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The Sky at Night

Space Boom Britain

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Available for 9 months

The Sky at Night team visit the companies spearheading the boom in Britain's space industry, a sector with an annual income of £16.4bn and which employs over 45,000 people. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Pete Lawrence
Production Coordinator:
Carisse Perks
Assistant Producer:
Raquel Taylor
Production Manager:
Kassi Murphy
Executive Producer:
Steve Crabtree
Series Producer:
Peter Leonard

The Sky at Night

Exploring Mars

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

As the spacecraft Mars Express celebrates a decade at the red planet, Chris Lintott and Lucie Green pick out some of the highlights, including the 'face of Mars'. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Presenter:
Jon Culshaw
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Fatal Attraction

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Chris Lintott talks to the astronomer royal about black holes, the beating heart at the centre of galaxies which also have a destructive side. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Participant:
Martin Rees
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Space Surgery Special

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

The team go camping at the Brecon Beacons star party and answer viewers' problems and queries about what to see in the night sky and how to use a telescope. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Wonders of the Night Sky

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Celebrating one of the most profound, moving and enjoyable activities there is - the ancient art of looking up, studying and marvelling at the night sky. Show more

The Sky at Night

In the Blink of an Eye

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Exploring the world of transient phenomena, including the event that created the recently-detected gravitational wave, the collision of two neutron stars. Show more

The Sky at Night

The Mystery of 'Oumuamua

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Four HDLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team investigates the first ever object to visit our solar system from outer space - 'Oumuamua. Its discovery set off a hurricane of press speculation. Show more

The Sky at Night

Other Solar Systems

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

We now know there are other solar systems far away in space, but are they like ours and is there life on these strange worlds? Sir Patrick Moore investigates. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Paul G Abel

The Sky at Night

Is Cosmology in Crisis?

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

We know that distant galaxies are racing away from us. But just how fast is the Universe expanding? Scientists are yet to agree on an answer. Show more

The Sky at Night

Moore Winter Marathon Results

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

To find out how everyone got on in Sir Patrick Moore's last Moore Winter Marathon, Chris Lintott and Lucie Green travel to the Kielder observatory. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Lucie Green
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Participant:
Jon Culshaw

The Sky at Night

The Sun King

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

The team are at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, to see how the sun affects our planet. Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green joins them to enjoy its historic telescopes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North
Participant:
Lucie Green

The Sky at Night

The Sun King

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

The team are at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich, to see how the sun affects our planet. Solar physicist Dr Lucie Green joins them to enjoy its historic telescopes. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North

The Sky at Night

Reaching for the Stars

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One SouthLatest broadcast: on BBC One South

In this edition, recorded just before his death, Sir Patrick Moore and his team offer advice to those who are discovering astronomy for the very first time. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North

The Sky at Night

The Story of Stuff

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Patrick Moore, Chris Lintott and Chris North find out what the universe is made of, from dark matter that shapes galaxies to minute particles that make up atoms. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Mercury and the Moon

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Patrick Moore talks about the latest news from Messenger, the spacecraft over Mercury. Chris Lintott looks at the legacy of the last moon mission, Apollo 17. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel

The Sky at Night

Expedition Asteroid

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

A look one of the most difficult feats of space exploration as the US and Japan attempt to bring a piece of an asteroid back to Earth. Show more

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

An examination of how damaging a coronal mass ejection could be and how two new satellites that will travel closer to the sun than ever before can better prepare us. Show more

The Sky at Night

They Fall to Earth

Duration: 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC One HDLatest broadcast: on BBC One HD

Lucie Green and Chris Lintott look at the Natural History Museum's meteorite collection and discuss the Russian impact. Jon Culshaw goes on a meteorite hunt. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Presenter:
Lucie Green
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Chris North
Reporter:
Jon Culshaw
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Outer Limits

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Patrick Moore discusses the ice giants Uranus and Neptune, while Arthur C Clarke talks about his vision of bases on the moon in a newly-found episode from 1963. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Chris Lintott
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons

The Sky at Night

Home-grown Observatories

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Amateur astronomers are out in their back-garden observatories looking at stars, galaxies and nebulae. The team visits some of them on their own turf. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Patrick Moore
Reporter:
Pete Lawrence
Series Producer:
Jane Fletcher
Executive Producer:
William Lyons
Reporter:
Paul G Abel
Reporter:
Chris North