science behind the sensationalism. In the pilot episode, the physics behind... See full summary »

Stars: Michio Kaku, Zorikh Lequidre, Luke Crowe, Paul Davies

Votes: 371

23. The Astronomers (1991– )

57 min | Documentary

A look at the work and worlds of leading scientists and astronomers who are helping to unlock the mysteries of the universe.

Stars: Heather Couper, Vera C. Rubin, Tony Tyson, John Lowry Dobson

Votes: 50

24. A Sidewalk Astronomer (2005)

TV-G | 79 min | Documentary

60 Metascore

John Dobson, an 89 year old with a white ponytail and knack for comedy, is the inventor of the Dobsonian telescope mount, which revolutionized astronomy by making large, inexpensive ... See full summary »

Director: Jeffrey Jacobs | Star: John Lowry Dobson

Votes: 41

25. BLAST! (2008)

Not Rated | 78 min | Documentary, Adventure

With extraordinary access, BLAST exposes a world of risky, hardcore, scientific adventure. The story follows an international team of astrophysicists trying to launch a multi-million dollar... See full summary »

Director: Paul Devlin | Stars: Mark Devlin, Barth Netterfield, Victor Davison, Jeff Klein

Votes: 52

26. Planetary (2015)

85 min | Documentary, History

We are in the midst of a global crisis of perspective. We have forgotten the undeniable truth that everything is connected. PLANETARY is a provocative and breathtaking wakeup call, a cross ... See full summary »

Directors: Guy Reid, Steve Watts Kennedy | Stars: Janine Benyus, Ronald Garan, Joan Halifax, Paul Hawken

Votes: 372

27. A Beautiful Planet (2016)

G | 46 min | Documentary

75 Metascore

An exploration of Earth and beyond as seen from the International Space Station. Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence.

Director: Toni Myers | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Samantha Cristoforetti, Scott Kelly, Kjell Lindgren

Votes: 1,322 | Gross: $15.55M

28. Cosmic Voyage (1996)

36 min | Documentary, Short

Where do we fit in with the universe? This film seeks to explore our place among the ever-expanding universe.

Director: Bayley Silleck | Star: Morgan Freeman

Votes: 722

29. The Man Who Unlocked the Universe (2017)

60 min | Documentary

Ruler. Warrior. Astronomer. Ulugh Beg was one of the world's greatest astronomical minds, an enlightened leader who turned medieval Samarkand into a great center of science 150 years before... See full summary »

Director: Bakhodir Yuldashev | Stars: Armand Assante, Vincent Cassel, Vladimir Chistyakov, Maruf Otajonov

Votes: 28

30. The City Dark (2011)

Not Rated | 83 min | Documentary, News

THE CITY DARK is a feature documentary about the loss of night. After moving to NYC from rural Maine, filmmaker Ian Cheney asks a simple question - do we need the stars? - taking him from ... See full summary »

Director: Ian Cheney

Votes: 331

31. The Astrolabe (1997)

24 min | Documentary, Short

This Film focuses mainly on the history of Astrolabe by Shedding lights on the tools currently present in museums of Iran. University professors were interviewed to bring out a mixture of secrets that intervenes with science and art.

Director: Reza Salsany | Star: Alireza Hamraz

Votes: 8

32. Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo (2017)

TV-PG | 101 min | Documentary, History

71 Metascore

At the heart of the Apollo program was the special team in Mission Control who put a man on the moon and helped create the future.

Director: David Fairhead | Stars: John Aaron, Stephen Bales, Jerry Bostick, James Burke

Votes: 1,594

33. Mercury 13 (2018)

TV-PG | 78 min | Documentary

82 Metascore

This documentary profiles women who were tested in 1961 for spaceflight, but had their dreams dashed when only men were chosen to become astronauts.

Directors: David Sington, Heather Walsh | Stars: Joyce Case, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Jerrie Cobb

Votes: 1,089

35. One Strange Rock (2018– )

TV-PG | 47 min | Documentary

The extraordinary story of Earth and why it is special and uniquely brimming with life among a largely unknown but harsh cosmic arena; astronauts tell the story of Earth through a unique perspective.

Stars: Will Smith, Chris Hadfield, Jerry Linenger, Mae C. Jemison

Votes: 7,363

36. StarTalk (2015– )

47 min | Talk-Show

Famed astrophysicist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses science and pop culture with notable guests.

Stars: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Chuck Nice, Charles Liu

Votes: 702

37. The Inexplicable Universe: Unsolved Mysteries (2012– )

Not Rated | Documentary

Everything we now know about the universe-from the behaviour of quarks to the birth of entire galaxies-has stemmed from scientists who've been willing to ponder the unanswerable.

Star: Neil deGrasse Tyson

Votes: 285

38. The Comet's Tale (2007 TV Movie)

Documentary

Comets - friend or foe? Once thought mystical, bringers of bad fortune: recent space missions reveal their origins and composition.

Director: Michael Lachmann | Stars: Jack Fortune, Mark Bailey, Michael Baillie, Alan Fitzsimmons

Votes: 15

39. The Farthest (2017)

PG | 121 min | Documentary, History

87 Metascore

It is one of humankind's greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space - the first human-made object ever to do so.

Director: Emer Reynolds | Stars: Frank Drake, Carolyn Porco, John Casani, Lawrence Krauss

Votes: 4,105 | Gross: $0.01M

40. The Mars Generation (2017)

97 min | Documentary

Aspiring teenage astronauts reveal that a journey to Mars is closer than you think.

Director: Michael Barnett | Stars: Elsa Shiju, Bob Behnken, Alayna Bidlack, Niko Blanks

Votes: 970

41. The Last Man on the Moon (2014)

TV-MA | 95 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

78 Metascore

When Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan stepped off the moon in December 1972 he left his footprints and his daughter's initials in the lunar dust. Only now is he ready to share his epic but deeply personal story of fulfillment, love, and loss.

Director: Mark Craig | Stars: Eugene Cernan, Fred 'Baldy' Baldwin, Alan Bean, Barbara Butler

Votes: 3,393 | Gross: $0.05M

42. Sputnik Fever (2007)

Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary

68 Metascore

Documentary looking back at the USSR's Sputnik satellite and its effects at the time and over the last 50 years.

Director: David Hoffman | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Gene Banucci, Jay Barbree, Paul Dickson

Votes: 121 | Gross: $0.01M

43. From Earth to the Universe (2015)

30 min | Documentary, Short

This stunning, 30-minute voyage through space and time - a full-dome planetarium movie - conveys, through sparkling sights and sounds, the Universe revealed to us by science.

Director: Theofanis N. Matsopoulos

Votes: 17

44. Sepideh (2013)

90 min | Documentary, Drama

Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young ... See full summary »

Director: Berit Madsen | Stars: Sepideh Hooshyar, Sedigheh Hooshyar, Asghar Kabiri, Hadi Hooshyar

Votes: 226

45. Lunarcy! (2012)

PG | 80 min | Documentary, Comedy

With wry humor and affection, Simon Ennis' "Lunarcy!" follows a disparate group of dreamers and schemers who all have one thing in common: they've devoted their lives to the Moon. From the ... See full summary »

Director: Simon Ennis | Stars: Alan Bean, Christopher Carson, Matthew Goodman, Joe Gutheinz

Votes: 215