The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved

The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved

From the planets to the stars and out to the edge of the unknown, history and science collide in this epic exploration of the Universe and its mysteries. It's a very old universe. Yet just 50 years since man first ventured into outer space, the heavens are yielding their greatest secrets. Robotic rovers give us eyes on the red rock of Mars--NASA probes slam into comets at hyper speed--deep-space telescopes capture violent images of the birth of stars and their collapse into black holes. All have significantly changed the way we see ourselves. We wonder, is there anywhere else out there that that can support life? Using cutting-edge computer graphics, this series brings the universe down to earth to show what life would be like on other planets, and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres. Episodes examine how discoveries were made and the scientists and explorers who dared to venture into the uncharted territory of the universe. (Source:

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Prev: 9x06 -- Roman Engineering (May/23/2015)

Do Rome's ancient monuments have secret connections to the Sun? New archaeological evidence, confirmed by NASA data and recreated in state-of-the-art virtual reality, suggests that early Roman emperors mastered architecture and astronomy to make the Sun create strange special effects for reasons both political and personal. One set up an obelisk and altar that blocked the Sun on the anniversary of Julius Caesar's murder, another built a domed room that bathed him in sunlight on certain days, and the Emperor Hadrian designed the Pantheon to mark cosmic events like equinoxes, and turned the central "oculus" of the temple dome into his own personal spotlight, but for what nefarious purposes?

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Reviews: 1
It's a beautifull tv showRating: 6 likes, 0 dislikes


It's been a long time since I got that interested in a T.V show.
Suddenly,when you watch that show about our universe and all the planets out there,you start to understand how small we really are... Read more

Review posted on Tuesday, August 21st 2007 at 8:47 pm


Reviews: 1
Rating: 3 likes, 0 dislikes

I've been watching this docu-series since it started.
I've enjoyed it because they explain everything so the ordinary man can understand what they are saying, I learned a lot. Read more

Review posted on Thursday, March 6th 2008 at 9:37 pm


Reviews: 2
its realy not that goodRating: 2 likes, 1 dislikes

i have been watching this serie from episode 1 and i personal think this show does not have to offer mutch there are a lot of shows aboud topic and this one is clearly not the best in every episode the show gets realy boring afther 20min. Read more

Review posted on Wednesday, December 5th 2007 at 7:48 pm

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