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Order Out of Chaos

Professor Brian Cox describes how nature has carved out the solar system. He looks at the rings of Saturn, explaining how they formed from a chaotic cloud of gas.

Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most stunning locations on earth to describe how the laws of nature have carved natural wonders across the solar system.

Brian reveals how beauty and order in earth's cosmic backyard was formed from nothing more than a chaotic cloud of gas. Chasing tornados in Oklahoma, he explains how the same physics that creates these spinning storms shaped the young solar system. Out of this celestial maelstrom emerged the jewel in the crown, Brian's second wonder - the magnificent rings of Saturn.

On an ice-choked lagoon in Iceland, he sees the nearest thing on earth to Saturn's rings. Using the latest scientific imagery and breathtaking graphics, he explains how the intricate patterns round Saturn are shaped by the cluster of more than 60 moons surrounding the planet.

One of those moons makes a spectacular contribution to the rings and is the third wonder of the solar system. Brian describes the astonishing discovery of giant fountains of ice erupting from the surface of Enceladus, which soar thousands of kilometres into space.

1 hour

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Brian Cox
Director Michael Lachmann
Series Producer Danielle Peck
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen

Broadcasts

  • Sun 14 Mar 2010 21:00
  • Tue 16 Mar 2010 19:00
  • Wed 17 Mar 2010 00:10
  • Sat 17 Apr 2010 20:00
  • Sun 18 Apr 2010 01:55
  • Sat 15 May 2010 02:55
  • Sun 26 Sep 2010 18:00
  • Mon 22 Nov 2010 19:00
  • Tue 23 Nov 2010 01:00
  • Tue 28 Dec 2010 19:00
  • Tue 12 Apr 2011 23:20
  • Tue 12 Apr 2011 23:30
  • Sun 29 Jan 2012 23:30
  • Thu 14 Jun 2012 20:00
  • Fri 15 Jun 2012 01:35
  • Sun 17 Jun 2012 00:30
  • Wed 11 Feb 2015 00:25