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Stardust

Wonders of the Universe Episode 2 of 4

In the second stop in his exploration of the wonders of the universe, Professor Brian Cox goes in search of humanity's very essence to answer the biggest questions of all: what are we? And where do we come from? This film is the story of matter - the stuff of which we are all made.

Brian reveals how our origins are entwined with the life cycle of the stars. But he begins his journey here on Earth. In Nepal, he observes a Hindu cremation. Hindu philosophy is based on an eternal cycle of creation and destruction, where the physical elements of the body are recycled on to the next stage. Brian draws a parallel with the life cycle of the stars that led to our own creation.

Next, he explains how the Earth's resources have been recycled through the ages. How every atom that makes up everything we see, was at some time a part of something else. Our world is made up of just 92 elements, and these same 92 elements are found throughout the entire universe. We are part of the universe because we are made of the same stuff as the universe.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 19 Feb 2012 19:00
BBC Two England, Northern Ireland only

Credits

Role Contributor
PresenterBrian Cox
Executive ProducerJonathan Renouf
ProducerMichael Lachmann
DirectorMichael Lachmann
Series ProducerJames Van Der Pool

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