Reviewed by David Tumbarello
Middle School Teacher
In this 60–minute video from the BBC, host Professor Brian Cox leads viewers on a journey from the Sun to the distant planets, providing example after example about how geologic phenomenon on Earth compare to the same phenomena on other planets and their satellites. He introduces the middle school or high school audience to several interesting questions: Why does Jupiter's moon Io periodically squish like a tennis ball? How does Jupiter contribute to asteroids passing by the Earth? Why are we unable to see Venus' 50,000 known volcanoes? And how did the early history of the Solar System guarantee that planets would have massive interior heat that wants to escape?
For the student studying geology or a young astronomer exploring the Solar System, this video provides rich CGI animation combined with amazing graphic footage from the most scenic places on Earth to teach about “living” planets, satellites, asteroids, and the physics that controls them all.
Review posted on 4/18/2012