The Universe: Season 2 [Blu-ray]
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The 18 episodes from Season Two cover an appropriately wide range of topics, from "Cosmic Holes" to "Cosmic Collisions," from supernovas to gravity. There are episodes about the weather in space, the largest objects in space (hint: they’re really, really big, like the so-called "cosmic web" of galaxies, which is a hundred million billion times bigger than Earth), and traveling to and colonizing space. The amount of information and data provided is enormous. Jargon abounds, including terms like "lunar transient phenomena," "pulsar planets," "hot Jupiters," "dark matter" and "dark energy," "collisional families," the "heavy bombardment period," and many, many more. And the numbers are mind-boggling: for instance, it’s estimated that the impact of the asteroid that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula some 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs, was equal to that of dropping a Hiroshima-sized atomic bomb every second for 140 years! Still, some may find the episodes that involve informed speculation more interesting than those that deal in facts. We know that the Moon affects ocean tides, but does it also have an effect on human behavior? If the Big Bang was the beginning of the universe, what came before it? Instead of using rockets to go to space, can scientists actually build a "space elevator" that will reach from an orbiting satellite some 60 thousand miles down to Earth? All of this is delivered by way of very convincing computer-generated imagery and other effects, along with dozens of interviews with astronomers and other experts, photos, film footage, and so on. Best of all, while it can get a bit dense, technically speaking, by and large The Universe will be readily accessible to most viewers. --Sam Graham
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- Featurette: Backyard Astronomers
Top Customer Reviews
It was even better.
To realize that the universe is about 13.7 billion years old, and so vast, that it's totally beyond our comprehension and still expanding. A truly unimaginable thought, that.
There are so many amazing episodes, one of which shows the largest objects in space. They are seriously big, like the so-called "cosmic web" of galaxies, which is a hundred million billion times bigger than Earth. Then there's the fascinating Lunar transient phenomena, the pulsar planets, the hot Jupiters, the weather in space, dark matter, dark energy, and much more. Really mind-boggling stuff, this!
For instance it's estimated that the impact of the asteroid that landed on the Yucatan Peninsula about 65 million years ago, wiping out the dinosaurs, this was equal to that of dropping a Hiroshima-sized atomic bomb every second for 140 years!
And another mind-boggling thought, where did we really come from...hmmn. Still, I'd like to go to heaven eventually:)
This series had me riveted to my screen. The computer-generated imagery and other effects is so realistic. It makes one feel as if one is truly there experiencing this phenomenal aspects. And it's explained so simply that anyone can understand it.
My favourite episodes are:
Alien Planets, Dark Matter, Astrobiology
Space Travel,Unexplained Mysteries &
A truly awesome series! Enjoyed every bit of it.
Fantastic phenomena and alien worlds are re-created through extremely realistic computer animation, which is shockingly detailed and stunningly beautiful. The visuals take viewers inside wonders that man has only viewed from afar, giving a close-up look at the fascinating inner workings of the cosmos around us.
The series also includes documentary style interviews with experts in the field, as well as footage from both past and current scientific exploration programs and an introduction to some of the tools and devices these scientists use to explore the universe. A nice contrast to the computer re-creations, this live-action documentary aspect of the series does a good job of providing balance, grounding the concepts and reminding viewers that there are actual people working to find answers and discover new information about the space around us- it's not simply Star Trek.
Whether used as an educational tool or simply for entertainment value, The Universe - Season Two on Blu-ray is interesting and enthralling.Read more ›
Here are the individual episodes in Season Two:
Mysteries Of The Moon
The Milky Way
Dark Matter/Dark Energy
Wildest Weather In The Cosmos
Biggest Things In Space
Each episode is well done and easy to understand. I had two astronomy courses in college, so I had pretty good knowledge of astronomy before ever viewing this series. However, I don't feel that the narrator and scientists/scholars dumb everything down for the viewing audience. Astronomy is a complex subject that can be quite technical and hard to understand at times, so I think the comments by scientists throughout the series strike a good balance - not too technical, not too simple. Just right.
Throughout the series you'll hear fascinating facts, theories, and explanations. You'll see well done computer generated images of everything in the cosmos - moons, stars, galaxies, nebulas, planets, etc. My favorite episodes in this second season are Wildest Weather In The Cosmos, The Milky Way, Mysteries Of The Moon, Nebulas, Supernovas, and Cosmic Holes.
I highly recommend this second season as well as the entire series.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Unlike another reviewer the set I received play perfectly on my wide screen television.Suggest that person check their tv's settings. Read morePublished 14 days ago by bob
I love the whole series and I try to watch each new one when the come out.Published 3 months ago by DAF
This is an excellent season and is much longer and more comprehensive than season 1 (5 discs as opposed to 2). Read morePublished 6 months ago by Tony Gellerman
Love this whole series. Endless hours of learning entertainment.Published 6 months ago by Kindle Customer
One of the better science shows produced in recent years... Great production values.Published 8 months ago by Michael
good series... but why are you asking for a review after you removed it from the free prime lineup??Published 11 months ago by Don B.
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|Season Two Differences => $20 and $40 ???||
The only difference that I know of is that one comes in a steelbook (metal case) and the other one comes in a normal dvd case. The steelbook is more sought after, and a lot of people collect them (me included), but i'm surprised of the $20 difference. Currently it's only a dollar difference,... Read More
Apr 11, 2011 by T. Weirup | See all 2 posts
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Same here. I need answers prior to purchase.... Any one at Amazon can responde.
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