I’m obsessed with the Discovery Channel’s “How the Universe Works,” because I’m convinced its the new Planet Earth, except its completely CGI based. As I was watching, I was amazed at how computers have been instrumental to our understanding of the universe through their mathematical prowess and probability comprehension. It’s so “easy” to recreate the formation of a planet through CGI because of programming such as particle simulations, so it’s very appropriate that Discovery decided to utilize CGI as the show’s main content.
As a whole, the animators do a “stellar” job of creating supernovas and black holes. Pun intended. And paired with the narrator’s suspenseful tone and dramatic music, you’ll be left quaking in your boots thinking of all the 4 billion ways our Earth could be meet its end. But you’ll also learn some reassuring things, like how Jupiter protects us from being hit by comets, and Earth has a magnetic field that protects us from sun farts. True story.
To get a taste of some of the cool things you’ll learn, check out this Cracked article: “The 6 Most Mind-Blowing Things Ever Discovered in Space.”