Light Years From Andromeda
Narrated by Michael Dorn
Worf of Star Trek movies and TV
|A journey between two galaxies spans human
history — and reveals the secrets of the cosmos!
|Light Years From Andromeda is a story of cosmic distances, and humanity's quest to understand the universe. Take a journey of epic proportions across space and time!
A beam of light leaves the Andromeda Galaxy and travels across the void of intergalactic space. On a planet located in a nearby galaxy, intelligent life evolves. As the light speeds across the light years, over the course of centuries, the primitives on the planet form cultures and civilizations — and begin to wonder about the universe surrounding them.
Their awareness of the night sky increases, as the beam of light draws nearer to their planet. When the light reaches the Earth, some of the descendants of the early hunters have just escaped the bonds of their world's gravity, and visited the Moon.
In modern times, scientific study of space help the planet's current inhabitants to understand the properties of light, and the ways that understanding shapes our further knowledge of the universe.
Light Years From Andromeda teaches the concepts of light speed, the light year and how astronomers use them to measure distances to some familiar celestial objects — the Moon, the Sun, the planets, nearby stars, and galaxies.
The show briefly touches on the properties of light that help determine a star's age and temperature, and gives a fascinating look at how light and distance allow us to "look back" further in time as we gaze farther into space.
Light Years from Andromeda focuses on light, with light, the concept of light speed, and the distance measurement unit of the light-year all as tools of astronomical exploration. These concepts are woven together along with historical and cultural perceptions of the sky and help relate the information presented in the show to the lives of students, families, and the general public.
Show content is relevant in the following subject areas:
Earth and Space Sciences:
- objects in the sky: Sun, Moon, stars, planets, galaxies, quasars, interstellar medium
- properties of stars
- creation of the universe (the Big Bang)
Science as a human endeavor:
- light, light speed, light-year as a measurement unit
- light as a probe of stellar properties
- early maps of the sky
- rise of scientific exploration of the universe
- missions to the Moon, solar system probes
- development of the modern science of astronomy
- early human history, cultures, and perceptions of the sky
This show adheres to principles put forth in the National Academy of Sciences' Education Standards published in 1996. For more details, visit the NAS Standards Web site.
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