Transcript: Space Probes "Age Of The Universe" | Oct 06, 2004A black opening slate reads "Age of the Universe."
Over a bright sun illuminating space with its rays, a caption reads
"Peer Gynt, Suite number 1... Morning, Edvard Grieg."
(Exhilarating epic classical music plays)
Over a view that moves through bright stars in black outer space and then
homes in on Earth and Cape Canaveral, a caption reads "It is owing to their
wonder that men at first began to philosophize about the origin of the
Over a view of a Space Shuttle launching, a caption reads "April 25, 1990...
Hubble Space Telescope is launched. Hubble will travel back in time at the
speed of light." On a black screen, Hubble is shown in the foreground, and
behind it appear some of the images it has taken of notable space cloud and
galaxy formations. A caption reads "Deep inside a cluster of hundreds of
thousands of stars" and "Hubble records images of the Universe never seen
before. White dwarfs are the oldest burned-out stars in the Milky Way."
An animation, accompanied by a timer whose single hand rotates counter-clockwise,
shows a white dwarf changing colour from white through red as it goes back
to when it was a young star. A caption reads "White Dwarfs are 13 billion
years old." A giant spiral galaxy, seen in profile, features red star clusters on a background
of green haze, and a bright white centre. A caption reads "Galaxy N.G.C. 3949."
Another shot shows a spiral galaxy head-on. A caption reads "Galaxy M.100."
Another shows a distant galaxy in profile and reads "Spiral Galaxy N.G.C. 3370."
Against a moving clip showing a composite picture of a very distant area, a
caption reads "Galaxies at various stages of evolution." An impressive shot shows
a huge cloud of matter, roughly shaped like a big bird, in pink, yellow and white,
surrounded by a green aura. A caption reads "Eagle Nebula... 7,000 light-years
from Earth." A shot of pink clouds in space, mottled with white stars, bears the
caption "Hodge 301 Tarantula Nebula." Another, featuring yellow clouds with white
centres, and looking vaguely insect-like, bears the caption "Cluster of
elliptical and spiral galaxies." A formation looking like a cross-section of
a watermelon with a bright white speck at its centre reads "Cat's Eye
Nebula." Another shot, showing a yellow dumbbell-shaped expansion bubble at
the centre of a red area is captioned "Exploding star... 8,000 light-years
from Earth." A white spiral galaxy with diffuse arms reads "N.G.C. 4414...
60 million light-years from Earth. Another area of the sky shows wispy cloud
formations in pink, yellow and green emanating from three white points. A
caption reads "Starburst Galaxy." Other galaxies in fantastic shapes and
beautiful pastel colours appear. A caption reads "Galactic Nebula N.G.C. 3603."
Over a distant area of space speckled with stars, a caption reads "Hubble brings
us closer to the origin of the Universe." Another huge galaxy appears, and the
screen fades to black.
(Theme music plays)
the end credits roll.
Executive Producer, Rudy Buttignol.
Producer Director, David Sobelman.
Production Editor, Julian Lannaman.
Footage courtesy of Johnson Space Center Jet Propulsion Lab.
Age of the Universe. TV Ontario 2004.