Inside the Milky Way [Blu-ray]
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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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I want to purchase a stack of these and give one to each of my family and friends.
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.
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.
Great explaination in laymans terms of the science behind our Galaxy!
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The National Geographic DVD with the Hubble Telescopic Images of "The Milky Way" -- together with the commentary by the 'talking-heads' were informative. Read morePublished 5 months ago by A. R. Monahan
I teach a Study on the Cosmos and the Christ and this Video has been very helpful for us to get a sense of our personal reality in the Universe.Published 9 months ago by Carol Vaccariello