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Inside The Milky Way [Blu-ray]

4.6 out of 5 stars 57 customer reviews

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Embark on an astounding journey across 100,000 light-years to witness key moments in the history of the Milky Way.

Using cutting-edge science, National Geographic constructs a 3-D state-of-the-art CGI model of our galaxy. We'll peer into the heart of the Milky Way on the hunt for super-massive black holes, watch how stars are born and die, fly out and above the plane of our galaxy to understand its true shape and scour its dusty spiral arms for the possibility of life.

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  • Format: AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2011
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00465I1A6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,587 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This is by far the best documentary out there I've seen that explains our cosmos and what we know up to date. The real images used for this are outstanding! Ive taken a few astronomy courses before and it just amazes me how much more we know now. This documentary not only explains our milky way galaxy in detail, but focuses on how the precision of modern astronomy allows researchers to understand how other galaxies fit into what we know as the visible cosmos.
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By D. Roper on November 24, 2010
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This production, and the science behind it, are astounding. Behold, our universe. We are gaining glimpses into the universe that we've never seen before. ...Significant work achieved with the Hubble Space Telescope and computer modeling. ...And, this program presents it wonderfully. Best work yet on understanding of galaxies.

I want to purchase a stack of these and give one to each of my family and friends.
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What makes astrophysics so interesting is that it gets to the beginning of things. Why did life start on earth, how did the universe begin, how large is it, and so forth. The problem with many documentaries on astronomy is that the narrator "tells" us the theories without "explaining" the scientific thoughts or experiments behind the ideas. This documentary does two things very well - it gives us the science behind the ideas and it produces some of the most amazing computer graphics or photo images of what the Milky Way or other galaxies look like.

There is a lot of material covered here - why the Milky Way is understood to be one of the oldest galaxies, what controls the center of the galaxy (Answer a black hole), the theory of dark matter, the importance of supernovas, the difference between spiral and elliptical galaxies.

My favorite part of the DVD was an analysis of what the universe would look like if the astronomer mapped out its dark matter with a computer model. Then a picture of the universe was produced which matched it perfectly. WOW!

There is a great deal of information in this DVD, but more importantly, a great deal of scientific explanation that supports the information. To me, it is astonishing that in 400 years we have moved from Newton to a rather comprehensive theory of how the universe was formed. This is something teenagers and adults can enjoy together. National Georgraphic did an outstanding job on the illustrations - computer or otherwise - how our galaxy works.
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This is a fascinating film, crystal clear image, high quality graphic and interesting story. I watched 3 times on 3 different weekends in the morning. Each time refreshed me and opened my mind... It also gave me the energy and imagination to explore the wonder of our universe. Highly recommended. Well done NGC!!
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This was a very good science program on our Milky Way Galaxy. Too often, astonomy specials are too broad. They try to cover too much in a short time frame so only a little is explained about the central topic. This 90 documentary does not fall into that trap. It stays on the topic of the Milky Way the whole time. Sure there are some exploratory trips to the early universe and the edge of the universe as well as the cosmic structure, but it is done because it supports the topic of our galaxy. The computer graphics are done nice and for a refreshing break from typical astronomy shows, it also adds high def current photographic images that are very nicely and crisply displayed.

The level of science is medium. I am a big astronomy buff so I get tired of seeing the same repeated concepts that just scratch the surface. There were a couple new concepts and some of the imagry I had not seen.

There is only one lay person analogy (which plagues other shows). This analogy was that a galaxy is like a city, only a city of stars. It comes out very early on in the show and I winched, but as they progressed there were no other stupid analogies. In fact the continued the analogy throughout the show in a way that started to make more sense. Thankfully they did not talk down to the audience.

There is also a concept they "imagine" and that is that what would we see if the Earth could be brought to other parts of the galaxy. I thought that was dumb at first but as they traveled around they showed how the sky would look and some of the shots were breathtaking (Orion nebula on the horizon, globular cluster lighting the sky, the Andromedae galaxy filling the view). It was done very well.

Overall, I highly recommend it. It was done well, the conversations with astronomers were intelligent, and the graphics, photos, and videos were all of high quality.
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Great quality of blu-ray and loved the content of disc.

Great explaination in laymans terms of the science behind our Galaxy!
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National Geo's dvd about the Milky Way is completely incredibe! The graphics are riveting and the classical music selections brilliantly add to the beauty and excitement of the topics, for instance, how stars are born. Besides being instructional, this is a dvd I could watch over and over again as it also helps me gain perspective out of the mundane to horrible affairs of everyday life and to be grateful for how Incredible this Universe and God is! I Am on the search for more dvds like this!
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