View Full Version : TV Programs on Astronomy/Cosmology

Mike Holland
2012-Jan-08, 09:20 AM
I get very frustrated with these TV programs about the Universe, because they never tell you which scenes are real photographs and which computer simulations. OK, some are obvious, but I get irritated about the rest. Does anyone else here feel the same way?

Ara Pacis
2012-Jan-09, 09:04 AM
No, I can usually tell the difference.

2012-Jan-09, 12:24 PM
Yep I also find these programmes very poor. Let's face it, you probably cannot make a TV programme on this subject which non-specialists could understand. Therefore you have to put in crap faked images or CGI to make it interesting, but those fake images or CGI are usually nothing like what it would actually look like. Then you add in shots of bearded men in front of blackboards full of hard equations. Bingo another Horizon in the can.

Personally I wish they'd give it a rest. I wish they could make programmes about say exoplanets, brown dwarfs, the structure of the galaxy...etc. There has been a huge amount learnt on these areas in the last few years, and it could really engage the public. Whereas cosmologists in front of blackboards being clever makes people wonder what is the use of it.

Bearded One
2012-Jan-12, 02:02 AM
That bugs me as well. Another thing that bugs me is when they don't show or mention time compression or expansion rates. You can't tell if a video represents an hour or 1000 years.