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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
Ended:
  • --
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Airs on:
  • Sunday
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Type: Documentary
Seasons: 2017
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Season 255
+ The Sky at Night #5  Into the Dark Zone 9th Jul 2017 2 weeks 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 1 month 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 3 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 #2  Telescope Takeover 12th Feb 2017 5 months ago 22:05 - 22:35 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 2 - "Telescope Takeover"
The team travel to the island of La Palma in the Canary Islands where they take control of some of the world's largest telescopes to view the most spectacular sights in the night sky.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #1  Guide to the Galaxy 8th Jan 2017 6 months ago 22:00 - 22:30 gb Show
Season 255, Episode 1 - "Guide to the Galaxy"
All good travel guides need a map, and the team unveil the most detailed 3-D map of the Milky Way ever produced. A map that reveals that there may be 50 per cent more stars in the galaxy than we previously thought. American astronomer Neil deGrasse Tyson gives us a guided tour of the strangest stars we have ever observed, and we discover that the Milky Way may already be colliding with our neighbouring galaxy, Andromeda.
Type: Documentary | Network: BBC Four | Status: Running | Rating: unrated [ Login to vote ]
+ The Sky at Night #10  Review of the Year 11th Dec 2016 7 months ago 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 8 months 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 9 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 10 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 1 year 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 #11  The Real Star of Bethlehem: A Sky at Nig... 30th Dec 2015 1 year 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 7 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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