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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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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 ›
Like all the other episodes on all the seasons I own the Bluray versions really enhance the experience!
Accuracy of the information will change as more updated data is found.
After all these shows are intended for amusement-most of us are not using these shows for research.
I only mention that because I have seen some criticism of the scientific accuracy of these shows.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love when written and enjoyable documentaries about space and this one is one of the best. I seen each episode numerous times and I still learn something each time I watch one.Published 1 month ago by Andrew G.
My husband is a physician. He likes anything to do with science and astrology. This series is one of his favorites to watch at the end of his work day.Published 2 months ago by Seine R. Liles
I'm generally happy with the product. However, upon opening the box, I discovered disc 5 was missing. Is there any way in which I can receive disc 5? Thank you.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I love the whole series and I try to watch each new one when the come out.Published 8 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 12 months ago by Tony G.
Love this whole series. Endless hours of learning entertainment.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
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