Stephen Hawking's Universe is an astronomical documentary from 1997 made for the Public Broadcasting Service featuring the theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking. The author of the bestselling A Brief History of Time, presents here some of the most astonishing scientific advances in cosmological thought.

Interviews with renowned researchers combined with strikingly artistic cinematography set the stage for this down-to-earth production on the mysteries of our universe.

Relive the ingenuity of Ptolemy, Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo, Newton, Hubble, and Einstein in Seeing Is Believing. Despite diagnosis with ALS, Hawking completed his Ph.D., developing a theory describing the precise conditions for the Big Bang.

The history of chemistry, the periodic table, and Curie's radiation experiments in Cosmic Alchemy allowed Einstein's theory of relativity and revelations about the relationship between energy and matter. On the Dark Side delves into antimatter (proof that dark matter does exist), nutrinos, and nutrino hunters.

Thanks to radio astronomy, SETI (the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) is currently looking for alien communications in Black Holes and Beyond. Learn about quasars and the theoretical ramifications of black holes to the laws of physics.

An Answer to Everything challenges Hawking and other prominent scientists to try to resolve the mystery of how the Big Bang began. Hawking's series is easy to follow, but it doesn't skimp on scientific detail or shy away from challenging concepts. An outstanding tour of the universe!

So now is a good time to be alive I think, We may only be an advanced breed of monkey, living on this whole planet, but we are able to contemplate the universe as a whole, which makes us very special. My goal has always been simple, to work out how the universe works and why it exists at all.

Luckily there're are clues everywhere, but the most important one is right above our heads.

Examine any patch of the night's sky even one as small as the head of a pin and this is what you will find, A tiny part of the vast web of galaxies it's less them a millionth of what we can see of the cosmos from our little planet. But even this tiny sample is a enough to find the clue, the key to the past, the present and perhaps the future too.

The clue is that seen from earth all these distant galaxies are slightly red in color, they appear almost as if you were looking through rose tinted glassed. It's this that reveals how the universe was born and to show you why, I need a straight road and noisy car.