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We once considered ourselves to be at the center of the universe now we know that we are just a small spec in a giant cosmos. This season, HISTORY® ventures outsides of our solar system in another epic exploration of the universe and its mysteries. With strikingly realistic computer re-creations, you ll feel like you ve traveled to the edge of the unknown: visit strange and unfamiliar worlds in Exoplanets, prepare for the worst in Cosmic Collisions, and uncover the secrets of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. And that s just the beginning... learn exactly what Dark Matter is and how it takes up 95% of the universe; take a front-row seat for the ultimate light show with Supernovas; and while most people have heard of black holes (which swallow all matter that they come in contact with), find out more about White Holes which actually create matter.
Mysteries of the Moon
The Milky Way
Stills from The Universe: The Complete Second Season (Click for larger image)
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With the Blu-ray release (on four discs) of this, the complete second season of The Universe, the History Channel has now devoted a combined total of more than 25 hours, not including bonus material, to its documentary study of that combination of time, space, and matter that we call our universe. That’s a lot. But then you consider the mind-boggling age and size of the universe itself: 13.7 billion years old, and big beyond our comprehension; infinite, in fact, and expanding rapidly. By those measures, it’s apparent that this fascinating series could probably air for longer than The Simpsons and Gunsmoke (the two longest running shows in TV history) put together and still not run out of things to talk about.
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
This is an excellent season and is much longer and more comprehensive than season 1 (5 discs as opposed to 2). Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tony Gellerman
Love this whole series. Endless hours of learning entertainment.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
One of the better science shows produced in recent years... Great production values.Published 3 months ago by Michael
good series... but why are you asking for a review after you removed it from the free prime lineup??Published 6 months ago by Don Bouchier
Excellent in the manner the multitudinous topics are broken down and relayed in an accessible and entertaining manner. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Russ Collins
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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
|Widescreen or standard?||
Same here. I need answers prior to purchase.... Any one at Amazon can responde.
Sep 17, 2009 by R. Zandrelli | See all 3 posts
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