To the ancients, the heavens were filled with awe and wonder. Looking out into space inspired fear, superstitions and the building of massive monuments like Stonehenge. Now, we examine the greatest mysteries of the past to see if they can finally be solved by modern science.
Did Roman Emperors use massive monuments to track the sun and create solar special effects? Is there any truth to the ancient practice of astrology? Can astronomy explain the bad omens that terrified our ancestors? Does science support the ancient visions of Armageddon? Is there really a face on Mars? Are ancient Greek theories about alien planets now being confirmed by the Kepler Space Telescope?
The truth is up there, hidden among the stars, in a place we call The Universe.
Runtime: 60 minutes
The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved - Through Distant Worlds and Times - Netflix
Through Distant Worlds and Times or Through Distant Worlds and Times: Letters from a Wayfarer in the Universe is a romantic scientific story written by Milutin Milanković, the Serbian mathematician, astronomer, geophysicist and climatologist, in the form of letters to an anonymous young woman.
The Universe: Ancient Mysteries Solved - Overview - Netflix
Between 1925 and 1928, Milanković tried his hand at popular writing with a series of magazine articles on astronomy, astronomers, and climatology. Each month for three years he wrote a letter to an imaginary friend about visiting something in the universe or journeying to the past to visit an astronomer. The letters contained a large amount of autobiographical detail. They were published in a Serbian magazine and later collected in a book, Through Distant Worlds and Times, published in Serbian and later in German. It was the best selling book of his career.
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