Origins – The Earth is Born

Today on Discovery Enterprise we present the highly acclaimed PBS documentary series “Origins” hosted and presented by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Origins is a spectacular four-part miniseries, first presented on PBS’s Nova, about the beginnings of the universe, our solar system, life on Earth, and the possibility of extraterrestrial life on other planets.

Dr. deGrasse Tyson hosted the four-part miniseries of PBS’s Nova, which made its debut in the autumn of 2004, and co-authored with Donald Goldsmith the companion volume for this series, “Origins: Fourteen Billion Years of Cosmic Evolution”. He again collaborated with Dr. Goldsmith as the narrator on the documentary 400 Years of the Telescope which premiered on PBS in April 2009.


In the series’ first episode, the Earth is Born, we are given a spectacular glimpse of the tumultuous first billion years of Earth history which was a time of continuous asteroidal and volcanic calamity.


Bombarded by asteroids and comets, rocked by massive volcanic eruptions, and scoured by hot acid rain, the early Earth seems a highly improbable place for life to have taken root. Despite such violent beginnings, scientists have found new clues that life-giving water and oxygen appeared on our planet much earlier than previously thought.

It is not a stretch to say that Origins, amongst all other television documentaries about the evolving cosmos, offers the most breathtaking dramatic visual representation of Earth’s tumultuous history, and the clearest, step-by-step explanation of the formation of planets, the development of water and living organisms, and the forces that shape other parts of our galaxy and beyond.

Origins Part 1 – The Earth is Born

The entire series is available on DVD from Amazon.Com .

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