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Station: BBC Four (UK)
Status: Running
Start: 1957-04-24

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  • S2015E10 - Second Earth?
    Air Date: 08 November 2015 22:00 -
  • S2015E11 - 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.

    Air Date: 30 December 2015 21:00 -
  • S2016E01 - 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.

    Air Date: 14 February 2016 20:00 -
  • S2016E02 - Five Greatest Images of the Solar System
    Air Date: 13 March 2016 22:00 -
  • S2016E03 - Stephen Hawking on Black Holes
    Air Date: 10 April 2016 21:00 -
  • S2016E04 - 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.

    Air Date: 08 May 2016 21:00 -
  • S2016E05 - 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.

    Air Date: 12 June 2016 21:00 -
  • S2016E06 - 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.

    Air Date: 10 July 2016 19:30 -
  • S2016E07 - 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.

    Air Date: 11 September 2016 21:00 -
  • S2016E08 - 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.

    Air Date: 02 October 2016 21:00 -
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