How to make an exploding star

Scientists create tiny explosions with a powerful laser to study the properties of supernovae.


Jumping into a black hole

Professor Max Tegmark explains what would happen if you were able to jump into a black hole.

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Explore the Solar System

Explore the planets, moons and astronauts through video clips from BBC programmes and full-length radio programmes.

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    Newton lays the foundations of modern physics.

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    Astronomers find a planet orbiting a star similar to the Sun.

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    Dirac seeks to explain the behaviour of matter at a very small scale.

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    This device was used to discover the cosmic microwave background radiation.

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