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The Sky at Night - The Very Large Telescope

The Sky at Night – The Very Large Telescope

The Sky at Night – The Very Large Telescope – Nestled in the heart of Chile’s arid Atacama Desert, the Very Large Telescope (VLT) stands as a monumental testament to humanity’s quest for cosmic knowledge. This premier observatory has catalyzed paradigm-shifting astronomical discoveries, earning its place in the annals of science through contributions that have garnered Nobel recognition and profoundly […]

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The Sky at Night - Black Holes: Searching for the Unknown

The Sky at Night – Black Holes: Searching for the Unknown

The Sky at Night – Black Holes: Searching for the Unknown – Delving into the vast mysteries of our cosmos, there’s never been a more electrifying period than now to immerse oneself in the enigma of one of space’s most captivating phenomena: black holes. This month, the illustrious team behind ‘The Sky at Night’ embarks on a profound journey, unraveling

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The Sky at Night - Is There Anybody out There

The Sky at Night – Is There Anybody out There?

The Sky at Night – Is There Anybody out There – Diving into the intricate and somewhat contentious realm of alien communication, the Sky at Night team probes deep into the captivating pursuit of life on other celestial bodies, a topic that continues to fascinate the scientific community and beyond. The less publicized and arguably more intriguing aspect, however, lies

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The Sky at Night - Photographing the Universe

The Sky at Night – Photographing the Universe

The Sky at Night – Photographing the Universe: 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, up close to the moon, planet, star or galaxy you are looking at. Having the light from those distance objects, fixed

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The Sky at Night - James Webb Road Trip

The Sky at Night – James Webb Road Trip

The Sky at Night – 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. Stars and galaxies were revealed in such detail that they blew even the most experienced astronomers away. However, as spectacular

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Super Telescope: Mission to the Edge of the Universe

Super Telescope: Mission to the Edge of the Universe

Super Telescope: Mission to the Edge of the Universe – As Nasa releases the first images from the James Webb Space Telescope, this film tells the inside story of the telescope’s construction and the astronomers taking its first picture of distant stars and galaxies. Will it be the deepest image of our universe ever taken?     The successor to

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Seven Ages of Starlight

Seven Ages of Starlight

Seven Ages of Starlight: This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe. Once we thought the sun and stars were gods and giants. Now we know, in a way, our instincts were right. The stars do all have their own characters, histories and role in the cosmos.

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The Sky at Night - The Forgotten Solar System

The Sky at Night – The Forgotten Solar System

The Sky at Night – The Forgotten Solar System: 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, they seem featureless and devoid of any significant geological activity.     Since then, long-range telescopes have

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Building: The Ultimate Telescope

Building: The Ultimate Telescope

Building: The Ultimate Telescope – On a high plateau in a remote desert in northern Chile lies the largest observatory on Earth, ALMA, or Atacama Large Millimeter/Submillimeter Array. The name refers to a network of 66 massive radio telescopes, working in unison to observe the birth and death of stars and planets, and answer centuries-old questions about the origins of

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Dark Secrets of the Solar System

Dark Secrets of the Solar System

Dark Secrets of the Solar System: New evidence is rewriting the history of our solar system, and using the latest discoveries and cutting-edge tech, experts are investigating if our cosmic neighborhood once featured oversized alien Earths and a second Sun.     For most of history, humanity did not recognize or understand the concept of the Solar System. Most people

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Stars

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 observe the night sky. Since then we have designed an arsenal of ingenious machines to help us unlock the secrets of the stars – from

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Sky at Night - Is Cosmology in Crisis

The Sky at Night – Is Cosmology in Crisis ? episode 2 2019

The Sky at Night – Is Cosmology in Crisis ? episode 2 2019: 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. At the beginning of the 21st century, we thought we knew the answer. But now, two very different viewpoints have emerged.

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