Doku: Wonders of the Universe

(Youtube Direkttime, via Martin)

Erster Teil der gestern gestarteten, superfaszinierenden und sehr unterhaltsamen BBC-Dokureihe Wonders of the Universe mit Astrophysiker Brian Cox, der hier eine Stunde lang Zeit in allen möglichen Facetten erklärt. Lief gestern erst auf BBC2, watch it while you can.

Die Doku beginnt ein kleines bisschen schleppend (dennoch superinteressant), wenn sie aber circa ab Minute 30 beim simulierten Sonnenaufgang unserer sterbenden Sonne als roter Riese am Horizont anlangt, oder wenn sich Cox vorstellt, wie in der weiten Zukunft Lebewesen ihre Zivilisationen um rote Zwerge bauen – die letzten verbleibenden Sterne im Universum –, dann sitzt man hier einfach nur mit dem offenen Mund davor. Toll!

In this episode, Brian seeks to understand the nature of time and its role in creating both the universe and ourselves. From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth. But even the most epic cycles of life can't begin to compare to the vast expanse of cosmic time. For instance, just as the Earth orbits the Sun, the solar system orbits the entire Milky Way galaxy. This orbit takes a staggering 250 million years to complete.

Ultimately, Brian discovers that time is not characterised by repetition but by irreversible change. From the relentless march of a glacier, to the decay of an old mining town, the ravaging effects of time are all around us. The vast universe is subject to these same laws of change. As we look out to the cosmos, we can see the story of its evolution unfold, from the death of the first stars to the birth of the youngest. This journey from birth to death will ultimately lead to the destruction not just of our planet, but also the entire universe, and with it the end of time itself.

Yet without this inevitable destruction, the universe would be without what is perhaps the greatest wonder of all; the brief moment in time in which life can exist.