“The Universe” on the History Channel

I’m pleased to announce a new sponsor for Universe Today and Astronomy Cast: “The Universe” brought to you by the History Channel. This is a 13-week documentary series about, what else, the Universe.

The first episode starts on Tuesday, May 29 at 9:00pm (8:00pm Central), and it’s called – “Secrets of the Sun”. There’s another showing Wednesday morning at 1:00am.

Here’s the blurb about it:

It is a fireball in the sky, a bubbling, boiling, kinetic sphere of white hot plasma, exploding and erupting. Its size is almost unimaginable–one million Earths would fit within its boundaries. In this violence is born almost all the energy that makes existence on Earth possible, yet, its full mysteries are only now beginning to be understood. From Sun spots to solar eclipses, solar flares to solar storms, the birth of the sun to its potential death, discover the science and history behind this celestial object that makes life on Earth exist.

So make sure you tune in over the Summer. If you’d like more information about the show, check out their special website at: http://history.com/universe

2 Replies to ““The Universe” on the History Channel”

  1. While I agree that increasing awareness to science and astronomy is always a good thing must we really dumb-down said science to make it more appealing?

    Why must galaxies and planets be labeled as nemeses and evil twins, why do we need to think of a black hole as a “point of no return”? In short why must these celestial bodies be personalised/humanised when they are in fact lifeless balls of gas or other matter? And the biggest question, is why must nearly every event in the Universe be related back to how it may effect Earth or wipe out humanity when no-one will be left in 250 million years anyway? I mean we haven’t even made it past 1 million years of existence yet, and since we became technological masters we’ve taken leaps and bounds down the pathway of destruction in a mere 500 years..

    I just don’t see why these types of documentaries can’t appeal to the scientific interest in people, rather than their morbid curiosity. If we seek our own destruction we need not look as far away as the Andromeda Galaxy slowly lumbering towards our own. It’s just lowest common denominator history/astronomy to appeal to the dunderheads.

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