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The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide

The Cosmos: A Beginner's Guide is a BBC documentary series presented by Adam Hart-Davis, offering an introductory look at the world beyond us. Are we alone? How do you build a universe? How far out into space and back into time can we see? What is happening at the cutting edge of space exploration now? How dangerous is the universe? Is there another Earth? To answer these questions, Adam Hart-Davis and co-presenters take us on a journey around the planet to discover the latest thinking about the Cosmos by examining modern advances in science and cutting-edge experiments. The visit the Allen Telescope Array in Northern California, the Very Large Telescope in Chile's Atacama Desert, the giant supercollider buried 100 metres under Geneva, and many other places.

Episode 1 - Life in the Cosmos
Are we alone? Adam Hart-Davis joins alien hunters at a huge new telescope in California dedicated to receiving the first message from intelligent beings.

Episode 2 - Building the Universe
How do you build a universe? Adam Hart-Davis is 100 metres underground with the team hoping to blast their way back to the Big Bang in the world's largest experiment.

Episode 3 - Seeing the Universe
How far out into space and back into time can we see? Adam Hart-Davis travels to the Atacama Desert in Chile to visit the VLT - the Very Large Telescope.

Episode 4 - Space Exploration
What is happening at the cutting edge of space exploration now? Adam Hart-Davis investigates the dream mission to put men on Mars.

Episode 5 - Violent Universe
How dangerous is the universe? Adam Hart-Davis joins the team in the University of Leicester, hunting for the biggest bangs since the Big Bang.

Episode 6 - Other Worlds
Is there another Earth? Adam Hart-Davis is on the summit of La Palma in the Canary Islands, searching for planets around other suns.


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