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The Brightest Star

As we pass the longest day, The Sky at Night introduces astronomy with a difference - stargazing in the daytime. Lucie Green looks at how seasons change on other planets across the solar system, Maggie Aderin-Pocock explores what makes the sun special and Chris Lintott engages in some stellar archaeology to uncover the cosmic nursery our star and its siblings were born in.

30 minutes

Last on

Sun 20 Jul 2014 00:15

The Sun and eight planets

The Sun and eight planets
It is relatively easy to spot five of the planets in the Solar System with the naked eye: Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn.

Make a solar filter

Make a solar filter

Pete Lawrence shows you how to make a solar filter for your telescope. Remember, always be careful when observing the Sun.


Role Contributor
PresenterChris Lintott
PresenterMaggie Aderin-Pocock
Series ProducerRob Liddell
Executive ProducerJonathan Renouf
ReporterLucie Green

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