Hidden Universe

Synopsis: An extraordinary journey deep into space offering fresh insight into the origins and evolution of the universe.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Russell Scott
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This is home.

Our very own

corner of the universe.

But stand here on the

surface of Earth and look up.

Hidden out here, in the

limitless reaches of space,

is the story of our past,

present, and future.

For centuries, astronomers

from every corner of the world

have striven to unlock

secrets of the universe.

This is Dr. Jonathan Whitmore,

and I suppose you could say

that he's always

had stars in his eyes.

I have

two great loves in life.

Music and astronomy.

As a kid I dreamt of playing

piano at Carnegie Hall one day,

then flying to some distant

mountaintop to stargaze the next.

But Carnegie Hall

will have to wait,

because I got hooked on

astronomy in a big way.

My very first

glimpse through a telescope

showed that even our closest

neighbors are stunning.

When I saw the moon,

I felt that I could almost

reach out and touch it.

Saturn has her amazing rings

that circle the planet.

The rings alone are

20 times wider than the Earth,

but in some places,

are only 10 meters thick.

And there's Jupiter.

The stormy gas giant.

We have one moon.

At last count,

she had more than 67.

But for me, the most

beautiful object in the sky

is the thing

we're all bound to.

The thing that gives us

warmth and life itself.

The sun.

Our sun is a star,

just like all the other stars

we see in the night sky.

When I found that out,

my mind was made up.

Jonathan's decision

to become an astronomer

led him halfway

around the world,

to one of the highest and

driest places on the planet.

Chile's Atacama

Desert is his launch pad

for a trip to

the edge of the universe.

When people find

out that I'm an astronomer,

they always ask me to point out

what I observe in the night sky.

And the truth is, I can't,

because the things I

study are so far away,

you can't see

them with human eyes.

That's what

I love about science.

It challenges our boundaries

and constantly pushes us forward.

Take Mars, for example.

Not long ago, we thought of it as

just a pale, red dot in the night sky.

Now we can see it in

extraordinary detail.

Starting in 1997,

the Mars Global

Surveyor mapped

the entire surface

of Mars so precisely,

that we could see detail

down to a mile in size.

It revealed huge canyons,

10 times longer

than the Grand Canyon,

and volcanoes three times

taller than Mount Everest.

More recently, NASA sent

the Mars rover, Curiosity.

It's a mobile lab that is

scouring the landscape

for water and

interesting samples.

And from orbit, we are mapping

Mars with incredible precision.

We can now see rocks on the Martian

surface that are barely a foot wide.

These images

of the surface of Mars

aren't some special effect

created for the next

Hollywood sci-fi epic.

This is the real thing.

These images were

taken using HiRISE,

the largest telescope ever

carried on a deep-space mission,

aboard the Mars

Reconnaissance Orbiter.

If you've ever

dreamt of living on Mars,

just come to

the Atacama Desert,

and you'll be amazed by how similar

it is to the Martian landscape.

In the middle of one of

the world's most arid deserts,

the team at ESO have constructed

a place that's full of life.

This is where we live.

In fact, if we ever

colonize another planet,

this might be the kind of

biosphere that we build there.

Sheltered from the

extreme conditions outside,

you'll find an oasis,

with all the comforts of home.

A swimming pool,

a library, a restaurant,

and even a music room

where I can practice piano.

Astronomers from all over the

world are drawn to this place

by their passion

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Russell Scott

Russell Scott (June 30, 1921 – August 27, 2012), also known as Blinky the Clown, was an American clown and television personality and presenter who starred in a Denver, Colorado television program called Blinky's Fun Club. Having spent 41 years on television in character, Scott holds the record as longest-running television clown in history, as well as the longest running children's television host in the United States. more…

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