Every atom in our bodies, on the tops of those mountains or in the food we eat was, at some time, a part of something else.
Sunday 27th March 2011, 9pm, professor Brian Cox travels from the fossils of the Burgess Shale to the sands of the oldest desert in the world to show how light holds the key to understanding the whole Universe, including our own deepest origins,.
Today we can still see the remains of that explosion a vast, expanding cloud of stellar debris called the Crab Nebula.
Brian takes a face-distorting trip in a centrifuge to explain how gravity achieves its great power.This orbit takes a staggering 250 million years to complete.Yet without this inevitable destruction, the Universe would be without what is perhaps the greatest wonder of all; the brief moment in time in which life can exist.Next, as he looks out across the Himalayas, Brian explains how the Earths resources have been recycled through the ages and how the peaks of the mountains began their lives below the seas.From an extraordinary calendar built into the landscape of Peru to the beaches of Costa Rica, Brian explores the cycles of time which define our experience of life on Earth.Buy Professor Brian Coxs tie-in book on Amazon.And he looks back across the light years to see how the Universe began.
At Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, home to the Chacoan civilisation, Brian unveils one of his favourite astronomical stories.
As we look out to the cosmos, we can see the story of its evolution unfold, from the death of the first stars to the birth of the youngest.
The vast Universe is subject to these same laws of change.
It is just a few kilometres across, but it is so dense that its gravity is 100,000 million times as strong as on Earth.
But in this new series, Brian presents a different set of answers answers provided by science and they are more beautiful and more profound than ever imagined.This film is the story of matter the stuff of which we are all made.Brian believes that physics and cosmology hold the key to the story of life, and we can only understand where we come from by looking at the life cycle of the stars.And where do we come from?Having explored the wonders of the Solar System, Professor Brian Cox steps boldly onto an even bigger stage with.