The Planets

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Science Documentary hosted by Samuel West and published by BBC in 2000 - English narration

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While watching The Planets, be prepared to fight your way past all kinds of computer animation which makes Walking with Dinosaurs seem like the last word in realism. It seems that no solar or planetary event which ever happened (or which may or may not have happened) is worthy of mention here without recourse to lovingly detailed shots of implausible-looking collisions and explosions. These come complete with sound effects, despite the fact that there is no sound in the vacuum of space, and are enhanced by a range of colours, some of which are visible only to bees. Somehow Patrick Moore's The Sky at Night manages to convey just as much excitement with little more than a couple of diagrams and the presenter's hyperactive enthusiasm. Fortunately, this two-DVD set is redeemed by both its subject matter and its sheer scope, offering all eight 50-minute episodes of the 1999 documentary series covering the history of the solar system and humanity's age-old desire to learn its secrets. Detailed indexing and scene access makes this a convenient reference source too, so amateur astronomers everywhere can finally bin those off-air VHS copies.

Contains all eight episodes from the series:- 'Different Worlds', 'Moon', 'Terra Firma', 'Giants', 'Star', 'Atmosphere', 'Destiny' and 'Life'.

[edit] Different Worlds

From out of nowhere, through the swirling fog, a world the size of the Earth's moon looms into view. Its surface is glowing with lakes of bubbling lava, and a torrent of impacting meteorites sends white-hot rock spraying high up into its wispy jacket of sulphur-green clouds.

[edit] Moon

The little known story of our quest to understand the origins of the Moon. Neil Armstrong's "giant leap for mankind" began a scientific journey of discovery that lead to one of the most startling conclusions in the history of astronomy. The Moon was born from Earth.

[edit] Terra Firma

Do other worlds tremble and heave with geological life? On Mars, we found a volcano to dwarf Mount Everest. On the moons of the giants our understanding of volcanoes was changed forever.

[edit] Giants

Far beyond the inner planets of rock and iron lie the gas giants. Discover the most distant and alien worlds in our Solar System and the moment of genius that allowed scientists to explore them.

[edit] Star

Travel to heart of the Sun, our star, a cauldron of superheated gases that writhe and contort along immense magnetic field lines. Discover how even life itself is forged in the heart of stars. We are made of stardust.

[edit] Atmosphere

Discover the weird and wonderful weather systems found throughout the solar system. Explore the distant moon of Saturn that scientists hold most hope of finding weather similar to Earth's.

[edit] Life

Is life on Earth a solitary and miraculous event, or a natural consequence of planet building? Life may have gained its first foothold on Mars and seeded on Earth by a meteorite. We may be descended from Martians.

[edit] Beyond the Sun

Explore the evolution of the planets over the next four billion years, as Mars warms up, Mercury, Venus and even Earth go into meltdown and the gas giants slowly blow away. Take a trip outside our solar system, where there are now more known planets than within it.

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Image: Planets_Screen0.jpg

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  • Video Codec: DivX5.11
  • Video Bitrate: 1798 kb/s
  • Video Resolution: 656x384
  • Video Aspect Ratio: (1.71:1) [=41:24]
  • Audio Codec: AC3
  • Audio BitRate: 192 kb/s fs48000 Hz
  • Audio Channels: 2
  • RunTime Per Part: ~50 minutes
  • Number Of Parts: 8
  • Part Size: ~700Mb
  • Ripped by Section8

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