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  • Season 51
  • 19 episodes
  • Documentary
  • Science
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Episode 18: Horizon: Cosmic Dawn - The Real Moment of Creation

Summary

The scientific story behind the moment the first stars appeared in the universe, known as the Cosmic Dawn, which transformed the dark world originally created by the Big Bang. Astronomers now have the tools to explore this dramatic event that created the first ingredients of life as we know it, when the first stars were born to light up the universe. With contributions by Professor Tom Abel, Professor Volker Bromm, Charmaine Green and Margaret Whitehurst.
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Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Physics treads on the toes of metaphysics in a Horizon about creation itself, but we're not talking about the boring old big bang here. Instead, experts compile a scrapbook of the proceeding "cosmic dark age", during which the first stars coalesced to illuminate the void. "The big bang gets all the credit, but it merely set the stage," says one professor.

It's an atmospheric episode, shrouded in black backdrops and a spacey, cinematic score. In a candlelit labyrinth we meet the guys who found the most distant object currently detectable. Although it's just a pixellated blob, the fact that we're staring back in time 13 billion years is pretty cosmic in itself.

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  • Episode 18

    Horizon: Cosmic Dawn - The Real Moment of Creation

    Summary

    The scientific story behind the moment the first stars appeared in the universe, known as the Cosmic Dawn, which transformed the dark world originally created by the Big Bang. Astronomers now have the tools to explore this dramatic event that created the first ingredients of life as we know it, when the first stars were born to light up the universe. With contributions by Professor Tom Abel, Professor Volker Bromm, Charmaine Green and Margaret Whitehurst.
    Recommended

    Review

    Rating: 4 out of 5.

    Physics treads on the toes of metaphysics in a Horizon about creation itself, but we're not talking about the boring old big bang here. Instead, experts compile a scrapbook of the proceeding "cosmic dark age", during which the first stars coalesced to illuminate the void. "The big bang gets all the credit, but it merely set the stage," says one professor.

    It's an atmospheric episode, shrouded in black backdrops and a spacey, cinematic score. In a candlelit labyrinth we meet the guys who found the most distant object currently detectable. Although it's just a pixellated blob, the fact that we're staring back in time 13 billion years is pretty cosmic in itself.

    How to watch

    Loading

    Details

    Formats
    Colour

    Credits

    Cast

    rolename
    NarratorErnie Dingo

    Crew

    rolename
    EditorSteve Crabtree
    ProducerToby Macdonald

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