The Universe (Search for ET)

August 28, 2007

The new episode of The Universe for this Tuesday is “Search for ET.” Here’s a preview…

In a galaxy filled with a billion stars, in a universe filled with a hundred billion galaxies–are we alone? SETI–the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence–is a privately funded project using radio telescopes and optical telescopes to scan the stars for signals. NASA is planning missions to Mars, Jupiter’s sixth moon, Europa, and Saturn’s largest moon, Titan, to look for primitive, microbial life in ice concentrations. Whether we discover primitive or intelligent life, how will that knowledge impact humankind’s view of itself? Cutting-edge computer graphics are used to bring the universe down to earth to show what life would be like on other planets, and to imagine what kind of life forms might evolve in alien atmospheres.

I’m pretty sure this episode won’t have much about wrinkly little aliens, kids named Eliot, or famous Hollywood directors. But it will be a good show. As we’ve said before, “check your local listings” for a show time near you. This excellent series is a rarity on television these days. You won’t be disappointed.

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