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The Sky at Night

Our team of astronomers tell us what's on view in the night sky. From comets to quasars, there is always something fascinating to discuss in the Universe.

Started:
  • 1957-04-24
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  • --
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Airs on:
  • Sunday
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Type: Documentary
Seasons: 2016
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Season 255
+ The Sky at Night #10  Review of the Year 11th Dec 2016 in 1 week 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 10 - "Review of the Year"
The Sky at Night team looks back on the major stories of the year and sees how they have developed since they hit the headlines. 2016 has been a remarkable year in many ways, but one area in which it has been particularly good is in space science. There have been new missions to Jupiter and Mars, planets have been found on the outskirts of the solar system and around our nearest neighbouring star, and the discovery of gravitational waves has potentially given us a new way of investigating the universe. What has the Juno probe discovered at Jupiter? Has Planet 9 been found? And are we any closer to finding Earth-like planets elsewhere in the galaxy?
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #9  Life on Mars 13th Nov 2016 2 weeks ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 9 - "Life on Mars"
The Sky at Night 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? As well as uncovering the cause of the recent crash of the Schiaparelli lander, the team looks at the next missions designed to hunt for life on the red planet - from a rover designed to drill deep into the surface, to the orbiter sniffing for signs of methane in the atmosphere. Adam Rutherford joins the team to ask if we have been deliberately avoiding the most likely places to find life on Mars.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #8  Goodbye Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special 2nd Oct 2016 2 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 8 - "Goodbye Rosetta: A Sky at Night Special"
The Sky at Night goes behind the scenes at the European Space Agency as the Rosetta mission reaches its conclusion and the spacecraft is crashed into the surface of comet 67P Churyumov-Gerasimenko. For nearly two years the Rosetta spacecraft has been in orbit, studying the comet at close range and returning extraordinary pictures. But now the the mission must end and the project scientists have decided to have one final attempt at studying it at close range. On September 30th the spacecraft - with all its instruments running - will be crashed into the surface of the comet. Its aim is to get the best ever view of the mysterious pits on the comet's surface, pits whose walls are thought to have been undisturbed for over 4 billion years. Chris Lintott will be in mission control with the scientists as they watch the pictures come in from the spacecraft's dive towards the surface. Maggie Aderin-Pocock will be investigating how the mission has transformed our understanding of comets.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #7  Interstellar: The Journey to Proxima Cen... 11th Sep 2016 2 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 7 - "Interstellar: The Journey to Proxima Centauri"
Following the recent discovery of an Earth-like planet orbiting Proxima Centauri, the Sky at Night focuses on our nearest neighbouring star. As well as telling the story of the of the discovery of the new planet and revealing what conditions may be like on its surface, the team is also joined by Professor Jim al-Khalili to investigate the possibility of building a spaceship that could travel the 4.23 light years to Proxima Centauri.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #6  Juno: Mission to Jupiter 10th Jul 2016 4 months ago 19:30 - 20:00 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 6 - "Juno: Mission to Jupiter"
A look behind the scenes of Nasa's project to study Jupiter. As the spacecraft Juno enters Jupiter's orbit, the programme explores the dangers of the mission and what Nasa is hoping to discover about the giant planet - from the secrets of its formation to the source of the solar system's most powerful aurora.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #5  Secrets of the Whirlpool Galaxy 12th Jun 2016 5 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 5 - "Secrets of the Whirlpool Galaxy"
The Sky at Night focuses its attention on M51 aka the Whirlpool Galaxy. Sitting approximately 30 million light years from Earth, this spiral galaxy was discovered in 1773 by the French astronomer Charles Messier. It is thought to have been the inspiration behind the swirling patterns of van Gogh's Starry Night. June 1st has been declared Whirlpool Galaxy Day. On this one day we will be aiming as many telescopes as possible at the galaxy. Images will be taken by optical and infra-red telescopes on top of volcanoes in Hawaii and La Palma, the radio signature will be captured at the Mullard Radio Astronomy Observatory in Cambridge, and in orbit the Swift space telescope will aim its ultraviolet and X-ray sensors at the galaxy. By examining the galaxy at as many magnifications and wavelengths as possible the programme will build up a portrait of this galaxy - unlocking the secrets of the formation of the spiral arms and revealing how they have triggered a wave of intense star formation.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #4  Mercury: The Problem Child of the Solar ... 8th May 2016 6 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 4 - "Mercury: The Problem Child of the Solar System"
May 9th 2016 sees one of the astronomical highlights of the year - a transit of Mercury across the sun, the best opportunity to observe this phenomenon until 2049. To mark the event, the Sky at Night attempts to explain the many mysteries of Mercury - a planet so bizarre that it is sometimes described as the 'problem child' of the solar system. Surface temperatures exceed 450 degrees but it also has patches of ice, its day is twice as long as its year, and it is a planet that appears to be shrinking.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #3  Stephen Hawking on Black Holes 10th Apr 2016 7 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 3 - "Stephen Hawking on Black Holes"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #2  Five Greatest Images of the Solar System 13th Mar 2016 8 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 2 - "Five Greatest Images of the Solar System"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #1  Planet 9 From Outer Space 14th Feb 2016 9 months ago 20:00 - 20:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 1 - "Planet 9 From Outer Space"
A look at the claim that a ninth planet exists in the solar system and what this means for the rest of the universe.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #11  The Real Star of Bethlehem: A Sky at Nig... 30th Dec 2015 11 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 11 - "The Real Star of Bethlehem: A Sky at Night Christmas Special"
The Sky at Night team go in search of what could of caused the Star of Bethlehem. Explored are theories that include supernovae, comets, meteors and a unusual alignment of the giant planets.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #12  Comet Chasing 1st Dec 2013 3 years ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 12 - "Comet Chasing"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #15  The Winter Sky 7th Dec 2009 6 years ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 15 - "The Winter Sky"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #14  Exploring Mars 15th Nov 2009 7 years ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 14 - "Exploring Mars"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #13  Lunar Impact 2nd Nov 2009 7 years ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 13 - "Lunar Impact"
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Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
 
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