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Birth of the Solar System

Duration: 02:01

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.

Available since: Fri 1 Jul 2011


Mark Halliley
Zam Baring
Series Producer
David McNab
David McNab
Teresa Hunt

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The Planets Revisited Star: New Worlds

5/8 The story of the human race's quest to understand the Sun.

First broadcast: 25 Nov 2004

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