Clip description Keywords
A base on the Moon?
A base on the Moon?

Duration: 03:12

Scientists from NASA describe how they might return to the Moon to build a permanent base.

 
A chance of life on Titan
A chance of life on Titan

Duration: 03:17

Experiments show a plausible mechanism for the production of amino acids on Titan.

 
A short guide to the stars
A short guide to the stars

Duration: 03:40

An animation describing what stars are and how they are formed.

 
A summary of the Magellan probe mapping Venus
A summary of the Magellan probe mapping Venus

Duration: 01:36

An archive news report from 1994, which summarises the Magellan probe's exploration of Venus.

 
Analysis of Saturn's rings
Analysis of Saturn's rings

Duration: 04:38

Saturn's icy moons have large craters, which suggests one of its moons was previously destroyed and created the rings.

 
Apollo 8 orbits the Moon
Apollo 8 orbits the Moon

Duration: 01:29

Apollo 8, the first manned spacecraft to orbit the Moon, experiences a radio silence.

 
Atmospheric evolution on Venus, Earth and Mars
Atmospheric evolution on Venus, Earth and Mars

Duration: 02:02

Differences in the size and distance from the Sun of the inner planets has caused their atmospheres to evolve very differently.

 
Birth of the Solar System
Birth of the Solar System

Duration: 02:01

A basic outline of how the Sun and Solar System were created.

 
Can you make a star on Earth?
Can you make a star on Earth?

Duration: 4:26

Presenter Greg Foot demonstrates that a star is just like a continuous chemical reaction where hydrogen is converted into helium and consists of a plasma that transfers huge amounts of light and heat energy.

 
Comets
Comets

Duration: 05:33

A description by Dallas Campbell from 'Bang Goes the Theory' of how comets that originate in the Oort Cloud started as left over debris from the proto-planetary disk from which our planets formed. A model of a comet is made using household ingredients.

 
Craters on a planet's surface indicate its age
Craters on a planet's surface indicate its age

Duration: 00:32

The number of craters on the surface of a moon or planet indicate the age of its crust.

 
Day and night on Earth
Day and night on Earth

Duration: 01:10

An explanation of day and night on Earth.

 
Does methane mean there is life on Mars?
Does methane mean there is life on Mars?

Duration: 03:27

A report into the atmosphere of Mars and the source of methane cloud plumes rising from the planet's surface. Is there life on Mars?

 
Early ideas about Mercury
Early ideas about Mercury

Duration: 01:16

Sir Patrick Moore describes how early ideas of Mercury's surface terrain were very inaccurate.

 
Enceladus - Saturn's ice moon
Enceladus - Saturn's ice moon

Duration: 04:12

The main characteristics of Saturn's ice moon, Enceladus, are described.

 
Evidence for the origin of the Moon
Evidence for the origin of the Moon

Duration: 01:52

Analysis of lunar rocks provides evidence that the Moon and Earth share the same origin.

 
Extinct volcanoes on Mars
Extinct volcanoes on Mars

Duration: 04:44

Describes how active volcanoes reply on heat from the middle of planets. The core of Mars no longer provides the heat necessary for active volcanoes.

 
First images from the Moon in 1966
First images from the Moon in 1966

Duration: 01:50

The first pictures from the Moon's surface were beamed back to the Earth in 1966 by an unmanned Russian lunar probe.

 
First images of Mercury
First images of Mercury

Duration: 02:14

The first detailed images of Mercury were sent back to Earth by the Mariner 10 probe in 1973, showing a cratered surface.

 
Future life on Europa?
Future life on Europa?

Duration: 01:34

How might Jupiter's moon Europa be affected as the Sun ages and becomes hotter?

 
Future life on Mars?
Future life on Mars?

Duration: 02:22

How might Mars be affected as the Sun ages and becomes hotter?

 
Galileo's sunspots are evidence for the Sun's rotation
Galileo's sunspots are evidence for the Sun's rotation

Duration: 01:31

Galileo's observations of sunspots provided evidence for the Sun's rotation.

 
Gravity on different worlds
Gravity on different worlds

Duration: 06:32

Brian Cox uses a spinning centrifuge to create gravity as it would be experienced on other planets. He demonstrates how difficult it would be to live in conditions of higher gravitational force.

 
How big is one giant leap?
How big is one giant leap?

Duration: 4:43

Presenter Greg Foot investigates how high he can jump on Earth and how high he could jump on the surface of the Moon. He compares the gravitational pull of the Moon with the gravitational pull of the Earth and models the effect of the Moon by using helium filled balloons.

 
How does heat escape through the crust of Venus?
How does heat escape through the crust of Venus?

Duration: 05:59

Two theories are outlined to explain how Venus loses the heat generated in its core.

 
How long does it take light from the stars to reach the Earth?
How long does it take light from the stars to reach the Earth?

Duration: 03:11

The time taken for light to travel from the stars to the Earth is investigated.

 
How old are Saturn's rings?
How old are Saturn's rings?

Duration: 03:49

How old are Saturn's rings? The levels of space dust contamination suggest that the rings were not all formed at the same time.

 
How the rings of Saturn resemble icebergs
How the rings of Saturn resemble icebergs

Duration: 02:35

Saturn's rings are described as being very similar to icebergs floating in a glacial lagoon.

 
How Uranus and Neptune were formed
How Uranus and Neptune were formed

Duration: 01:24

An explanation of how large chunks of ice that make up the Kuiper Belt may have formed Uranus and Neptune.

 
Ice volcanoes on Titan
Ice volcanoes on Titan

Duration: 01:45

A report about volcanoes on Titan, which are believed by scientists to erupt ice.

 
Images from Voyager 2 - Uranus and Miranda
Images from Voyager 2 - Uranus and Miranda

Duration: 01:01

The Voyager 2 probe returned images of Uranus and its moon, Miranda. The dense atmosphere of Uranus reduced the image quality, although the images of Miranda were of higher quality and led to a discussion of its formation.

 
Is there life in Europa's underground ocean?
Is there life in Europa's underground ocean?

Duration: 04:16

A detailed description of the evidence for ice and liquid water on Europa, one of Jupiter's moons. Could life have evolved under the ice?

 
Jupiter and its atmosphere
Jupiter and its atmosphere

Duration: 01:47

A general description of Jupiter and the results of the Galileo probe's investigation of its atmosphere.

 
Life on Mars
Life on Mars

Duration: 05:26

Dara O'Briain explains how our ideas about life on Mars have changed over the past few hundred years.

 
Methane rain erodes Titan's glaciers
Methane rain erodes Titan's glaciers

Duration: 03:51

Methane rain erodes solid ice glaciers on Titan.

 
Misconceptions of the Moon
Misconceptions of the Moon

Duration: 05:16

Dara O'Briain discusses myths about the Moon, including that it is made of cheese, causes violent natural disasters, turns people into animals and makes people mad.

 
Mysterious spokes in Saturn's rings
Mysterious spokes in Saturn's rings

Duration: 00:48

Mysterious spokes are discovered in Saturn's rings.

 
Our Solar System and its planets
Our Solar System and its planets

Duration: 04:04

The order of the planets is shown in this animation, together with a suggested mnemonic to help remember their sequence.

 
Our solar system in detail
Our solar system in detail

Duration: 05:26

Dr Marek Kukula describes the planets in order and in detail, starting from the Sun.

 
Pictures of the surface of Mars from Mariner 9
Pictures of the surface of Mars from Mariner 9

Duration: 03:03

Images taken from the surface of Mars by the Mariner 9 probe - archive footage from 1971.

 
Pictures of the surface of Mars from Pathfinder
Pictures of the surface of Mars from Pathfinder

Duration: 02:02

Images taken from the surface of Mars by the Pathfinder probe - archive footage from 1997.

 
Predicting the death of the Sun
Predicting the death of the Sun

Duration: 03:38

Scientists have predicted the sequence of events when the Sun dies. The predicted collapse and expansion of the dying Sun is described.

 
Rare meteorite could hold clues to the beginnings of life
Rare meteorite could hold clues to the beginnings of life

Duration: 03:40

A rare meteorite that could hold clues to the Solar System's birth has been bought by the Natural History Museum.

 
Searching for meteorite fragments in Canada
Searching for meteorite fragments in Canada

Duration: 05:08

Scientists search for the remains of a meteor that was caught on CCTV camera in Canada. The speed and energy of the meteorite are discussed.

 
Skylab observes the Sun
Skylab observes the Sun

Duration: 03:23

Astronauts aboard the Skylab space station collect data about the Sun.

 
Solar system misconceptions and the future
Solar system misconceptions and the future

Duration: 03:56

Dr Marek Kukula describes some common misconceptions about the solar system, as well as explaining what may happen in the future.

 
Space probe to collect pieces of asteroid
Space probe to collect pieces of asteroid

Duration: 01:20

The Marco Polo space probe is designed to collect and bring back pieces of asteroid. It is hoped this project, due to launch in 2017, will provide clues about the evolution of the Solar System.

 
Storms on Jupiter - the Great Red Spot
Storms on Jupiter - the Great Red Spot

Duration: 03:56

Jupiter's dense atmosphere and large gravitational field result in massive storms on its surface - such as the Great Red Spot.

 
The Arctic Circle - 24 hour darkness
The Arctic Circle - 24 hour darkness

Duration: 00:46

Describes the tilt of the Earth's axis and how it causes 24-hour darkness at the North Pole in winter.

 
The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn
The Cassini-Huygens mission to Saturn

Duration: 04:07

The design and construction of the Cassini-Huygens probe, which was designed and built to investigate Saturn's satellites.

 
The death of stars
The death of stars

Duration: 04:35

Brian Cox explains how stars die.

 
The death of the Sun
The death of the Sun

Duration: 03:47

A description of the likely sequence of events in the life cycle of the Sun.

 
The discovery of Pluto
The discovery of Pluto

Duration: 02:26

The story of the discovery of Pluto.

 
The Earth and the aging Sun
The Earth and the aging Sun

Duration: 01:39

A prediction about how the Sun's aging will affect life on Earth.

 
The first map of Venus
The first map of Venus

Duration: 05:10

The surface terrain and volcanic activity of Venus are described using data from the Pioneer 13 probe.

 
The formation of Saturn's rings
The formation of Saturn's rings

Duration: 04:10

One of Saturn's rings is made from ice crystals from the vaporised water fountains of one of its moons, Enceladus.

 
The future of Saturn's rings and the development of rings around Neptune
The future of Saturn's rings and the development of rings around Neptune

Duration: 01:24

In the next 100 million years, Saturn's rings will be worn away by meteor collisions. Neptune may gain rings from the disintegration of Triton, its largest moon.

 
The heliocentric model of the Solar System
The heliocentric model of the Solar System

Duration: 00:54

A description of the observations that led to the heliocentric model of the Solar System. A 24-hour day on Earth is defined.

 
The late heavy bombardment
The late heavy bombardment

Duration: 01:12

An introduction into the late heavy bombardment which explains the consequences of Neptune crashing into the ring of comets on the outside of our Solar System.

 
The looping movement of Mars in the night sky
The looping movement of Mars in the night sky

Duration: 02:28

Explains why Mars travels in loops across the sky when viewed from Earth.

 
The Moon is as old as the Earth
The Moon is as old as the Earth

Duration: 02:08

Astronauts from Apollo 15 find an ancient rock on the Moon which proves it is the same age as the Earth.

 
The rings of Saturn as imaged by Cassini
The rings of Saturn as imaged by Cassini

Duration: 05:01

The Cassini probe has taken detailed images of Saturn's rings which may provide an insight into how our Solar System was formed.

 
The scale of our solar system
The scale of our solar system

Duration: 05:03

Dallas Campbell from 'Bang Goes the Theory' gives a visual representation of our solar system to scale, using everyday objects.

 
The solar wind
The solar wind

Duration: 02:06

A description of the causes and effects of the solar wind.

 
The Sun and rocky planets
The Sun and rocky planets

Duration: 02:23

A description of the solar system showing the asteroid belt and the orbits of all nine planets with more detailed descriptions of the Sun, Mercury, Venus and Earth.

 
The tilt and daylength of the Earth
The tilt and daylength of the Earth

Duration: 01:19

How the Earth tilts on its axis giving us different daylength.

 
Titan’s lakes
Titan’s lakes

Duration: 03:33

Liquid lakes discovered on Titan.

 
Total solar eclipse
Total solar eclipse

Duration: 03:22

Footage of a solar eclipse in India.

 
Tracking killer asteroids
Tracking killer asteroids

Duration: 03:16

Asteroids that might collide with Earth are tracked.

 
Venera 9 takes the first image of the surface of Venus
Venera 9 takes the first image of the surface of Venus

Duration: 01:11

The Russian Venera 9 spacecraft lands on Venus and sends back the first image of its surface - archive footage.

 
Venus compared with the Earth
Venus compared with the Earth

Duration: 06:16

A comparison of the atmospheres of Venus and Earth.

 
Venus Express safely in orbit
Venus Express safely in orbit

Duration: 02:30

A BBC News report on the successful orbit of the Venus Express probe.

 
Voyager sees Jupiter's moons
Voyager sees Jupiter's moons

Duration: 02:03

The four moons of Jupiter are introduced and their differences described.

 
Was there liquid water on Mars?
Was there liquid water on Mars?

Duration: 06:32

Scientists analyse landscapes and photographs of Mars' surface for evidence of water.

 
Were the moon landings faked?
Were the moon landings faked?

Duration: 02:26

Suspicious shadows in lunar photographs are explained.

 
What causes meteorites?
What causes meteorites?

Duration: 01:59

A description of the likely origins of Martian meteorites.

 
What causes sunspots?
What causes sunspots?

Duration: 02:06

Spectrographic observations explain that sunspots are caused by anomalies in the Sun's magnetic field.

 
What happened when a comet hit Jupiter?
What happened when a comet hit Jupiter?

Duration: 03:17

Footage of the Shoemaker-Levy 9 comet hitting Jupiter and an explanation of how the Solar System formed from such collision.

 
What is Mercury like?
What is Mercury like?

Duration: 04:22

The main characteristics of Mercury are described.

 
What is Neptune's moon Triton like?
What is Neptune's moon Triton like?

Duration: 01:56

Triton has a crust of solid nitrogen with nitrogen geysers.

 
What is the Sun made from?
What is the Sun made from?

Duration: 01:04

Sun spectroscopy reveals its constituent elements.

 
What is the surface of Venus like?
What is the surface of Venus like?

Duration: 03:06

How radar data has added detail to our understanding of the surface geology of Venus.

 
What is Venus like?
What is Venus like?

Duration: 06:35

Details of the temperature, terrain, atmosphere, day and year of Venus.

 
What went wrong with the Large Hadron Collider?
What went wrong with the Large Hadron Collider?

Duration: 04:19

Dr Lyn Evans, who is in charge of the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland, talks about why the experiment to recreate conditions just after the Big Bang went wrong - and the plans to re-start the £3.6bn ($6.6bn) machine.

 
What would it be like to live on the moon?
What would it be like to live on the moon?

Duration: 02:50

NASA has set up a simulated moon base on the ocean floor.

 
Where did Phoebe come from?
Where did Phoebe come from?

Duration: 06:38

A space probe scans one of Saturn's moons to determine its composition.

 
Where did the moon come from?
Where did the moon come from?

Duration: 04:16

An outline of the proposed theory for the origin of the moon.

 
Why are there so many craters on the moon?
Why are there so many craters on the moon?

Duration: 02:54

Early close up images of the moon showed a huge number of large and small craters.

 
Why did Mercury lose its atmosphere?
Why did Mercury lose its atmosphere?

Duration: 01:58

Mercury lost its atmosphere because it was too small and too hot.

 
Why the Earth's formations gave us seasons
Why the Earth's formations gave us seasons

Duration: 04:15

An explanation by Dallas Campbell from the BBC One series, 'Bang Goes the Theory' of how the Earth's tilted axis was caused by a massive collision between us and a partially formed planet about 4.6 billion years ago, which gives us seasons.

 
William Herschel observes Mars
William Herschel observes Mars

Duration: 00:44

Details of William Herschel's report in 1784 about Mars.

 
Zero gravity
Zero gravity

Duration: 04:50

A candle flame is seen to be almost spherical when under zero gravity.

 

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