Episode 3 - Hunt for the Big Bang
The Universe contains over a hundred billion galaxies, each containing a hundred billion stars or more. Where did it all come from? Scientists are now on a race to find the beginning of time and space – the Big Bang.
In this episode we follow astronomers and physicists building a new generation of telescopes, atom-smashers and supercomputers. This technology is allowing them to peer further back in time than ever before, looking to unlock the secrets of the Big Bang.
Each instrument looks a further step back in our Universe’s story. From the James Webb Space telescope being built to see the first galaxies, to the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider on Long Island where particles are smashed together to recreate the Universe before the first atoms. The final mystery is the Big Bang itself – can a telescope beneath a balloon, hanging on the edge of Earth’s atmosphere, reveal what happened in the very first moment of our Universe? Stunning CGI animation will gather clues from ongoing scientific missions around the world to help unpack the ultimate story of the cosmos.