How the Universe Works

| April 20, 2012 | 3 Comments

Today let’ check out this new DVD called “How the Universe Works” with Mike Rowe.

“How The Universe Works” tells the story how the cosmos was  built and shaped by the laws of physics and how it actually works. From the beginning of time, stars, galaxies, planets, solar systems have been working individually and together to produce all that we can see. Experience as never before the inner workings of our world, explore black holes, supernovas, neutron stars, dark energy and all the titanic forces that make us who we are. With a dynamic cast of experts and a new generation of CGI, How the Universe Works looks under the celestial hood to reveal the inner workings of outer space: the story of how it’s made and how it runs.

This is a work by the Discovery team so as usual a variety of experts will appear throughout the episodes. Physicists, astronomers and scientists from other fields will do their best to explain the inner workings of the universe to the everyday viewers. As it is written of the DVD a new generation of CGI will enhance your watching experience and honestly I have to agree that visuals are great in “How the Universe Works”.

Here is a short episode guide just to let you get a taste of what the show is all about:

1) Extreme Stars

This episode tells the story of how stars were built by the laws of physics and how stars then went on to engineer everything else in our universe. Viewers will learn how nuclear fusion in the core of these stars keeps them burning for billions of years and is what powers our nearest star Sun. Various experts will explain how stars transformed the Universe by spawning further generations of stars, then planets and eventually the building blocks of life itself.

2) Black Holes

Black Holes are the most powerful and deadly destroyers in the Universe and the most mysterious phenomena in the heavens. For years they were only speculation, now modern astronomy is proving them frighteningly real and showing that these monsters may well be pulling the cosmic strings, controlling the shape of everything we see. Viewers will learn how they are born from the deaths of massive stars and what it might be like to travel in to a black hole.

3) Big Bang

This episode tells the greatest story ever told, the origin of space and time. We witness the Big Bang, the moment of creation and the birth of everything that we see around us. T13.7 billion years ago nothing existed: there was no space and time. Out of nothing, explodes an infinitely hot and dense soup that rapidly expands from the size of a subatomic particle to the size of a galaxy in a fraction of a second. Then the formation of fundamental forces that shape our Universe, the epic battle between matter and antimatter and the creation of the first particles that make up the cells in your body, the ground beneath our feet and the stars in the night sky. Physicists and astronomers will tell you about the science behind the beginning of the Universe.

4) Alien Galaxies

Galaxies come in all shapes and sizes. From majestic spirals to giant balls of stars and gas, these immense cities of stars are the building blocks of the Universe itself. But how do they form and are detected? “How the Universe Works” answers these questions and so much more. Super-massive galaxies millions of light years away are the destination of the journey in this episode.

5) Alien Solar Systems

The Solar System — eight planets and a star; our familiar, stable corner of the universe. But how much do we really know about its formation? And is it unique? Recent discoveries of Earth-like planets orbiting other stars is a ground-breaking victory for the astronomy science. It reveals the secrets of these planets — a brutal history of collisions with other planets, whilst future models predict a violent death for others. Since the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star in 1992, some 280 alien solar systems have been identified. It’s only by looking at solar systems far beyond our own, that we can understand just how remarkable our small patch of universe really is.

6) Extreme Planets

There are just eight planets in our solar system, but there could be a hundred billion in our Milky Way galaxy alone. As we enter into a golden age of planetary discovery the possibilities are endless. Pushing out deep into space we are finding planets that are stranger than we could ever have imagined — from giant burning gas spheres to icy orphaned worlds wandering in interstellar space. So just how did they get to be so different? How the Universe Works follows the remarkable journey of planets as they grow from grains of dust to the magnificently diverse worlds we see today. Find the answer to the questions about these amazing planet in this great episode.

7) Alien Moons

Recent explorations have revealed moons to be the chemistry labs of the cosmos and the most likely places where we might find life beyond our planet. While some moons are no more than asteroids caught by the snare of gravity; others are part of giant family systems and almost planets in their own right. Some of the most diverse worlds in the Universe, we know of 300 moons just in our own Solar System, but there may be billions. How these moons are born, live, and die is fundamental to understanding our planet’s turbulent origins and our place in the Universe.

8 ) Supernovas

Stars are not eternal; they are dying all the time in unimaginably large explosions, called supernovas. Second only to the Big Bang, the explosions are where the very essence of creation and destruction meet. Deep in the core of a massive star gold, lead, oxygen, and every other complex element, is created. When the star’s nuclear furnace runs empty these vital materials are hurled across space, creating all the planets, plants and oceans we see today. Supernovas even made us, right down to the iron in our blood. Only now have we begun to understand how these wonders in our sky work — and what they can teach us about the origins of the universe and ultimately, its future.


Info about the Product:


  1. Discovery Channel website
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  2. TC says:

    Greatest story ever told . . . hmmm . . . . I though these were theories which remain under debate?! I mean, they can’t even fit gravity into their models, yet here we are; firmly tied by gravity.

    • Andrius T. neutrino says:

      Thanks for the comment. Yeah most of the theories in this documentary are under debate. But then again, almost everything in modern physics is under debate and that’s what drives science forward. But I see what you’re saying, some science documentaries go a little too far with speculations. 🙂

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