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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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Airs on:
  • Sunday
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Type: Documentary
Seasons: 2018
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Season 255
+ The Sky at Night #8  Expedition Asteroid 9th Sep 2018 2 weeks ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 8 - "Expedition Asteroid"
A look at two missions attempting one of the most difficult feats of space exploration, to collect a rock from another world. This episode checks in on the US and Japanese attempts to bring a piece of an asteroid back to Earth. The missions have taken decades of planning, but the results will be worth it. We'll find out how studying these space rocks can teach us about the origins of our solar and may one day help save earth from a catastrophic collision.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #7  Death Star 12th Aug 2018 1 month ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 7 - "Death Star"
This episode looks at a solar phenomenon called coronal mass ejection - violent eruptions from the sun's surface - examining just how damaging a CME could be and how astronomers, using two new satellites that will travel closer to the sun than ever before, can better prepare us for its impact. A well-known example of a CME was recorded in 1859, when a spectacular blood-red aurora borealis appeared across America. Earlier that same day, in a leafy garden in the UK, a gentleman astronomer had noted a 'white light flare' on the sun's surface. The two events were linked, and it is now known that the flare caused the aurora. Back then, it was considered an astronomical curiosity, but when it happens again, it will be a different story. For the modern, technological world such a violent solar phenomenon could be devastating.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #6  Outback Astronomy 8th Jul 2018 2 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 6 - "Outback Astronomy"
In February 2018, news broke that astronomers had seen the cosmic dawn - the moment when stars first formed, flooding the universe with light. What's remarkable is that this incredible event was discovered by an instrument the size of a ping-pong table in a remote corner of Western Australia. Chris Lintott travels to the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory to find out how they did it and what else the extraordinary radio telescopes there can tell us about the universe.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #5  Jupiter: Up Close and Personal 10th Jun 2018 3 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 5 - "Jupiter: Up Close and Personal"
Nasa's Juno spacecraft is currently making its 13th orbit of Jupiter on one of the most ambitious and risky space missions ever undertaken. The astonishing images it has captured are not just visually stunning, they also deliver spectacular scientific insight, revolutionising our ideas about Jupiter. Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores these stunning discoveries, from a new understanding of Jupiter's core and formation to revelations about how deep its raging storms penetrate the planet's mysterious interior.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #4  Gaia: A Galactic Revolution 13th May 2018 4 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 4 - "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 the most surprising initial findings, from the discovery of wandering black holes, hyper velocity stars and 'transient phenomena' to a brand new age map of the Milky Way and concrete evidence of how our galaxy formed.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #3  Mars: Red and Dead? 8th Apr 2018 5 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 3 - "Mars: Red and Dead?"
Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott reveal the latest results from Nasa's Curiosity and Esa's ExoMars TGO missions that are attempting to find signs of life on Mars. Maggie visits the Airbus 'Mars Yard' to find out how the next lander heading to Mars is being built to survive the planet's incredibly hostile environment. And the team asks - if Mars is a dead planet, could the first life on Mars be humans? Chris talks to Andy Weir, author of The Martian, about whether a manned mission to Mars is just a fantasy.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #2  The Mystery of 'Oumuamua 10th Feb 2018 7 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 2 - "The Mystery of 'Oumuamua"
The team investigates an astronomical detective story. In October 2017, astronomers spotted the first ever object to visit our solar system from outer space. They called it 'Oumuamua. Its discovery set off a hurricane of press speculation and a major scientific investigation. The Sky at Night goes to Queen's University in Belfast, which has become the centre of scientific research on this cosmic visitor. When they first spotted it, all scientists knew was that it was small, it was travelling fast, and it came from outside our solar system. What did it look like? How had it formed? What was it made of? Where had it come from? To answer these questions, the team pieces together all the clues that scientists have extracted from the small amounts of data collected as 'Oumuamua flashed through the solar system.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #1  The Invisible Universe 14th Jan 2018 8 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 1 - "The Invisible Universe"
The Sky at Night reports on one of the most unnerving discoveries in space science - that most of the universe is missing. We live in a material world, so instinctively we know what normal matter is - the world around us, the planets, stars and interstellar dust. But scientists currently estimate that 95 per cent of everything in the universe is actually - one way or another - invisible. Some of this is ordinary matter that we just can't easily see. But there's also stuff that's much more weird. For instance, there's a new kind of matter we think is out there, but whose very existence is still largely hypothetical - dark matter. And most mysteriously of all, scientists think there is an unknown form of energy pervading the universe that we know so little about, all it has so far is a name - dark energy. The Sky at Night takes you on a tour of this invisible universe, and shows how its existence - or lack of it - will define the fate of the entire universe.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #10  Wonders of the Night Sky 10th Dec 2017 9 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 10 - "Wonders of the Night Sky"
The Sky at Night celebrates one of the most profound, moving and enjoyable activities there is - the ancient art of looking up, studying and marvelling at the night sky. The programme is based at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich - the spiritual home of British astronomy - and sets out to discover the many and varied ways we can all enjoy the majesty of the skies. Maggie Aderin-Pocock travels to Norway to see the northern lights, and discovers that we are in a golden age of aurora research as she learns what they tell us about the solar system. Chris Lintott learns the ancient art of navigating by the stars, whilst Pete Lawrence helps choose the right equipment to set yourself up as an amateur astronomer.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #9  In the Blink of an Eye 12th Nov 2017 10 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 9 - "In the Blink of an Eye"
This month The Sky at Night explores this world of transient phenomena. We hear more about the explosive event that created the recently detected gravitational wave - the collision of two neutron stars. And Chris spends 24 hours at the SWIFT space telescope base in Leicester in an attempt to detect a gamma ray burst - the most powerful and extreme short-term event known.Maggie goes to meet the team that are searching for the mysterious, barely understood transient phenomena called fast radio bursts. And Lucie Green reveals that some important short-term phenomena can occur much closer to home too.Astronomy used to be about staring up at the unchanging sky, so this search for transitory objects is truly revolutionary. It's time to enter the spectacular world of astronomy that takes place... in the blink of an eye...
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 2 years 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 4 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 8 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 8 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 8 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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