By Mark Winegar on Thu, 07/12/2012
Part 1: The Mystery of the Milky Way (52:55)
You expect great programming from PBS & NOVA and that's what exactly they deliver in this first of a two-part series on the state of the art in astronomy.
The cinematography is stunning on an iPhone with its abilities to display rich vibrant colors in high definition. The sound is truly superior using the built-in speaker but it blew me away when I listened through earphones. The bass of the narrators voice came through loud and clear.
And don't worry about missing any calls because your iPhone can pause and continue automatically.
This is a 400 year quest to understnad the night skies. It reveals much about our place in the cosmos and challenges our beliefs about makind's uniqueness in the universe.
The quest begins where all quests must, in the beginning. And the beginning of astronomy means Galileo and two pieces of glass that become the first telescope. Once he pointed his basic tool toward the night sky we learned our planet was not the center of the universe.
This radical new idea challenged religious doctorine and met great resistence from the Roman Catholic Church. This was the first time science challenged religion belief and science won.
Telescopes continue to reveal more truths about our solar system, the Milky Way, and the universe but you'll have to discover them by viewing the program on your own.
You can learn more by downloading the PBS app from the app store. It is available for both the iPhone and iPad. Free!
"You can learn obserive a lot just by watching." - Yogi Berra