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The series The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved will explore different theories about how the universe was created. They will look at different ideas about how the planets came to be and explore the possibility and likelihood of life existing on other planets.

Saturdays 10:00 PM et/pt on H2
9 Seasons, 88 Episodes
May 29, 2007
Documentary & Biography, Kids & Family
8.8/10
Cast: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko
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The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved Full Episode Guide

  • Many believe that the celestial movement of the Sun, planets and moon gives us the blueprint for life, and governs our future. From Roman emperors, to kings and queens, to modern politicians, knowledgeable and powerful people have consulted an ancient system of predicting terrestrial events from celestial observations. But is there proof that this system of tracking astronomical phenomena can actually predict our future?

  • Hell fires, endless winters, or a planet wracked by earthquakes are a few versions of Armageddon visualized by the Vikings, Aztecs, and the rest of our ancient ancestors. But which does modern science think will be closest to the truth? Celestial phenomena--the aging of our sun, the expansion of our universe, and other potentially cataclysmic events--could trigger the kind of Armageddon the ancients feared. Which ancient prophecy do scientists believe actually foretells our doom? And how close are we to the end of the world?

  • Could the strange shapes of the universe solve the mysteries that have haunted mankind since ancient times? Is the eye of God peering at us from the heavens? What is the strange hexagon at the pole of Saturn, or the face on the Moon? Each shape tells its own story of an object's origin, and how physical forces shaped the Universe, and each is a chapter in the greater saga of existence.

  • To our ancestors, the appearance of certain astronomical events meant something big and something bad was coming. They were portends of death, plague, famine, or war. But what were they really seeing? And how did fear of these objects in the sky actually change the course of history?

  • Discovering the astronomical reality behind the Star of Bethlehem using the many theories proposed throughout history.

  • Astronomers, archeologists and biblical scholars investigate the possible science behind the myth of Sodom and Gomorrah.

  • Experts attempt to solve some of the mysteries surrounding the pyramids, including the reasons why they were built, and the reasons behind where they were built.

  • A look at the structure in Southern England formed out of huge rocks.

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