Wonders of the Solar System – It’s great!

Wonders of the Solar System, Professor Brian Cox observing a solar eclipse Eclipse in India
Wonders of the Solar System, Professor Brian Cox observing a solar eclipse Eclipse in India

Recently I have been watching all episodes of the series Wonders of the Solar System. It’s excellent! I want you to check it out! 😉

It explores the wonders of our solar system (duh!), planets, gravitation, the possibility of life on other planets and much much more. What makes this series stand out from the many other documentaries that I have watched is that the host of the show, Professor Brian Cox, explains all the strange and wonderful happenings in a way that most of us can understand.

He explains it showing us examples and by comparing environments on our own planet, earth, to those of the other planets. This makes it much easier to relate to what might be happening in our solar system. I have picked up alot of cool info that was new to me and also got reminded of stuff that I have known in the past.

Professor Brian Cox drawing Saturn and the moons in the Sahara Desert. From Wonders of the Solar System.
Professor Brian Cox drawing Saturn and the moons in the Sahara Desert

Is it 2011, 13.7 billion years or no time at all?

There’s some nice footage from robots sent to other planets, well made CG and footage from varied environments on earth. The series consists of two discs originally containing five episodes of “Wonders…” but I actually managed to get a version that included a third bonus disc. I must say, this third disc blew my mind.

Cox dwells deeper into gravity and how it affects us in one of the episodes but he also explains all the different theories of time, what makes it tick, not tick and Einsteins theory of spacetime. This last part was actually one of my favourites, mind boggling but still I liked that there were some opinions very similar to my own.

I don’t believe time started with the big bang mainly because that I think that time is something created by us. We need to believe that we are in control, or that we know or atleast have a fixed point to hold on to. There are so many different ways to count time, especially if you’re religious. Nevertheless the discussions brought up in this episode are very interesting!

I found some editions of the DVD and BluRay bundle on Play.com, check it out. Oh and by the way, there’s a follow up airing on BBC, Wonders of the Universe, which I haven’t seen yet, but if it is of the same quality I can’t wait to see it!

Need more? Here’s a trailer of “Wonders…”:

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