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Episode 1

Right now you're hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour (100,000 kms an hour). In the next year you'll travel 584 million miles, to end up back where you started.

Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth's voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, to witness the astonishing consequences this journey has for us all.

In this first episode they travel from July to the December solstice, experiencing spectacular weather and the largest tides on Earth. To show how the Earth's orbit affects our lives, Helen jumps out of an aeroplane and Kate briefly becomes the fastest driver on Earth.

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1 hour

Last on

Thu 4 Dec 2014 20:00


Role Contributor
PresenterKate Humble
PresenterHelen Czerski
ProducerDick Taylor
DirectorDick Taylor
Executive ProducerJonathan Renouf
Series ProducerStephen Marsh

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