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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.
The Sky at Night investigates how Mercury probe BepiColombo was built, how it will get to Mercury and what it hopes to discover.
In this special programme, the Sky at Night takes to the air on board the largest airborne observatory in the world - a specially modified jumbo jet, flying out of California. This extraordinary aircraft is home to a 17-tonne telescope that observes the galaxy from around 40,000 feet. This telescope - called SOFIA - specialises in infrared astronomy. It can peer into the heart of a galaxy through the dust and gas, and see how stars form. It's designed to answer some of the biggest questions in astronomy: why aren't more stars being created and how do planets form?
Nasa's New Horizons probe notches up another historic first - the first ever Kuiper belt fly-by and an encounter with a chunk of rock and ice four billion miles from Earth.
We know that distant galaxies are racing away from us. But just how fast is the Universe expanding? Scientists are yet to agree on an answer.
Patrick Moore(Patrick Moore)
Maggie Aderin Pocock(Maggie Aderin Pocock)
Lucie Green(Lucie Green)
Chris Lintott(Chris Lintott)
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