Our Place in the Universe
In Episode 3, we complete the puzzle of our ancient skies, collecting the missing pieces required for an accurate model of our universe. We break through the spheres that defined our skies for millennia, abandon the long-held idea of circular orbits, discover new neighbors in our solar system, and begin to comprehend the enormity of our ever-growing universe.
Discover how centuries of knowledge, experimentation and engineering helped our ancestors understand the mysteries of space. Expert contributors decode astronomical myths and uncover the science behind their origins..
Ancient Skies Episodes
Ancient Skies Extras
S1 Ep3 | 30s
A cast of scientific pioneers reshape our solar system.
S1 Ep3 | 2m 56s
Georges Lemaître proposes that the universe is expanding.
S1 Ep3 | 2m 9s
Take a closer look at John Harrison's Marine Chronometer.
S1 Ep3 | 2m 16s
Astronomer Tycho Brahe overturns 1,500 years of scientific belief.
S1 Ep3 | 2m 4s
Hear Jules Verne's story of a cannon shot to the moon.
S1 Ep2 | 30s
Episode two charts our efforts to give the earth shape and place in the cosmos.
S1 Ep2 | 2m 38s
Take an in depth look at the celestial bodies discovered by Galileo.
S1 Ep2 | 1m 52s
Explore the Greek myth of Odysseus.
S1 Ep2 | 1m 58s
Explore Ptolemy's earth-centered model of the cosmos.
S1 Ep1 | 30s
Explore the earliest origins of our relationship with the skies.
S1 Ep1 | 2m 3s
Astronomer Phil Plait explains how ancient civilizations aligned their buildings.
S1 Ep1 | 3m 5s
Ancient Skies recounts the Ancient Greek myth of Icarus through detailed animation.
S1 Ep1 | 1m 45s
Get a glimpse into the world's oldest complete creation story through animation.
Discover how centuries of knowledge helped us understand the mysteries of space.