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History of the Universe

  • Posted 09.28.04
  • NOVA

Explore the past, present, and future of our cosmos, stretching from the Big Bang some 10 to 20 billion years ago to the time 10100 years in the future when cosmologists predict that even black holes, the last surviving remnants of the universe as we know it, will have disappeared. Along the way, visit the era of inflation and the birth of stars and galaxies, including our own Milky Way.

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Explore, in brief, the evolution of the universe—from the Big Bang to the distant future.

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From a simulation of the Formation of Galaxies and Large Scale Structure by Michael Norman, Brian O'Shea and Greg Bryan, Grand Challenge Cosmology Consortium (GC3), and visualized by Donna Cox, Stuart Levy, Robert Patterson, NCSA/UIUC;
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STScI/AURA/NASA;
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NOVA/NASA

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