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Cosmic Quest - 16. Plumbing the Depths

Astronomer Heather Couper looks at the science of astrophysics, which began 300 years ago but rocketed in Victorian times.

Heather Couper presents a narrative history of astronomy.

The science of astrophysics has emerged over the past 300 years. It began with the first attempts to measure the distances of the stars but took off in late Victorian times with the invention of the spectroscope, a device to split starlight up into its component wavelengths. This led to an understanding of the composition of stars and the discovery of a new element on the Sun.

  • Broadcast on BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2:15PM Wed, 22 May 2013
  • Available until 12:00AM Thu, 1 Jan 2099
  • First broadcast BBC Radio 4, 3:45PM Mon, 16 Jun 2008
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  • Duration 15 minutes

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