Space Documentaries

Space and the Universe have fascinated humans for thousands of years. Being awestruck by what lies beyond our home planet has been one of the most important driving forces behind our species’ technological advancement.

Yet, despite all that we have achieved, there is still much to be learned from the universe at large. Whilst you could pursue a career in astrophysics or astronomy to find out, luckily we also have a plethora of easy-to-digest documentaries that give us an insight, as laymen, into our current understanding of what exists beyond Earth.

In the following article I will present 5 of the Best Space Documentaries, Top 10  Space Documentaries selling by Amazon, and The Professor Brian Cox’s Movies – which I simply adore! It’s very important if you like some space documentary and you don’t find it here – please share it with us. Live a comment and I will add it in the list. Thank you!

5 of the Best Space Documentaries You Need to Watch


Space Documentaries1. “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey”

Hosted and narrated by the great Neil deGrasse Tyson, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is effectively a homage to the 1980s masterpiece with Carl Sagan. In fact, Neil often quotes Carl Sagan as one of his greatest inspiration for pursuing his career in Astrophysics.

This sequel-of-sorts is also split into 13 episodes and features updated graphics and information to bring it up to current science and discoveries. It, like the original, is another must-see documentary on space and offers a great fresh look into the void.

You won’t regret binge-watching this one.

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2. “Through the Wormhole” with Morgan Freeman

Through the Wormhole” is awesome simply by the fact it is narrated by none other than Morgan Freeman. But, it also happens to be a great documentary that explores some of the deepest mysteries of existence.

It attempts to answer things like:

– What was there before the beginning?

– Are we really alone?

– Is there a creator?

The documentary brings together the brightest minds and best ideas from the very edges of science – Astrophysics, Astrobiology, Quantum Mechanics, String Theory, and more. It is absolutely fascinating to watch.

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3. “Into the Universe” with Stephen Hawking

If a documentary includes the much-missed Stephen Hawking, it must be a good one, right? Frankly, if you want to hear the views of anyone on the subject of space, you can’t really go wrong with one of the most acclaimed scientists of all time.

The 2010 TV mini-series was written by Stephen and featurealiens, time travel, and the story of everything, with incredible graphics and interesting explanations from the theoretical physicist and cosmologist.

This documentary series has everything you’ll ever need, in one neat package. Add this to your to-watch list ASAP.

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4.The Farthest – Voyager in Space

It is one of humankind’s greatest achievements. More than 12 billion miles away a tiny spaceship is leaving our Solar System and entering the void of deep space – the first human-made object ever to do so.

Launched in 1977, NASA’s epic Voyager missions revolutionized our understanding of Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and their spectacular moons and rings. In 2012, Voyager 1 left our solar system and ushered humanity into the interstellar age.

This tells a truly amazing story of the Voyager spacecrafts, but I love it most because of all the many people who worked on this. It’s the best of humanity, not through heroics, but through normal people being curious and creative and passionate and inspired. It shows people don’t have to be special superhero outliers who sacrifice everything. Normal people with normal lives (and Carl Sagan) went to their usual jobs and worked on this as an ongoing project, but they also loved it.

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5.Space’s Deepest Secrets

A few generations ago traveling to the Moon was hard to imagine, and beyond the Moon – a pipe dream. Today there is a new breed of explorer, tasked with going deep into space to unlock and reveal first-ever views of alien worlds and cosmic bodies far beyond anyone’s imagination. SPACE’S DEEPEST SECRETS shares the stories of the men and women who pushed their ingenuity and curiosity beyond the limits to uncover some of the most groundbreaking findings in the history of space exploration.


The Professor Brian Cox’s Movies –  One of the Kind

Imagine time of free and unlimited information, a time of unprecedented progression in astronomical discoveries. In fact, you do not need to imagine it because we live right in this moment. The world never knew so much about the Universe as we now.

The Universe is a world different from all that we know and as most of us are more receptive visually by nature, documentaries are one of the best ways of getting  and understanding of this little complex matter. The good news is that there are many! And they are all fascinating and interesting and has a lot to learn from each of them. I admit that I have seen many of all Space Documentaries  that are made and here I want to share my favorite-  the movies of Professor Brian Cox.

Space DocumentariesWhen this man speaks about physics and astronomy, he seems to be speaking about his great love in life. Within minutes, his passion will infect you and you will forget about everything conquered by its unique appearance. And because everything that comes from him comes from his heart, he can easily explain in plain language the complex processes and interactions in the Universe so that a little child could understand them. Prof.Brian Cox will tour the entire planet to find the exact spot from which to explain something seemingly very complex just because from there you will understand it much easier , will board a special plane that falls freely in the air to show the effect of lack of gravity, or will undergo several G-force to be clear what it is if you are on Jupiter. But who is Brian Cox?

Is a particle physicist and professor at the University of Manchester. He is also a member of the team on the ATLAS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), CERN in Geneva, Switzerland.

In a previous career he was the keyboardist in the synthpop dance band ‘D:Ream’ who performed at the 1997 victory party of the New Labour at the Royal Festival Hall, London, England.

He was awarded the OBE (Officer of the Order of the British Empire) in the 2010 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for his services to Science. He is the Professor of Particle Physics and Royal Society University Research Fellow at the University of Manchester in Manchester, England.

I’m more than sure that you’ll love the movies. I believe  that you won’t  watch them only once. The documentaries of prof. Brian Cox are a unique interactive learning tool which is good to own. Lift yourself, your child or a friend one step up in the awareness of our place in the Universe.

Space Documentaries
My personal collection of prof. Cox’s documentaries

Space DocumentariesThe  “Collection of Wonders ”  along  with “Human Universe” are masterpieces. I adore them! They contributed my love to Universe to get a new,  higher dimension. One of the Best Space Documentaries I have ever seen. The  Collection of Wonders  includes:

  • Wonders of the Solar System
  • Wonders of the Universe
  • Wonders of Life

Each of them has several one-hour episodes on various topics. Click on the link to find more information about the episodes in each collection.

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I highly recommend the documentary  “Human Universe”. Here prof. Brian Cox speaks about the long way from the beginning of the human being until now in five episodes:

  • Apeman- Spaceman
  • Why We Are Here
  • Are We Alone
  • A Place in Space and Time
  • What is Our Future

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One more masterpiece of the Professor. The documentary series couples high-definition cinematography with calm and methodical narration, uncovering how some of our planet’s most beautiful sights and events are created by the underlying Forces of Nature. It follows on from Brian’s 2014 series for the BBC, Human Universe. Here are the names of the episodes:

  • The Universe in a Snowflake
  • The Moth and the Flame
  • Somewhere in Spacetime
  • The Pale Blue Dot

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ONE FAMILY, WORLDS APART
This stunningly ambitious series brings to life the most memorable events in the history of the solar system, by using groundbreaking visual effects to tell the thrilling story of all eight planets.
Transporting you to the surface of these dynamic worlds to witness the moments of high drama that shaped each one, The Planets reveals how the latest science allows us to unlock their past lives. It pieces together clues of magnificent lost waterfalls on Mars, the mass planetary migrations as they jostled for position early in their history, and even the distant fate of Saturn as one of its moons awakens to form a beautiful water world. The name of the episodes are:

  • A Moment in the Sun – The Terrestrial Planets
  • The Two Sisters – Earth & Mars
  • The Godfather – Jupiter
  • Life Beyond the Sun – Saturn
  • Into the Darkness – Ice Worlds

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Here Are THE TOP 10 Space Documentaries selling by Amazon

Secrets Of The Universe
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas Lucas (Director) - Thomas Lucas (Writer) - Thomas Lucas Productions (Producer)
Exoplanets: Thousands Of New Worlds
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Laurent Orluc (Director) - Laurent Orluc (Writer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
IC1101 - Biggest Galaxy in the Universe
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Anton Petrov (Director)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
How The Universe Works: Season 1
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Discovery Communications, Inc. (Writer)
Everything and Nothing: The Amazing Science of Empty Space
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nic Stacey (Director) - Nic Stacey (Writer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Armstrong
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Neil Armstrong, Janet Armstrong, Michael Collins (Actors)
  • David Fairhead (Director) - David Fairhead (Writer) - Gareth Dodds (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)
Cosmic Journeys
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas Lucas (Director)
Disasters in Space
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Nathan Todd Sims (Director) - Nathan Todd Sims (Producer)
Space Curiosities
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • The Universe (Actor)
  • Jennifer Athena Galatis (Producer)
The Age of Hubble
  • Amazon Prime Video (Video on Demand)
  • Thomas Lucas (Director) - Thomas Lucas (Writer) - Thomas Lucas (Producer)
  • English (Playback Language)
  • English (Subtitle)

24 Responses

  • So cool, great topic and I have yet to see anything like it. I always loved the stars. The mind boggling idea of the universe is forever. I can’t even fathom the vastness of it. Foolish to think we are the only living things in it. I spent a lot of time looking at the telescopes and remembered as a kid that i had a great deal of them as they got better and better. Sadly the older I got the less I looked at the stars. I am so glad you have such passion in the topic of the Universe. I was also extremely shocked how many of those movies I have actually sat down and watched with my wife. I am more of a geek then i thought 🙂

    • Hello James. Yes, the universe is really so vast that it is difficult for the mind to comprehend, and it would be such a waste of space if only our planet has life. Sorry to hear that you are not looking at the stars as before, they always make buzzing mind to stop for a bit and quiet down in the silence of the magnificent picture. I am glad that you have experience with telescopes today they are very modern and almost do everything by itself. Maybe you have to get back in astronomy 🙂

  • Great post! I love Brian Cox’s movies, he shows a true scientific approach and curiosity about the world and beyond.
    He blends a sensible scientific approach while also imbuing his performances with emotion. I love hearing his voice as well. It’s very soothing.
    Thanks for sharing and keep it up!

    • Yeah, very well said Ian, Brian Cox is amazing! Thank you for the comment.

  • Hey Ignat,
    Big fan of Brian Cox here, I bought Wonders of Life before and man, what he unveils is very deep. Makes you stop, stare at the sky for a second, and ask… What is my purpose? Mind blowing, it helped me shape myself and I would definitely recommend this everyone!

    • Yup,
      Absolutely agree with you Riaz! Professor Cox is treasure which people need to know! Тhe first time when I came across with his movie I started to love him.
      Thanks for comment.
      Cheers!

  • Your niche is well informative and give well explanation about the universe and well structured.

  • Hi Ignat, I was fascinated by your post, it got me thinking more about the universe. People like professor Brain Cox have made it easier for a layman to understand how the solar system and the universe in general works. I will be checking out his documentaries to find out more as I have a lot to learn when it comes to this topic. Thank you for the information.

    • Your are very welcome stella!

      The movies of prof. Brian Cox are are really masterpieces. The best way to start if you are new in the topic. And about the topic – you can’t get wrong with Astronomy. Definitely will bring only positive things in your life.

      Thanks for the comment!

  • Ignat, I have watched a number of TV shows with Brian Cox presenting. What I love about him is he takes the dryness, that so many lecturers have, out of physics . When I did civil engineering I redid a physics course I originally had done years before, just to brush up on it. My earliar professor was fascinating and had the whole class enraptured. And I aced the course.

    The second time through the subject was split into two parts with two different lecturers. The first was of the dry and boring teaching method. That course I struggled with as he was such a poor communicator. The second was like my earlier lecturer and again I aced the course to the extent my average over the two parts was pretty good.

    Lots of people hate science because they had bad communicators!

    If your physics love extends beyond the stars try watching the TV series ‘Twisting the Dragon’s Tail’. It is presented by another PhD fellow, name of Derek Muller. He is a similar presenter and I have talked to many people who say he is the first person that made physics interesting for them.

    I love watching the sky, both during the day for cloud formations and at night for everything else. We live in the country so we see a very bright night sky and, at the right times. the Aurora Australis. It is so soothing looking up and seeing all that.

    Great site and I will keep returning.

    Ciao
    Helen

    • Dear Helen,
      What you are saying is so interesting. I really like physics but have never think about going on course. Because of you now I believe it will be very exciting to join one.
      I definitely will check Deler Muller’s series, and want to thank you for giving me this information.
      Really jealous about Aurora Austalis – didn’t see the phenomenon so far, but I’m sure the future will bring it to my Life.
      Thank you for the interesting comment. Will be happy to see you again here 🙂

  • What a great site for those interested in our galaxy and the rest of the universe. I used to work in an astronomical observatory here in the UK. This would be ideal information for those visitors who wanted to know more about the night sky.
    Prof. Brian Cox is a wonderful teacher. He is always so positive and breaks the difficult and scientific content so that the young, the old and the inbetween can understand it. His knowledge is incredible.
    I often wondered if his videos were available to buy but didn’t pursue my question. But here they are for me to peruse at my leisure. Thanks for the info.

    • Thanks ches! 

      If I have to be honest, the professor ignited in me the passion about the Universe, and later on this website appear 🙂

        

  • Gosh you have obviously been infected with some of that Brian Cox amazing passion for the universe the way you are discussing these films! I was wondering, are they very easy to understand? I think my kids would enjoy learning more about the wonders of the universe, but I want them to be able to understand. They are 10 and 12. Thanks so much for sharing. Kris

    • :)))) Well, obviously I was infected with his passion, yes…

      The movies are very easy to understand and I believe your kids will like them a lot! You can start with “Wonders of Life” – it will grab them’s attention for sure, and then keep going with the other ones. 

      Thanks for the comment, Kris

  • Hello Ignat,

    Great article on movies by Brain Cox, I have watched a lot of his documentaries, and agree that he gives the impression of real passion for Phisics & Astronomy.

    He projects a positive vibe to his commentaries, that makes watching him very entertaining and informative at the same time.

    Did not realize you can get the DVD’s from Amazon; that is a good gift idea for someone who seemingly has everythiing.

    Thanks for the information,

    Have a great day!

    Chad

  • I am so glad I read your article on Brian Cox’s movies.  Waaaay back in the 60’s my brother and I were huge sci-fi fans when no one around us even had a clue.  This brings back memories and the desire to do some viewing that actually feeds my brain.  The fact that you present Brian Cox as a unique, totally immersed, kinda down-to-earth (no pun) guy encourages me to change my viewing diet this very evening!   Thanks for a complete and very organized review of his work that is available!

    • Is always a good feeling to know that I just made one more follower of Professor Brian Cox! Enjoy his work SharonRPh and thanks for the comment!

  • Great article and very good information

    I’m always been a huge “fan” of the universe, it is very fascinating how everything begun, the stars, planets, I have a telescope specially to look for the stars nd other galaxies

    I will check out these documentaries you proposed, because they explain so much

    Thanks for sharing it with us!

    • You are very welcome Emmanuel Buysse! You going to love the Professor! 

  • This is a great topic, the Universe is a big mystery. Even there are a lot of theories, with good physics explanations it is a mystery. The series from Professor Brian Cox, combine good pictures and his own rich and magical imagination for tell stories. I hope we all will enjoy them. The prices in Amazon are reachable, the collection is not expensive. I liked your post, well done.

    • Thanks Maria, once you get touched with Professor Brian Cox is for a life time! Also one of the best learning tools so far! 

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