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.
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Erik Thompson Erik Thompson ...  Self - Narrator / ... 82 episodes, 2007-2015
Alex Filippenko ...  Self - Univ. of California, Berkeley / ... 53 episodes, 2007-2015
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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.

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Although an unimaginablly large area of space, the first 8 episodes of "The Universe" are constrained to our solar system, the vast majority of the first season. See more »

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Featured in Symphony of Science: We Are All Connected (2009) See more »

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Popular science often leaning more towards fiction than facts.
14 August 2009 | by jvanhalderenSee all my reviews

This series started out quite nice. It starts with a tour of our own solar system of which we have a learned a lot in the last years. For those people who have a passion for astronomy/cosmology, not a lot of new information is presented. However, the manner in which they present it is refreshing and also entertaining.

The problem however starts in season 2. As the 'known' subjects have been discussed in the first season, the second season struggles in finding educational scientific materials. Instead they start leaning towards fiction and speculation more and more. Subjects as 'Sex in space', 'Alien faces' that contain no educational information at all. These episodes felt to me like a poor attempt to put nowadays teenagers drama and fantasy into a scientific perspective just to get a higher audience, an audience who will never comprehend the actual real science behind studies like these.

The scientific community has made it a point on their agenda to make science, in particular astronomy, cosmology and theoretical science more accessible to the general public. An action I totally support. However, showing nice CGI's, some enthusiastic scientists that seem to care more about their own popularity then real science, in this case, gives a wrong idea about what we actually do and do not know.

The show contains a lot of solid information but also a lot of speculations and should not be presented as fact or as general accepted theories.

For those people who are interested in the science part, I would recommend watching "National Geographic's Journey to the Edge of the Universe". A stunning documentary also with mind blowing CGI's and very understandable for any person.

Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1363109/


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29 May 2007 (USA) See more »

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