Birth of the Solar System

About 4.5 billion years ago, a supernova (exploding star) at the edge of our galaxy is thought to have sprayed superhot dust and gas into space and caused a neighbouring gas cloud to collapse. This mixture of gas and dust gravitated together until the nuclear reaction that powers the Sun was triggered.

Release date: 30 Jun 2011

3 minutes


Role Contributor
NarratorMark Halliley
NarratorZam Baring
Series ProducerDavid McNab
DirectorDavid McNab
ProducerTeresa Hunt

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