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Asteroids explained

Duration: 06:20

Sir Patrick Moore explains how the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter was discovered. He also talks about Bode's Law, an 18th century empirical rule that was once thought to predict planets' orbits. It is now discredited by astronomers, including Sir Patrick.

Available since: Mon 1 Feb 2010

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The Sky at Night Little Worlds

A look at the minor planets and asteroids orbiting the Sun between Mars and Jupiter.

First broadcast: 02 Jun 1985

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