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Cosmic Ghosts

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This month, The Sky at Night has a spooky twist. Across the universe, there are hidden objects that we can’t see, but astronomers and scientists still believe they’r ...

13-06-2024

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Hiding In Starlight

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Total solar eclipses, like the one seen last month in North America, allow us to see details of the Sun that can’t be seen at any other time. So, this month, The Sky at Ni ...

16-05-2024

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Space Rock Return

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The Sky at Night is back for a brand new series, and this month it is delving into Nasa’s OSIRIS-REx mission, which last year brought back a sample from the near-Earth ast ...

11-04-2024

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The Sky At Night Meets The Infinite Monkey Cage

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In this special episode to mark the end of another season of The Sky at Night, we team up with Radio 4’s The Infinite Monkey Cage to talk all things amateur astronomy. Joi ...

16-11-2023

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Question Time Special

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A special Question Time edition of the programme, recorded at the University of Exeter as part of the British Science Association’s Science Festival.\n\nThe panel is chair ...

12-10-2023

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The Very Large Telescope

The Sky At Night - The Very Large Telescope

The Very Large Telescope – or VLT – has been responsible for some of the greatest astronomical breakthroughs of all time, discoveries that have resulted in Nobel Pri ...

13-09-2023

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Black Holes: Searching For The Unknown

The Sky At Night - Black Holes: Searching For The Unknown

There has never been a more exciting time to study one of the most mysterious phenomena in space. This month, The Sky at Night team investigate the science of black holes and di ...

17-08-2023

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Is There Anybody Out There?

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The Sky at Night team investigates the controversial world of alien communication. The search for life on other planets is one of the most fascinating subjects in science. But w ...

13-07-2023

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The Uk Space Race

The Sky At Night - The Uk Space Race

The Sky at Night team investigates the incredible science and engineering helping the UK to blast into space. We are now one of the biggest satellite building nations in the wor ...

15-06-2023

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Will An Asteroid Destroy Earth?

The Sky At Night - Will An Asteroid Destroy Earth?

The Sky at Night team explores the threat of an asteroid impact on earth. Around 2,300 asteroids have been identified as ‘potentially hazardous’, and it’s tho ...

18-05-2023

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The Search For Alien Life

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The Sky at Night team investigate the latest science in the hunt for extraterrestrial life. Scientists have never been more obsessed with finding aliens than they are right now. ...

13-04-2023

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The Multiverse Of Mystery

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The Sky at Night in the Multiverse of Mystery is a magical journey into the far-flung ideas at the very edge of scientific knowledge, exploring the concepts that today seem like ...

17-11-2022

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Question Time

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A special ‘Question Time’ edition of the programme, recorded at The Venue in De Montford University, Leicester, as part of the British Science Association’s an ...

12-10-2022

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Photographing The Universe

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For centuries, humans have been drawing what they see in the night sky through telescopes. But there is something about a photograph that can make you feel you are right there, ...

15-09-2022

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The James Webb Road Trip

The Sky At Night - The James Webb Road Trip

On 12 July 2022, the Sky at Night joined the rest of the world to watch as the James Webb Space Telescope released its long-awaited first images. And it didn’t disappoint. ...

17-08-2022

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The Sky At Day

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The British weather is often the enemy of stargazers up and down the country. A forecast of a couple of hours of cloud cover will disappoint even the most determined amateur ast ...

13-07-2022

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The Astronomer Royal At 80

The Sky At Night - The Astronomer Royal At 80

Martin Rees is perhaps Britain’s most renowned cosmologist. He was master of Trinity College, Cambridge, president of both the Royal Astronomical Society and the Institute ...

16-06-2022

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Destination: Moon

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2022 marks the fiftieth year since an astronaut last stepped on the moon’s surface. We look back at the legacy of the Apollo programme and forward to the future of lunar e ...

11-05-2022

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Exoplanets And Antarctica

The Sky At Night - Exoplanets And Antarctica

In a month when the tally of confirmed exoplanets passed 5,000, it’s astonishing to remember that just 30 years ago, the notion of planets outside our own solar system was ...

14-04-2022

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Dark Skies

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Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Professor Chris Lintott visit the Van Gogh Immersive Experience to seek inspiration in one of the world’s most famous works of art, Starry Nigh ...

12-01-2022

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Guides: 3. Stars

The Sky At Night - Guides: 3. Stars

For as long as humans have walked the Earth, the stars have fascinated us. But we have come a long way since the earliest days of astronomy when we had nothing but our eyes to o ...

09-01-2022

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Review Of The Year

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Chris and Maggie look back at some of the stories they have covered in 2021 in the Sky at Night’s big review of the year.\n\nIn February, three missions arrived at Mars. A ...

16-12-2021

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Telescopes Through Time

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The Sky at Night team explore the history of the telescope – from Harriot and Galileo's lunar observations to the Hubble and James Webb space telescopes – revealing ...

18-11-2021

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The Forgotten Solar System

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Of the 100 probes that have been sent out into space, only one probe - Voyager 2 in 1989 - has ever sent back any information about the solar system's outer planets. From afar, ...

12-10-2021

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Question Time

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A special ‘Question Time’ edition of the programme, recorded at the Civic Theatre, Chelmsford, as part of the British Science Association’s annual science fest ...

22-09-2021

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The Moon, The Mission And The Bbc

The Sky At Night - The Moon, The Mission And The Bbc

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo mission to put a man on the moon, The Sky at Night looks back through the archives to tell the story of how the BBC reported the ...

19-09-2021

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Juno And Jupiter

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August 2021 marks ten years since Nasa’s mission to Jupiter, Juno, was launched. The mission – to uncover the mysteries surrounding Jupiter’s formation – ...

11-08-2021

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Et And The Bbc

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Chris and Maggie dive into the archives to discover how the hunt for extra-terrestrial life in the universe has been reported by the BBC over six decades. Such luminaries as Pat ...

14-07-2021

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Space Boom Britain

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Britain’s space industry is booming. According to UK Space Agency, its annual income now stands at £16.4bn, and it employs over 45,000 people. Britain has always bee ...

17-06-2021

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Mapping The Milky Way

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The Gaia space telescope is not just create the ultimate star map of the Milky Way. It is also showing us our galaxy's past and how it will change in the future.\n\nThe Sky at N ...

12-05-2021

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Mars And Meteorites

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In February, orbiters from China and the UAE settled into their positions above Mars, and Nasa’s Perseverance rover touched down on its surface. Maggie Aderin-Pocock revie ...

15-04-2021

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Pick Of The Year

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Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott look back at some of the biggest stories featured on the programme in 2020, with the help of special guests who have chosen their favourit ...

20-01-2021

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The State Of Astronomy

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The Sky at Night looks back at the last ten years of astronomy and ponders the most significant milestones and revelations. With the help of six distinguished astronomers, Chris ...

13-12-2020

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Beyond Venus

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Chris and Maggie report on the reaction to the dramatic announcement of the discovery of phosphine gas in the clouds of Venus, a gas that could be a sign of life. Venus remains ...

11-11-2020

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Beyond The Visible

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The focus for this edition of The Sky at Night is on astronomical research that is beyond the scope of our eyes. \n\nWe think of astronomy as something we do primarily using our ...

15-10-2020

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Guides: 2. Galaxies

The Sky At Night - Guides: 2. Galaxies

Galaxies are the building blocks of the universe. Our solar system sits inside a huge galaxy that we call the Milky Way - home to as many as 300 billion stars. But the Milky Way ...

11-08-2019

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Is Cosmology In Crisis?

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Ever since we discovered that distant galaxies are racing away from us, there has been a heated debate over just how fast the Universe is expanding.\n\nAt the beginning of the 2 ...

14-02-2019

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Beyond Pluto

The Sky At Night - Beyond Pluto

On 1 January 2019, Nasa's New Horizons probe notched up another historic first: the first ever Kuiper belt fly-by. Its target was 2014 MU69, a chunk of ice and rock about four b ...

17-01-2019

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Telescope On A Plane!

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Telescope on a Plane!\n\nIn this special programme, the Sky at Night takes to the air on board the largest airborne observatory in the world – a specially modified jumbo j ...

09-12-2018

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First Rock From The Sun

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Documentary series. Mercury, unique amongst the planets, is shrinking. And that's only the beginning of how strange the solar system's smallest planet is. In October 2018 a new ...

22-11-2018

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Space Britannia

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The Sky at Night investigates Britain's attempt to become a major player in the modern space race. From Scotland's wild northern shore, where Britain's first spaceport is planne ...

18-10-2018

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Death Star

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One evening in early September 1859, a spectacular blood-red aurora borealis appeared across America. Earlier that same day, in a leafy garden in the UK, a gentleman astronomer ...

16-08-2018

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Outback Astronomy

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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 inc ...

12-07-2018

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Jupiter: Up Close And Personal

The Sky At Night - 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 capture ...

14-06-2018

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Gaia: A Galactic Revolution

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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 b ...

17-05-2018

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Guides: 1. Planets

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The planets have fascinated us for millennia, but over the past 60 years our understanding of them has been transformed. Using The Sky at Night archives, Maggie Aderin-Pocock ta ...

17-05-2018

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Mars: Red And Dead?

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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 v ...

12-04-2018

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The Mystery Of 'oumuamua

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In October 2017, astronomers made a spectacular discovery - they spotted the first ever object to visit our solar system from outer space. They gave it a suitably exotic name... ...

15-02-2018

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The Invisible Universe

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The Sky at Night reports on one of the most unnerving discoveries in space science - that most of the universe is missing.\n\nWe live in a material world, so instinctively we kn ...

18-01-2018

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Wonders Of The Night Sky

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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 pro ...

10-12-2017

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In The Blink Of An Eye

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We're used to thinking that the universe operates on timescales of millions or even billions of years, where change happens with imperceptible slowness. But now we've discovered ...

16-11-2017

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Telescope Takeover

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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 nigh ...

12-02-2017

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Life On Mars

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13-11-2016

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Second Earth?

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As we close in on the discovery of the 2,000th planet outside our solar system, or exoplanet, the Sky at Night investigates the techniques that are revealing so much about these ...

08-11-2015

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Cosmic Blasts

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The Sky at Night team look at cosmic explosions. They explore the beautiful but potentially deadly outbursts of our very own star - the sun - and the most violent and energetic ...

09-08-2015

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Hubble: The Five Greatest Images Of The Cosmos

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For 25 years the Hubble Space Telescope has been showing us the cosmos as we've never seen it before. The team reveals the 'top five' greatest images Hubble has produced, images ...

12-04-2015

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What Have Ufos Done For Us?

The Sky At Night - What Have Ufos Done For Us?

From unexplained flashes in the night sky to flying saucers, this episode delves into the mysterious world of UFOs. How our drive to explain these bizarre phenomena, and desire ...

08-02-2015

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Ice Giants

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The team explores the vast frozen worlds of Uranus and Neptune, while astro-photographer Damian Peach shares his tips for capturing these jewels of the night sky.

12-10-2014

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The Hunt For Et

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Are we alone? Geneticist Dr Adam Rutherford seeks to define what life is and Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores our chances of finding it in the universe.

14-09-2014

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How To Catch A Comet

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The team is at mission control as the Rosetta probe catches up with the comet it has been chasing across the solar system and prepares to send out a lander.

11-08-2014

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The Brightest Star

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The team explore stargazing in the daytime, show how seasons change on other planets across the solar system and examine what makes the sun special.

13-07-2014

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Impacts

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The team looks at the cosmic impacts which have shaped the universe around us, from asteroids crashing into the surface of the moon to galaxies colliding with each other.

15-06-2014

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How Gravity Shapes The Universe

The Sky At Night - How Gravity Shapes The Universe

The team travels to the Brecon Beacons AstroCamp to see how gravity shapes the universe. Chris finds out about the newest moon in the solar system.

18-05-2014

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