Seven Wonders of the Solar System

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Empire of the Sun
In this first episode, Empire of the Sun, Brian explores the powerhouse of them all, the sun. In India he witnesses a total solar eclipse - when the link to…
Order Out of Chaos
In Order Out of Chaos, Brian reveals how beauty and order in earth's cosmic backyard was formed from nothing more than a chaotic cloud of gas. Chasing tornados in Oklahoma,…
The Thin Blue Line
In The Thin Blue Line Brian reveals how something as flimsy as an envelope of gas - an atmosphere - can create some of the most wondrous sights in the…
Dead or Alive
The worlds that surround our planet are all made of rock, but there the similarity ends. Some have a beating geological heart, others are frozen in time. In Dead or…
Aliens
In Aliens, Brian descends to the bottom of the Pacific in a submarine to witness the extraordinary life forms that survive in the cold, black waters. All life on Earth…

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