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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 shown that there is much more to Neptune and Uranus than previously thought and that they both warrant closer inspection.…

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Read more about the article The Sky at Night – Here Comes the Sun
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The Sky at Night – Here Comes the Sun

The Sky at Night - Here Comes the Sun: Esa’s solar orbiter was launched from Cape Canaveral earlier this year on a decade long mission to discover the secrets of our sun. And the Sky at Night was there to capture all the action. Two aspects of this mission make it unique. First, the spacecraft is designed to capture the highest resolution images of the sun ever taken. And then it will orbit the sun to give us a glimpse…

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The Sky at Night – Alien Worlds

The Sky at Night - Alien Worlds investigates what we know about these alien worlds and looks at how we have managed to detect them. It is not just our sun that is circled by planets. In recent years, astronomers have found over 4,000 planets circling stars other than our own.     Professor Chris Lintott visits the UK Astronomy Technology Centre in Edinburgh to see a cutting-edge camera designed to take pictures of exoplanets. And Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock talks…

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The Sky at Night – Space Mission Special

The Sky at Night - Space Mission Special: Only a handful of missions are sent into space every decade, but how do we decide which missions are cleared for launch and which are grounded?     This month the Sky at Night goes behind the scenes as the European Space Agency select their next F-class mission, scheduled to be launched in 2028. And we meet the British teams vying to have their ideas selected, including a revolutionary mission to a…

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The Sky at Night – Return to the Moon

In the first of two programmes to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo Moon landings, the Sky at Night team take a look at the latest plans to return to the Moon. Recently, China, Israel and India have all sent major missions to the Moon. The Europeans and Americans are planning to build a space station in permanent orbit around the Moon.     And NASA has just announced that they plan to land astronauts on the Moon’s surface…

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