The Universe

The Universe

Ratings: 7.46/10 from 46 users.

The Universe - Season 1The sky and outer space have fascinated man for centuries and the History Channel's series The Universe is the story of man's study of the cosmos from his earliest attempts to map and understand the heavens through modern day scientific studies, advances, and theories.

A mix of historical footage, modern space imaging, and conceptual computer graphics presented in high-definition, the visual component of this production is absolutely breathtaking. Each of the episodes begins with a general introduction of subjects ranging from the sun to individual planets, alien galaxies, the search for extra-terrestrial life, and scientific theories like the Big Bang.

Each topic is then broken down into a series of segments that detail specific ideas, theories, or components integral to the understanding of the main topic as well as historical material, current studies and theories, and projections of potential future events and scientific advances.

The episodes also cover a 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.

We once considered ourselves to be at the center of the universe - now we know that we are just a small speck in a giant cosmos. The Universe ventures outside of our solar system in another epic exploration of the universe and its mysteries. Discover "alcohol clouds," which are filled with organic molecules, and learn about a hypothetical planet that may exist beyond Neptune.

Using stunning HD graphics, The Universe transport viewers past the wonders of our own solar system and out to the bizarre far-flung reaches of the cosmos. From death stars to ringed planets, star clusters to space wars, The Universe uses new discoveries and more advanced CGI to help explain the mysteries of outer space.

From wormholes to transporters, examine which elements from popular sci-fi movies could really exist; and discover how the universe is awash in all sorts of strange liquids, from oceans of methane to blobs of alcohol floating in space, and even iron rain.

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38 Comments / User Reviews

  1. hermassi raghd

    If the Perfect Sun Storm that happened in 1859 didn't do much of a damage, imagine what damage it could cause if it happens tomorrow ?
    it's definitively scary and it get even scarier when you realize that electric blackouts do not only last for days or weeks, they can actually last up to TEN YEARS !By then, we will find ourselves experiencing the Stone Age once again.

  2. gingerdan1

    He should have brought some longer legs and some form of acting abilities too.

  3. Brian Betty Jean Snyder

    Ah snap! copywrite grounds. I don't want to copy, just watch. grrrr

  4. jan sr sr

    go hide in a cave..... what a scientific way out.....

  5. Tara Haghighi

    wow, it MUST be great to see, i'll see it ASAP :-D

  6. Camilla Spamilla Bla

    How old is this doc? Or at least the first part. I really like it but am starting to wonder what I've missed since they started this series.

  7. ObamaATL

    This is some good stuff... Unfotunately I have to go online to see this cause History channel is showing those idiotic "reality" shows these days that have nothing to do with history....

    1. rick carson

      Thank you i use to love the history channel now its all monster quest and how the states got their shapes.

    2. James Colwell

      you just saw south park new episode and are trying to use there joke here...

    3. Brandon Cooper

      plz read the date of ObamaATLs comment." just saw" doesnt work!!!! EPIC FAIL Dude

    4. BeardHero420

      Since you've commented, South Park has torn them a new one. When you're right, you're crazy right.

  8. Octo Seven

    Ares is the Greek god of war, the documentary was right to name Mars for the Roman equivalent, the text 'correction' is wrong.

  9. kelamuni

    good series, though the comment near the beginning, 'in our solar system the sun is the largest star,' caught me off guard and made me smile.

  10. Insight

    Really great job !

  11. Yousry

    very good site

  12. pcarr92153

    Superb start to the season, getting on with the next right now. Many thanks

  13. mu

    @hayk Amirbekyan:

    We know that our solar system is formed from the remnants of a super nova because we have elements heavier than iron (such as gold, uranium, osmium, silver, ...) around. Nuclear fusion releases energy until you start trying to fuse iron, producing elements heavier than iron requires energy rather than producing energy. So, everything heavier than iron requires a super nova to produce it.

    The outer planets are mostly hydrogen and other light elements whereas the inner planets are mostly rock, iron, and other heavy things. The solar wind from the sun tends to push light elements to the outer solar system as would a super nova. I don't think you have "chunks" of anything after a super nova, you have plasma and atomic gasses which sort themselves from heaviest to lightest: make yourself a pile of rocks, sand, and dust then blow on it and see where the heavy "chunks" end up.

    1. Caito Jones

      What if Tom Cruise and the aliens brought the heavy elements here? Ever think of that?

    2. Josh Hubbard

      I hope you're joking...

  14. Vlatko

    Thanks @SimonTheSorcerer. I'm in the process of fixing them all.

  15. Charles B.

    Oooo! This looks like a good series too. So many docs, so little time! I wish I could remember all the series and docs I told myself "I'm going to watch this when I have time!"

  16. SimonTheSorcerer

    @Vlatko this one and season 2 are dead the links do not work only season 3

  17. hayk Amirbekyan

    Hear them subtly implying a catastrophe in 2012 without even acknowledging the already present superstitions about 2012?
    Something fishy about that. It's the history Channel.

    Also, in part 1, they explain that the formation of the planets and our star is the aftermath of the explosion of a supernova...
    I'm far from an expert in astronomy, but my instinct tells me that if the heavenly objects in our solar system were formed by gravity from the cosmic dust of a supernova, our solar system would have formed in a much more geometric manner, with a clear pattern of evident matter clumping.
    It also doesn't make sense that mercury, Venus, Earth, and Mars, planets that are relatively small in comparison to Jupiter, Neptune, Saturn and Uranus, are located closest to the sun. You would expect post supernova matter to accumulate in the biggest chunks at the original point of explosion, NOT at the outward reaches of space.

  18. Richie

    he repeats himself too much in these docs.

  19. daddydee29

    i only got to part 2 about the moon and it don't show no more plz help i'm die ing to see the rest

  20. Adan

    2012 is projected to have possibly the strongest solar storms?

    Damn those Mayan astronomers, the Spaniards should have got more info before slaughtering them.

  21. Andrew C

    Good series, explains important topics without the viewer understanding complex astronomy or geology. However, it definitely helps.

    This is a large compilation so be prepared to spend a few sessions watching them.

    God I love space documentaries... I could go on for hours about how I perceive the universe.

  22. ez2b12

    @ Greywall

    I never thought of it like that but, your right I think. Cool that we all agree on something, huh. Actually, perhaps we all agree on a lot but, it's no fun to agree about something. If you'll notice when people agree they post about three times or so at the most. One makes the assertion and then the other says something like, "I totally agree." then the first guy may thank them for their agreement and that's that.

    But when we disagree wow, we have over 500 posts on the doc. about creationism. I would venture a guess that i have posted about twenty times their and others have posted even more. Yes it does get a little repetitive on that particular thread but you know what I mean, I hope. Part of it is that it takes longer to disagree, more words to explain yourself I mean. But it is also human nature to spend more time on the negative than the positive, in my experience. Kind of sad when you look at it like that.

  23. Greywall

    Perhaps that's the only ONE POINT whereupon all the visitors of this website totall agree... "Vlatko is really cool, he rulez" no doubt...

  24. ez2b12

    Yep he is the owner and a really cool guy. You'll get to know him some if you stick around. he stays pretty nuetral but does post from time to time.He goes out and gets these docs together and lets us ramble on and on all for free, that rules.This was a great collection to put up Vlatko, thanks.I think I like the astronomy/physics stuff the best, well maybe Richard dawkins stuff ties with it. Yeah i would say it definetly does, more Dawkins please. we get really good comment sections going on almost all of the docs by Dawkins.Plus i grew up with the guy and he is the best, very comforting to me to hear his voice it seems.

  25. Olu

    Who is this awesome Vlatko that is on everybody's lips in this media. Is he the owner of this site? If so, I love you Vlatko! Your site is awesome!

  26. ez2b12

    I have one concerning Hawkins new book and wether it truly shows evidence that will have a sugnificant impact on peoples faith in a creator. It goes into string theory and M theory very litely but spend most of its time disscussing the impact on religouse faith. If you don't mind I'll post it as well. In the past i have always just posted them and let you moderate wether they get through or not but I guess i could just ask, huh.Can i post it?

  27. ez2b12

    @ Eric, I hope Vlatko doesn't mind. I would like to get those links. I have several seasons down loaded from bit torrent but I don't think i have three or four.Can he post the link Vlatko- P L E A S E.

  28. Eric

    Vlatko, im not sure if i can put any links here but i have a link to the season 2, 3 and 4.
    This is a great serie.

    Keep me in touch.

  29. mugen

    i could onli watch up to ep10 :(
    really good that there is a bunch of info in 1 series of docs. also only season 1 so maybe more??

    1. Vlatko

      @mugen - YouTube allows embedding only the first 50 clips from a playlist. To see the complete playlist (74 clips) click on the link above the player.

      @Eric and @ez2b12 - The other seasons are coming up very soon.

      @ez2b12 - you can post the link to the book. You don't have to ask about that. I'll approve it. I always approve links to good stuff.

      @Everyone - Thanks a lot.

  30. Calin

    Vlatko, this is an amazing find!!

  31. Blackwatch

    Best series, hope it continues!