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CGolder

Tonights Wonders of the Universe

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It was excellent!

After watching the rugby and football down the cricket club today, it was just getting dusk (7pm)...and my son spotted Orion's belt and Betelgeuse as we walked outside.

Then for him to see how stars form elements sequentially in groups, and to learn that Betelgeuse may go supernova any day - woah! He's not only learnt some good stuff for his studies, but he's hooked and will sure look up at Orion with a new interest now.

Good stuff.

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I always thought of it this way. Start off with 100 cars. After a few years they all breakdown. From those 100 cars you can slavage enough parts to make 85 new cars. After a few years they all break down and again you can salvage enough parts to make 65 new cars. And so on. Eventually though there will not be enough parts to make a single car and that will be the end!

excellent way of explaining it!:o

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Well I did fall asleep last week, I thought it was a very disappointing start to the series, perhaps it would have been better somewhere middle to end of the series instead. I missed tonight's episode because I was out imaging, but it sounds better so I will have to watch it on catch-up when I can.

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Seems that the BBC have had loads of complaints about the music being too loud. Didn't bother me.

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Some of the places he goes to to make a point are incredibly tenuous! :o

Why Brazil just to stand in an old jail before its demolition!

Lucky swine :)

Good program and well worth watching. But it does seem like one big BBC expenses scam :(:D

Best thing on telly at the moment, though.

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Enjoyed it, watched it with the girlfriend and it made her want to go out in the garden with me and my scope, so wasn't complaining as she usually waits inside:P

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i learnt so much from this one. Loved it. !!!

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I very much enjoyed it, though it could still have been fifteen minutes shorter. There's quite a bit of time spent on CGI imagery or panoramic shots with him looking wistfully into the distance that doesn't really add to the programme IMNSHO.

And I'm really not sure about the bit with the bubbles...

James

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I thought the content this week was better, I enjoyed it more anyway. I still don't understand why we need the strange and exotic locations or the long zoom to a BC face profile and the music is still too loud.

Bet I'm first to spot Betelgeuse going supernova! :o

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Bet I'm first to spot Betelgeuse going supernova! :o

It takes 600 years for the light from Betelgeuse to reach us. It could already have gone supernova and we don't know it yet!

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It takes 600 years for the light from Betelgeuse to reach us. It could already have gone supernova and we don't know it yet!

Good point

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It was very enjoyable but I'm extremely jealous of the locations they 'have' to go to to make the show understandable.

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Was a cracking programme, with a bit of a chemistry lesson thrown in too. A really good explanation as to why heavier elements are so rare.

And when i saw the photos of sunspots on betelgeuse, I was stunned! Had no idea anyone had managed that. When that star decides to go, the planet earth will have a front row seat :o

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It takes 600 years for the light from Betelgeuse to reach us. It could already have gone supernova and we don't know it yet!

Imagine the dissapointment if you set off in a space ship to Betelgeuse and it wasn't there when you got there :o

"I'm sure it's round here somewhere!"

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Apparently, BC will be going into the "vomit comet" to demonstrate Gallileo's observation that all things fall under gravity at the same rate. Was footage of the same experiment done on the Moon by Apollo 15 astronauts not deemed sexy enough?

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I don't want to get anyone's back up but I think that its fine for the BBC to spend my license fee on shooting things in interesting, exotic and visually pleasing locations sometimes. It makes the programmes different from watching the same stock footage over and over again on cheaper documentaries like you see on some other channels.

I'll get my coat.....

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It's better if the location actually reinforces the message though. Like the calendar bumps thingy in the first episode. Great location linked to the measuring the passage of time.

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It's better if the location actually reinforces the message though. Like the calendar bumps thingy in the first episode. Great location linked to the measuring the passage of time.

You're completely right. Same for the old desert town thing. When it has a purpose it's not a tenuous link.

And it's far more attractive than the UK :o

Still doesn't explain going to Brazil for the exploding jail though! lol

If he fell out of a plane he'd land in a bed of feathers. Lucky so and so.

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Don't think they actually have to go to many of the exotic locations - that's just current programme making fashion, in pursuit of the all-important viewing figures.

Perhaps we should remind ourselves that most of the target audience is probably less passionate about the subject matter than most of us on this forum, and if the makers think that some extra "flash" is necessary - maybe they are right.

Suspect that most of us here would be just as happy (if not more) with a studio-based discussion version chaired by Brian Cox (or Sir Patrick!), but it would NEVER achieve the viewing figures of the glossy WOTU.

If getting science a higher profile amongst the public requires the BBC to try and turn Brian Cox into a poster boy (and if he is prepared to put up with it), then that's fine with me. He's a pretty good communicator, and people tend to react well to presenters who have genuine enthusiasm for their subject. After all, this is REAL science being presented by a REAL scientist - you don't get a chair of physics or a job at Cerne on the basis of a 90s pop career :o

Personally, I would see both episodes so far as excellent, even if not perfect, given the time constraints. Given that the subject matter is vast, and the concepts complex we are being pretty well served in a prime(ish) time presentation.

Of course, I wouldn't mind a more detailed, deeper studio version AS WELL - weekly Sky at Night, perhaps? :(

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Mine came from HSamuel :)

Good episode, but I have to complain about one bit ...

It's pronounced Bey-tel-geu-ze :(

Not so sure about this. There appears to be no consensus on how you pronounce it :o

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What is agreed is if you say it 3 times Micheal Keaton arrives in mad make-up!

:o

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Though not a big fan of prof. brian cox, the discussion on start the week today (R4) was quite interesting. Explained how he wanted the programmes to have a cinematographic effect - and why he didn't like the idea of the music being turned down.

When he's being moderately serious he's ok (like in the Huw Wheldon Memorial Lecture) - i think its when he's trying to be a celebrity that he gets my goat...

/callump

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I thought the first episode spent too long on saying not that much - although I did like the section on entropy. Far too many "mood" shots for my taste.

The second episode however I thought was a real turn around. I'm about half way through my physics degree at the moment and I thought the section on electromagnetic spectroscopy was well explained without going into great detail.

I'm looking forward to the next two programs :o)

All the best, Andrew

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