Out of Sight

Image for Out of SightNot currently available on BBC iPlayer

Episode 2 of 3

Duration: 59 minutes

The human eye is a remarkable piece of precision engineering, but it is also extremely limited. Beyond the narrow range of light that makes up the familiar colours of the rainbow is a vast spectrum of light, entirely unseen.

But what if we could see beyond the narrow boundaries of our eyes and peer into this invisible realm?

Richard Hammond does just that, using groundbreaking new imaging technologies to take the viewer on a breathtaking journey of discovery beyond the visible spectrum, seeing the world, quite literally, in a whole new light.

From death-defying aerial repairmen in the United States using ultraviolet cameras to seek out an invisible force that lurks unseen on power lines, to German scientists unlocking the secrets of animal locomotion with the world's most powerful moving x-ray camera, to infrared cameras that can finally reveal the secrets within a humble beehive, he shows how new technologies are letting us see our world anew.

  • World of Wonder

    World of Wonder

    This series is part of World of Wonder - a year of Science across the BBC in 2010. From popular science to Chaos Theory, there's a little something for everyone.

    Find out more about World of Wonder on BBC Science
  • Photo: Hot Bees

    Photo: Hot Bees

    In the visible world, all bees look the same. But by looking into the infra-red, we can see how bees precisely control their heat to completely alter their environment.

Credits

Presenter
Richard Hammond
Producer
Dan Clifton
Director
Dan Clifton
Producer
Simon Finch
Executive Producer
Anne Laking
Executive Producer
Gary Hunter

Broadcasts

Buy online

Available on: DVD, Blu-ray or Video download

From suppliers including: BBC Shop, iTunes

Where to buy

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.