by Matthew Brown and National Geographic
National Geographic Channel brings you a new series that goes to the farthest reaches of space.
f we could venture
out to the very
edge of our universe, what would we see? Where does the universe end? And how will the universe end? With four new specials
, National Geographic Channel's Space Week
offers an epic voyage
across the cosmos
. It illustrates
the birth of stars, life on other planets, terrifying black holes
, and the ultimate
fate of the universe. Using the most advanced
digital image programs, the series displays
the environment found outside of our planet in,
The program "Death of the Universe" looks carefully at three theories about how the universe will end. The theories put the demise
some 50 billion years from now, so you don't have to worry too much at the moment
. Still, the destruction sounds absolutely nightmarish
, scientists thought that the universe would end in a "Big Crunch
," where the universe retracts
back to its original size. Picture
a balloon losing its air. However, now astronomers
have different ideas that are based on two things that exist in space: dark energy
and dark matter
. One theory says that these opposing
forces will rip
the universe apart
, atom by atom. Another theory says that the universe will keep on
expanding until stars gradually fade
and the universe is cold and lifeless
. Luckily, none of us will be around to find out
which theory is correct.
A more peaceful journey through space is provided
in "Journey to the Edge of the Universe." The program uses a single, unbroken
shot to show what we would find if we were able to travel to the farthest reaches
of the universe. Voyage with National Geographic past Venus and Mars to a star system 90 trillion
kilometers away, passing through other galaxies
not too different from
The mysteries of space have always intrigued
people. Don't miss this chance to find out more!
1. Which of the following topics is NOT mentioned in the first paragraph?
(A) The creation of stars.
(B) The end of the universe.
(C) Alien life.
(D) The distance between planets.
2. How do the programs show stars and planets that are so far away?
(A) They use telescope
(B) They use computers to create the images.
(C) They use pictures taken from satellites
(D) They use pictures taken from spaceships.
3. Which of the following is NOT mentioned as a possible fate of the universe?
(A) The universe will get bigger and bigger until everything dies.
(B) Everything in the universe will get ripped apart.
(C) One fiery
explosion will occur.
(D) The universe will shrink
4. "Journey to the Edge of the Universe" _____.
(A) goes to a place where there are no planets
(B) goes only as far as Venus and Mars
(C) goes trillions of kilometers from Earth
(D) is about the fate of the universe