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The Sky at Night

Five Greatest Images of the Solar System

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

From a view of the surface of Mars to live pictures of the sun, a look at the five greatest images captured by spacecraft. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Rosetta: The Comet's Tale

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The Rosetta mission to comet 67P was the first time a spacecraft landed on a comet's surface. What has this icy body taught us about the dawn of the solar system and the origins of life on earth?

The Sky at Night

Question Time

Duration: 59 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A one-hour special in which The Sky at Night team face a live studio audience to answer their questions about the mysteries and wonders of the universe.

The Sky at Night

Planet 9 from Outer Space

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team investigates the search for Planet 9, after two American astronomers claimed they had found evidence for a ninth planet in our solar system. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

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

Available for 9 months

Documentary which maintains that the real pioneers of space exploration were the Soviet cosmonauts, telling the story of how the Russians led us into the space age. Show more

The Sky at Night

Playing With a Clockwork Universe

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team looks at the dynamic nature of the universe, winding its timeline backwards and forwards to reveal how the night sky changes over time. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Interstellar: The Journey to Proxima b

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Following the discovery of an Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the team focuses on our nearest neighbouring star. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Participant:
Jim Al-Khalili
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Life on Mars

Duration: 30 minutes

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

The team investigates the ongoing hunt for life on Mars. It is one of the great scientific questions of our time, but are we any closer to finding an answer? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Goodbye Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team visits the ESA as the Rosetta mission reaches its conclusion and the spacecraft is crashed into the surface of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Review of the Year

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team looks back on the major stories of 2016 and sees how they have developed. What has the Juno probe discovered at Jupiter? Has Planet 9 been found? Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Volcanoes of the Solar System

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at the weird and wonderful world of volcanism on other planets and moons, from the giant extinct volcanoes of Mars to the sulphur plumes of Io. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Insight - NASA's latest mission to Mars - goes in search of the secrets below its surface to reveal how the planet was formed and why it is so different from the Earth. Show more

The Sky at Night

Telescope Takeover

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The team travel to La Palma in the Canary Islands where they take control of some of the world's largest telescopes to view the sky's most spectacular sights. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Secrets of the Whirlpool Galaxy

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

A look at M51 aka the Whirlpool Galaxy. By examining it at many magnifications and wavelengths the programme will build up a detailed portrait. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Mercury: The Problem Child of the Solar System

Duration: 30 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

To mark a transit of Mercury, an attempt to explain its mysteries. Surface temperatures exceed 450 degrees, yet it has patches of ice. Show more

Contributors

Presenter:
Chris Lintott
Series Producer:
Michael Lachmann
Executive Producer:
Jonathan Renouf

The Sky at Night

Alien Worlds

Duration: 29 minutes

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

Astronomers have found more than 4,000 planets circling stars other than our own. What do we know about these alien worlds and how have we managed to detect them? Show more

The Sky at Night

Space Mission Special

Duration: 29 minutes

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

What are the criteria for deciding which missions make it into space? The Sky at Night meets the British teams vying to have their ideas selected for the European Space Agency's next F-class mission. Show more

To Boldly Go

Episode 2: Up

Duration: 1 hour

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

Dr Kevin Fong learns how we can survive in hostile conditions. In the second programme he goes goes climbing in the Alps to find out how the body responds to altitude. Show more

The Sky at Night

Review of the Year

Duration: 29 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Looking back on the major stories of 2019 - from the New Horizons mission to the most distant world we have ever visited to the release of the first-ever picture of a black hole. Show more