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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: 2018
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Season 255
+ The Sky at Night #2  The Mystery of 'Oumuamua 10th Feb 2018 1 week 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 1 month 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 2 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 3 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 #8  Return to the Moon? 8th Oct 2017 4 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 8 - "Return to the Moon?"
For the first time in a generation there are credible plans to go to the moon. The team examine this renewed interest, and ask why it's happening now.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #7  Cassini: The Gamechanger 10th Sep 2017 5 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 7 - "Cassini: The Gamechanger"
On 15 September 2017, the most successful space mission of all time will come to a dramatic and violent end as the Cassini probe is sent crashing into the planet Saturn. This one space probe has rewritten the rules of space exploration, repeatedly surprising scientists with its incredible and unexpected observations. It discovered lakes of pure methane on Saturn's moon Titan, mysterious weather systems on Saturn itself, and all the conditions for life on the moon Enceladus. It has exceeded every expectation of its original design brief, and its mission duration has been extended not once but four times. Its legacy for science and for space travel is unique. Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock explore four major ways in which space exploration of the future has been changed by the discoveries of the Cassini mission.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #6  It Came From Outer Space 13th Aug 2017 6 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 6 - "It Came From Outer Space"
In August, the most spectacular meteor shower of 2017 coincides with transmission: The Perseids! If it's clear, it'll be a great chance to see scores of bright shooting stars streaking across the night sky. As those shooting stars vaporise in the atmosphere, a small part of some of them will fall to earth as dust.This dust will contribute to a total of about 40,000 tonnes of space dust and debris that falls onto our planet every year. In this episode, Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock investigate this mysterious cosmic debris that comes from outer space.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #5  Into the Dark Zone 9th Jul 2017 7 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 5 - "Into the Dark Zone"
Scientists have spent hundreds of years observing the planets with telescopes and over fifty exploring the solar system through space travel, so you might have thought they knew our cosmic neighbourhood pretty well.But actually, they've hardly scratched the surface. The reality is that most of the solar system is still almost a complete mystery. Beyond the orbit of Neptune lies a vast number of strange, dark, icy worlds - the trans-Neptunian objects. And it's only over the last few years that we've even started to see and understand them, and have begun to realise they play a crucial role in the evolution of our solar system.Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott discover how we've found hundreds of thousands of these strange new objects, some with multiple moons, others with strange orbits, and some spinning way faster than any planet in the solar system.Marcus du Sautoy explores how studying the mathematics governing the behaviours of these objects has changed our understanding of how the solar system evolved, and how it might eventually end.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #4  Inside God's Observatory: Special 11th Jun 2017 8 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 4 - "Inside God's Observatory: Special"
This edition comes from the heart of one of the most influential - and surprising - organisations in the history of astronomy. Maggie and Chris have been granted rare access to the Vatican and its little-known observatory, the Specola Vaticana, perched on a hilltop 30km outside Rome.There they explore its rich history and contemporary cutting-edge science, going inside the Vatican walls to visit the Tower of the Winds, a secret antique sundial that revolutionised the length of the year; the remains of a nest of telescopes atop an old medieval church where the science of spectroscopy was born; and the modern labs, manned by priest scientists who study a range of contemporary astronomical problems, from meteorites to binary stars to the birth of the universe itself.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #3  60th Anniversary Special 23rd Apr 2017 10 months ago 21:00 - 21:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 3 - "60th Anniversary Special"
When the first episode of The Sky at Night was transmitted in April 1957, it was still thought that Mars could be home to advanced life, the Space Age was yet to begin, and the Big Bang was just a controversial theory. So to celebrate its 60th anniversary, this special programme looks at how our knowledge of the universe has been transformed in the last six decades - from the exploration of the solar system to the detection of black holes and planets orbiting distant stars. Featuring contributions from Jim Al-Khalili, Dallas Campbell and Monica Grady and including special birthday messages from a host of stars, this is a celebration of an extraordinary age of discovery, and The Sky at Night's role in covering it.
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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