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Cosmic Collisions (2009)

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Discovery Channel
  • DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010
  • Run Time: 25 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002XUBDR4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Cosmic Collisions" on IMDb

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Right now, massive meteors and asteroids are orbiting dangerously close to Earth. Some may even be poised to hit us in the foreseeable future! Where are they? What type of damage will they cause? What can we do stop a caroming asteroid thats headed toward us, or prevent future Near Earth Objects from lining us up in their sites.


EARTH: They have left deep scars all over the face of our planet and are responsible for one of the biggest extinctions in history. Scientists believe that its not a question of if theyll strike again, but when.Cosmic Collisions: Earth covers everything there is to know about meteor clashes with our planet and how scientists are preparing for the next deadly assault on Earth.

SOLAR SYSTEM: Our solar system is a cosmic pinball machine. Rock piles as big as cities plow into planets and leave destruction in their wake. Cosmic Collisions: Solar System travels through our cosmic neighborhood as we examine how collisions created our moon, left gashes on Jupiter, and how pieces of Mars ended up in our own backyard.

GALAXIES: Galaxies smash into each other, stars collide with the force of several nuclear bombs and black holes fuse in a deadly fireworks display. Even our own galaxy marches toward a clash with its closest neighbor, Andromeda. Cosmic Galaxies journeys through space as we examine the cosmic battles being waged between celestial bodies.

PREHISTORIC DISASTERS: Since the Earth's creation 4.5 billion years ago, the planet has been struck by a series of catastrophes, each one pushing life to the edge of extinction. But from disaster comes new life - and while the dominant species on the planet were wiped out, hardier creatures survived and thrived, moving into the vacuum left by the extinction. These creatures in turn took over the planet until they themselves fell victim to yet another mass extinction. The Earth's history is rife with prehistoric disasters that have molded the planet and changed the course of evolution. But with each disaster came another leap forward on the evolutionary trail from single celled bacteria to humankind itself. Without this series of events, neither mankind nor any of the life we see around us would be here today. Episodes: Birth of the Planet, Snowball Earth, Planet of Fire, Asteroid Strike.

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Don't be deterred by the other negative reviews given to this title. If you liked the Discovery Channel series "The Universe", then Cosmic Collisions is more of the same. The first episode covers asteroid impacts and the Giant Impact Hypothesis in that style. Episode two focuses on impacts which have occurred in our solar system, focusing on the Jupiter impact of Shoemaker-Levy 9, and what may have caused Uranus to be rocked to an almost 90 degree angle in relation to the other planets. Episode three covers the largest of collisions....galaxies. What will happen when the Milky Way eventually collides with the Andromeda galaxy?

While the 'Cosmic Collisions' episodes featuring the Earth, Solar Systems and Galaxies is interesting enough fare, it's the 'Prehistoric Disaster' episodes included on the second disc (the series was called 'Catastrophe' in the UK) that are worth the price of admission alone.

The Prehistoric Disaster episodes lay out what happened to the Earth during its initial formation, as well as how life arose on our planet. While the episodes don't specifically go into abiogenesis, the other information is quite good. Episodes cover the Giant Impact Hypothesis, plate techtonics, the Ice Age, and how the Earth has continually changed throughout time. A very well done series; without the grandiosity and "generated drama" found in American documentaries like "The Universe", etc. Sadly, the set does not include the fifth episode of Catastrophe "Survival Earth" which would cover from the extinction of the dinosaurs up to modern day - fair warning.

I caught these initially on Netflix streaming but was so impressed by the Catastrophe series, I had to pick it up on DVD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing May 14, 2011
This is an amazing series that gives the best scientific 'creation story' we have at this point in history. The CGI graphics of early earth are stunning and the quality of the program is first rate throughout. Not for the faint of heart though; the merciless violence of the universe is shown in all its fury here. I came away with a greater appreciation of the fragility of life and of how lucky we are all to be alive -- however short our lifespans may be -- in comparison to the 6+ billion year age of the Earth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hooked on Netflix, bought on DVD July 24, 2013
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I found Cosmic Collisions - and Prehistoric Disasters - on Netflix Streaming, and was instantly hooked. Seeing both series available for $10 on Amazon was a no-brainer for me.

Granted, both documentaries use the visual FX seen in other Discovery Channel programs, but regardless, the information is presented entertainingly. Of all the episodes of both series, Snowball Earth is perhaps the most intriguing, with evidence of glaciers being present at where the equator would have been on the drifting continents. (Some think it wasn't a Snowball Earth, but a Slushball Earth. The documentary was done in 2010, so at least the info is up-to-date.)
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This documentary demonstrates how science and man connect in search for answers to the unknown and uncertain catastrophic event. Thanks to their brilliant investigations, I got a chance to see what's it's like sitting back on my couch exploring with the best. Thanks to this documentary, I now able to gasp a better understanding superior to previous understanding.
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