In some distant galaxy, far away from the Milky Way, life exists and due to shortcomings in our interstellar travel, we call it Alien Life. In pursuit of exploring the universe and understanding the concepts that shape it, we have launched numerous space missions and have always tried to inhabit the universe as a whole. For us, everything that is beyond the perception of our scientific paradigm seems too illogical but a life form living in a distant galaxy might have similar opinions about us. Netflix’s Alien Worlds tries to make sense of the most discombobulated theories with the use of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and the available scientific concepts.
Alien Worlds is a 4 part documentary with Sophie Okonedo as the host taking you on a tour of the unexplored lands. The facts provided by science are intertwined with some fictional hypothesis in order to imagine what life on other planets might look like. The series deals with exploring the concepts guiding various exoplanets in our universe and the possibility of finding life on one such planet.
The word Atlas is derived from Greek mythology and the first part deals with the exoplanets. An exoplanet is simply a planet that orbits around a star other than the Sun. 51 Pegasi, 51 Pegasi b, 55 Cancri e, etc are few exoplanets. The exoplanet Atlas is the focal point of the first part which is located at around 431 light-years / 132 parsecs away from the Sun, and it is 3.92 degrees north of the ecliptic and it is actually 2 times bigger than our mighty Sun. The gravity of Atlas is so dense that it allows the creation of a habitable atmosphere for some airborne species. The series also gives out some interesting points of understanding the dynamics of adaptability across the universe.
Next up we have the exoplanet Janus or the Saturn X! It’s an inner satellite of Saturn and was discovered by Audouin Dollfus. Janus creates semi-eclipse which are a thing of fractal beauty, as it slips in and out of the ring shadows. This exoplanet has several pentapods (a dominant life form of Janus) that allows us to conjure up some possibilities of life on Saturn X. Ants, fireflies and scorpions provide a solid foundation for having symmetric life form on Janus.
Eden is one of the 12 ‘super-habitable’ planets found by the astronomers while searching for alien life. The amazing fact about Eden is that due to twin-stars the atmosphere is extremely rich in oxygen which dictates various climatic changes similar to that on Earth. This makes the cycle of predation and reproduction a substantial possibility, which is highly recommended for a planet to support life. This part also inculcates the role of fungi in the propagation of life in various distinct environments.
The last part escalates the fictional aspect of the series but with the implementation of scientific theories. The space colonization theory comes in with a hyper-advanced species taking over the doomed exoplanet orbiting an ageing star. A star might burn out and end up sucking everything as it becomes a black hole, in order to avoid this the hyper-advanced society might end up looking for a new planet. This planet will save them from extinction and to do this they take the help of robots for the interstellar colonization.
Alien Worlds takes you away from the planet Earth whilst making you realize and appreciate the immensely enormous nature of our universe.
Alien Worlds Season 1 is streaming on Netflix.
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