Tag: astronomy

The Moon

The Moon

1972 was the year a great affair ended, as the human race fell out of love with the moon. Just three years after the world was gripped by Neil Armstrong's giant leap for mankind, the last man left the moon and we have never been back.  This film tells the epic story of our ...

Galaxies

The Sky at Night – Guides – Galaxies

Galaxies are the building blocks of the universe. Our solar system sits inside a huge galaxy that we call the Milky Way - home to as many as 300 billion stars. But the Milky Way is itself just one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the observable universe. Over the last 60 years of ...

The Sky at Night - Guides - Planets

The Sky at Night – Guides – Planets

The planets have fascinated us for millennia, but over the past 60 years our understanding of them has been transformed. Using The Sky at Night archives, Maggie Aderin-Pocock takes us on a spectacular voyage of discovery through our exploration of the planets. From incredible technological achievements, to astonishing phenomena such as epic storms on Jupiter ...

The Sky at Night - Gaia - A Galactic Revolution

The Sky at Night – Gaia – A Galactic Revolution

For past three and a half years, ESA's Gaia Space telescope has been mapping the heavens in unprecedented detail. At the end of April 2018 it released precise data on over 1.3 billion stars in the Milky Way showing how they move over time and their distance from Earth. Maggie and Chris reveal some of ...

Return to the Moon

The Sky at Night – Return to the Moon ?

The Sky at Night - Return to the Moon ? -  Nearly 50 years ago, Neil Armstrong stepped onto the moon and it seemed like the dawn of a new age. Soon we'd be flying to the moon as effortlessly as we fly to America, and a moon base would be filled with men and ...

Space-time

How the Universe Works: Mystery of Space-time ep.10 2018

Space-time is the secret structure that controls the universe, and this strange four-dimensional substance controls time, light, and energy. It will also determine how the universe will end.   Space-time In physics, space-time is any mathematical model that fuses the three dimensions of space and the one dimension of time into a single four-dimensional continuum. ...

Dwarf Planets

How the Universe Works: Strange Lives of Dwarf Planets ep.8 2018

Our solar system is home to hundreds of strange, tiny worlds called dwarf planets, and new discoveries reveal the secrets of these mysterious places. Dwarf Planets Dwarf planets are worlds that are too small to be considered full-fledged planets, but too large to fall into smaller categories. In recent years, there's been a lot of ...

How the Universe Works: The Quasar Enigma ep.7 2018

Quasars are the brightest and most powerful objects in our universe, and though they have shaped the cosmos, they might ultimately destroy everything that exists.   Quasar   A quasar (also quasi-stellar object or QSO) is an active galactic nucleus of very high luminosity. A quasar consists of a super massive black hole surrounded by ...

Cosmic Dawn

Cosmic Dawn: The Real Moment of Creation

Astronomers are now trying to witness the cosmic dawn. For the first time they have the tools to explore the very first stars of the universe and to tell the scientific story of our creation.   Forget the big bang. The real moment of creation was the cosmic dawn - the moment of first light. ...

Mercury

How the Universe Works: Secret History of Mercury ep.6 2018

Mercury is a deadly world, facing attacks from the sun, comets, and other planets, and even though it's the smallest planet in the solar system, it has a dangerous secret a dangerous secret that might one day threaten life on Earth.   How is the universe put together? How is it built? And how does ...