Seven Ages of Starlight
This is the epic story of the stars, and how discovering their tale has transformed our own understanding of the universe.
Once we thought the sun and stars were gods and giants. Now we know, in a way, our instincts were right. The stars do all have their own characters, histories and role in the cosmos. Not least, they played a vital part in creating us.
There are old, bloated red giants, capable of gobbling up planets in their orbit, explosive deaths - supernovae - that forge the building blocks of life and black holes, the most mysterious stellar tombstones. And, of course, stars in their prime, like our own sun.
Leading astronomers reveal how the grandest drama on tonight is the one playing above our heads.
A star is born
Big Science Season
Seven Ages of Starlight is part of the BBC Four Big Science Season. Discover the other programmes in the season below...
Order and Disorder: A two-part series presented by Professor Jim Al-Khalili which tells the story of how humanity mastered the two most important concepts of the modern age - energy and information.
The Final Frontier? A Horizon Guide to the Universe: An in-depth look at science's quest to understand the mysteries of the Universe.
Tails You Win: The Science of Chance: Professor David Spiegelhalter tries to pin down what chance is, revealing how it works in the real world.
Voyager: To the Final Frontier: A look at NASA's Voyager programme as the two spacecraft leave the Solar System.
|Executive Producer||Helen Thomas|