Archive for July 26th, 2006

Big Bang Documentary

Wednesday, July 26th, 2006

The following copy for this NOVA documentary, Origins: Back To The Beginning, is from Google Video:

Has the universe always existed? How did it become a place that could harbor life? What was the birth of our planet like? Are we alone? NOVA presents some startling new answers in "Origins," a groundbreaking four-part NOVA miniseries hosted by astrophysicist , Director of the at the .

This episode starts with a bang–the big bang in which everything began. "Origins: Back to the Beginning" explores how the colossal forces of the early universe made it possible for habitable worlds to emerge. The clues begin with a race among scientists to capture echoes of the big bang’s ferocious energy in a microwave "whisper" from deep space.

The race pits underdog astronomer and his improvised against scientists and their state-of-the-art satellite probe. The resulting computer animation of the big bang’s echo is as close as we can get to a "photograph" of the primordial universe. Tyson also catches up with one of astronomy’s most
exciting recent findings: the discovery of the first planets outside our own solar system. Detecting more than 100 of these over the last few years, astronomers have developed an ingenious technique for
deducing if they might be suitable for life. The show runs 57 minutes: