Journey to the edge of the universe...

We've been talking a lot about space, but what does it actually look like?

Watch the first half of this special video, first shown in IMAX cinemas. It takes you on a computer-generated journey to the farthest reaches of the visible universe, guided the whole way by Morgan Freeman.

Pause the video when you reach the furthest point (4 mins 50). How does this make you feel and why?

You might want to think about:

What did it feel like to realise each ring is 10 times bigger than the last?

And that the universe is expanding?

And that the small specks towards the end were not stars, but clusters of galaxies, each galaxy made up of billions of stars?

Add your comments on these questions below, and add some questions of your own for others to answer!

(The second half of the video goes the opposite direction - into a droplet of water. Very interesting but not space-related!)

Comments (50)

  • Hammond School logo genuine_cat | Hammond Junior School A
    18 Nov 2019

    Seeing galactic clusters as pinheads and galaxies as specks of dust which are made of billions of stars is unreal. It makes me realise how big the ever-expanding universe is and how we have only explored a teeny tiny fraction of it.
    I say teeny tiny, but still the moon-landings were a ground breaking feet for Man.

  • Braiswick Primary School succinct_leaves | Braiswick Primary School
    18 Nov 2019

    This has made me sure that there are other forms of intellegent life because of how big the universe is and how it is expanding all the while. Surely there has to be another planet hospitable for life and surely aliens could have discovered it and chosen to live there. It also made me think that the universe is infinite as if we can see that much of space, it has to be infinite. And as a question, if you do believe the universe in finite, what will the end of space look like? I also found out what a light year is, finally! I always didn't know what it was I didn't think to just search it up. Anyway, I was incredibly surprised about how big the universe really is, or, what we can see of it. And if everyone small dot is billions of stars, then there must be at least 1 quintillion stars in the whole universe, which is unbelievable. And all of those will have planets revolving around them, possibly holding life or possible to hold life for us, humans. This is really helpful and can you carry on doing posts like these. Thanks!

    P.S. Can we have more quizzes about space as I find them really helpful and fun to do.


  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg tranquil_robin | Evelyn Street Primary School | United Kingdom
    19 Nov 2019

    thats actually something to learn

  • Evelyn-Street-logo-250x250.jpg loyal_horse | Evelyn Street Primary School | United Kingdom
    19 Nov 2019

    i think it looks astonishing because like succinct_leaves there might be more life out there in are galaxy. Again like succinct_leaves there might be aliens out there in are galaxy is well. There also might be billions of planets out there what we do not know about.

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_blackberry | Noel Park Primary School
    19 Nov 2019

    To be honest, the video made me feel shocked and in awe. The end, in particular, is really difficult to think about. The thought that there is something beyond the edges of the ‘visible universe’ is really hard to get your head around. There must be something there but nobody knows what it is. In my opinion, it makes it hard to believe that there isn’t another life form out there somewhere. The universe is so humongous and we know so little about it that it blows my mind to think how much we still have to learn. I’d love to find out what’s beyond what we know is there and it changes my opinion entirely on whether the cost of space exploration is worth it. Think about what could be out there. Surely it’s worth investigating. We could, after all, find planets filled with humans just like ours. It’s hard to think of it but at the same time I can’t get it out of my head.

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg patient_parrot | Noel Park Primary School
    19 Nov 2019

    When I saw the video, I felt a mixture of curiosity and fear. It helped me to visualise the sheer size of our universe and just how small Earth is when you look at the bigger picture. That’s also quite scary because it made me feel insignificant. I did some research to find out just how big the universe is and found out that, although the exact number of galaxies is constantly changes as the universe expands, there are approximately 200 billion in the observable universe. This is both terrifying and exciting!

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg brave_grape | Noel Park Primary School
    19 Nov 2019

    The video makes me feel a little bit scared and cautious but at the same time excited. It is really hard to imagine how big the universe is because there’s nothing we can really compare it to. It makes me feel really small to see how tiny the Earth is compared to everything else that is out there. It makes me see how important space exploration is because it makes me desperate to know more about what is out there. Here on this planet, it feels massive since to travel around it would take a lot of time. We don’t even see what’s happening on the other side of our planet so until I watched this video it was hard to imagine anything bigger. But not only is the universe bigger, it is bigger than I ever imagined possible and that’s why I feel so small.

  • Noel-Park-logo-250x250.jpg easygoing_eel | Noel Park Primary School
    19 Nov 2019

    I think it really sets my mind on the future of Earth. Even though I think that space exploration probably isn’t worth the cost, I now find myself wondering what is out there beyond our solar system and even behind the visible universe. I understand why spending money to explore this is so important. There could be resources out there that are important to the future of Earth and there could even be human-like life out there somewhere. With the universe being so big, it’s hard to imagine that there isn’t another planet like ours out there somewhere. I knew from my science lessons that Earth was one of the smaller planets but it was hard to believe it without seeing it. Seeing it now in the scale of the video totally blew my mind.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School spectacular_painting | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    19 Nov 2019

    i think if you watch this video you will learn loads. 🤯🤯🤯
    that just shows you, you learn something new every day😉😉😉

  • Hammond School logo skillful_turtle | Hammond Junior School A
    19 Nov 2019

    Exploring the ever expanding space which lies after our human exploration limits has made me realise the reality thatmeans space's individually unique in sizing differences between the planets is so fascinating in so many ways. Discovering that Pluto would be a grain of salt compared to the sun (a bowling ball) was unbelievable. To believe that our planet which us as humans think to be big , discover that it would be represented as a peppercorn which blew my mind I couldn't believe what I was hearing! But the facts were true. Seeing a visual representation of galactic clusters made up of billions of stars !

  • Hammond School logo genius_flute | Hammond Junior School A
    19 Nov 2019

    This makes me feel very insignificant and disappointed, but also excited. I feel these emotions because of the sheer size of the universe, and the fact that there are countless habitable planets in the Milky Way alone, and that I will never get the chance to visit any of them. Despite this, I still see another side of it, which is that future generations and mankind as a whole would have the opportunity to become a galaxy-wide civilization and dominate the universe, raising ourselves to the height of gods. If we are in fact the only living life form in the universe, we must continue to advance and keep life in the universe from becoming extinct. The universe is simply too beautiful not to be experienced.

  • Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg persuasive_opportunity | Millbank Academy B
    19 Nov 2019

    Everyone says that the Sun is the biggest star but there are other planets called Star planets. The Sun can fit 1 billion Earths inside it. Back to the star planets, they are massive. Pluto is a dwarf planet and it is not considered to be in our solar system. The Sun gives us electricity if we use solar panels. That is why we call it the 'Solar system'.

  • Ravenscroft-logo-250x250.jpg observant_fact | Ravenscroft Primary School
    20 Nov 2019

    the universe never end cuz it will never stop exsiting

    1. Millbank-logo-250x250.jpg persuasive_opportunity | Millbank Academy B
      observant_fact's comment 20 Nov 2019

      Wait were you talking to me?

  • The Sherwood School grateful_crab | The Sherwood School | United Kingdom
    20 Nov 2019

    So does that mean as time passes by the universe is expanding and if we had a powerful enough telescope you could see into the past?

  • Ormiston-Bushfield-logo-250x250.jpg incomparable_blueberry | Ormiston Bushfield Academy A | United Kingdom
    20 Nov 2019

    If the universe is so gargantuan, it makes me wonder why astronauts haven't explored further into it yet; if people keep going on about space exploration, and with further developing technology, why couldn't we go further?

    1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_strawberry | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom
      incomparable_blueberry's comment 03 Dec 2019

      because einstein says that at the speed of light everything goes bonkers.

  • Crampton-logo-250x250.jpg inspired_petal | Crampton Primary School
    20 Nov 2019

    When I watched this video,it made me so curious to see what is further and further away.
    This video really inspired me to do research and to find out more about Space.
    I really learnt something new.I can not believe out of the whole Universe we can only see a small , tiny portion of our Universe. We can only see so little!

  • Hammond School logo eager_environment | Hammond Junior School F
    21 Nov 2019

    Learning that galaxies would be as big as specks of dust compared to the universe really changes my view of the universe

  • Hillyfield School logo stupendous_market | Hillyfield Primary Academy
    21 Nov 2019

    I think to succeed people will have to use robots to get to the edge of the universe , if we want to.

    1. Faringdon-logo-250x250.jpg methodical_strawberry | Faringdon Community College | United Kingdom
      stupendous_market's comment 03 Dec 2019

      i can guarantee we will never get to the edge of the universe. a robot would never survive that long, even if it could travel faster than the speed of light which you would need to do to catch ' the edge of the universe'. and to add on humans could never even survive to the edge of the observable universe.

  • St-Gregorys-logo-250x250.jpg assertive_apple | St Gregory's Catholic Primary School B | United Kingdom
    22 Nov 2019

    it will never end it will go on forever

  • Birchwood-logo-250x250.jpg entertaining_strawberry | Birchwood C of E Primary School | United Kingdom
    22 Nov 2019

    This video has made me remember how small we are. Humans are the most intelligent species on Earth, and we think we own the Earth. Seeing Earth and Space put into perspective makes Earth seem like a tiny speck of dust! At one point of the video it made it seem like Earth was very isolated, even lonley, then when it moved on to all of the different galaxies, it made it feel like there were many planets, like Earth, that are probably looking for other signs of life as we are. Watching this video has made me sure that alien life exists, but in our generation, we probably never will. There are so many different galaxies, and so may different planets, its hard to put together.

    Thank you for sharing this video, it has made me very curious of what there is to come in the future.

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      entertaining_strawberry's comment 22 Nov 2019

      A good example of speaking up!

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    23 Nov 2019

    This video, when it started made me feel happy because it showed the people hoola- hooping enjoying themselves in a serious sort of way but as the perspective moved further out I felt like my identity was being stripped from me. To me it is a huge reminder of how insignificant we are in this vast plain of endless wonder. When the circle became so great that galaxies were specks all I felt was wonder at how vast the universe is. Moving on, the principal that the universe is expanding and that galaxy's are moving away from one another presents a question to me: if galaxies are moving apart then how are the Milky way and the Andromeda galaxies hurtling towards each other? After doing some research, I found that dark matter surrounding the pair is stitching them together with such incredible force that they are resisting the expansion of the universe. I think this further draws a cloak of mysteriousness over dark matter.

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    24 Nov 2019

    The source of this information is:

  • Hammond School logo versatile_molecule | Hammond Junior School B
    24 Nov 2019


  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg willing_literature | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    27 Nov 2019

    What does scientists believe what going to happen to the galaxy in billons of year in 20132

  • Brompton Westbrook logo lovely_hippopotamus | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    27 Nov 2019

    Firstly i would like to say thank you for this video it made me have an open view of our amazing solar system.

    This video showed me how the Earth is a big space. When you think of Earth you visualise a big planet with lots of countries however, the more far away from Earth we were it made Earth look like a piece of glitter! It also reminded me of how big our solar system is, the Earth looked like was by itself and in the middle of a big black screen until we went further and the screen reviled the sun and other planets.

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_fossil | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    27 Nov 2019

    WOW! This video has reminded me how beautiful the Solar System is and how tiny the Earth is and thank you Tom because I thought the Solar System was tiny but now I understand how many planets and stars there are and it was amazing watching it.It makes me feel how lucky we are to be living in a beautiful planet.Watching it was lovely because it starts of with us humans and then each time it is zooming out and at one point it made me think back how tiny we are and then how tiny the Earth is and then everything is just getting smaller and also the moon when it got so far away it was fading and then it just vanished and then a few seconds later the Earth vanished in a quick of dust which is incredible.

    Thank you for sharing this video with everyone because it gives a lot more information and a lot more interesting facts and now I know a lot more information and I inspired and I want yo find more interesting facts about space. This video was outstanding. Thank you so much!

    1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
      brilliant_fossil's comment 28 Nov 2019

      I'm really glad you enjoyed it, brilliant_fossil. It's one of my favourite videos so was a pleasure to share it.

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg brilliant_fossil | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    27 Nov 2019

    I am looking foward to seeing whats in the future

  • Lyons Hall Primary School sensitive_introduction | Lyons Hall Primary School | United Kingdom
    28 Nov 2019

    This video really shows you that you may think The Earth is big, but there is really another universe surrounding us that is beyond bigger than the planet that we live on and call home. This universe is an infinite space waiting to be discovered by us.

    An excellent way of demonstrating and sharing interesting information!

  • Upton-Cross-logo-250x250.jpg compassionate_seal | Upton Cross Primary School | United Kingdom
    01 Dec 2019

    That video was very interesting and made feel that were i'm living is the best home no matter how small we are and we can go for adventures even if we're a small planet.I saw that we are very linked and that Earth is like a sweetcorn among the Milky way and Universe.Now i am very eager to find out what changes will happen next.The thing that I really enjoyed about the video is the part where it showed us big and we went smaller and smaller untill we were not to be seen.I learnt that always love your planet even if it is small.

  • Hammond School logo wonderful_skill | Hammond Junior School B
    02 Dec 2019

    The video was the best thing I've seen thanks for making it

  • Hammond School logo trustful_lemon | Hammond Junior School C
    02 Dec 2019

    Firstly, I strongly disagree with the belief that we can travel to the end of the universe for the universe is endless, it does not come to an end.

  • Boutcher-logo-250x250.jpg mindblowing_clarinet | Boutcher C of E Primary School
    02 Dec 2019

    By the time we get to the end of the universe (which we won't ) we will all be dead from climate change if we don't do anything about it so we shouldn't be going to the end of the universe

  • Lyons Hall Primary School grateful_engineer | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    03 Dec 2019

    it shows how small earth is even though we think its big

  • Lyons Hall Primary School effervescent_otter | Lyons Hall Primary School C
    03 Dec 2019

    We watched this video in class and it just shows earth is tiny compared to space. I also have an extremely interesting question if space was first formed at one point ( 13.8 billion years ago) will there adventually be an unfortunate end?

  • Lyons Hall Primary School energetic_aspect | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    05 Dec 2019

    black holes can kill us all so it is important that we know what to do if there was a black hole.

  • Lyons Hall Primary School careful_eagle | Lyons Hall Primary School D
    05 Dec 2019

    When I saw the video I thought that black hole might be dangerous, but at the same time it is also cool and amazing so do explore space. But DON'T spend too much money on it.

  • Hammond School logo jolly_seahorse | Hammond Junior School A
    09 Dec 2019

    It is impossible to go to the edge of the universe because it is expanding at around the speed of light , and to get anywhere close to end of the universe we would have to install what Star Wars calls " the hyper drive" which even with our technology today is virtually impossible!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Brompton Westbrook logo champion_dragonfly | Brompton Westbrook Primary School
    09 Dec 2019

    What I think about this, going to the edge of the universe ,also what do you think there is at the edge of the universe? I think there's another galaxy called Andromede,also did you know that the Milky Way is 2.5 million years away to Andromeda also I think it's not safe to go to the edge of the universe

  • Lyons Hall Primary School buzzing_owl | Lyons Hall Primary School | United Kingdom
    10 Dec 2019

    This video has reminded me of how small we are. Has anyone ever been to the end of the universe?

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