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Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth's voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, travelling first from July to the December solstice and showing its effect.

Right now you're hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour (100,000km an hour). In the next year you'll travel 584 million miles, to end up back where you started.

Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth's voyage around the sun for one complete orbit, to witness the astonishing consequences this journey has for us all.

In this first episode they travel from July to the December solstice, experiencing spectacular weather and the largest tides on Earth. To show how the Earth's orbit affects our lives, Helen jumps out of an aeroplane and Kate briefly becomes the fastest driver on Earth.

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Wed 17 Jul 2019 13:45

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Kate Humble
Presenter Helen Czerski
Producer Dick Taylor
Director Dick Taylor
Executive Producer Jonathan Renouf
Series Producer Stephen Marsh

Broadcasts

  • Sun 4 Mar 2012 21:00
  • Sun 4 Mar 2012 22:00
  • Tue 6 Mar 2012 23:00
  • Fri 16 Mar 2012 21:00
  • Sat 17 Mar 2012 00:30
  • Fri 30 Mar 2012 02:55
  • Tue 3 Apr 2012 23:30
  • Sat 5 Jan 2013 19:00
  • Sun 20 Jan 2013 18:00
  • Sun 20 Jan 2013 18:30
  • Tue 3 Dec 2013 20:00
  • Wed 4 Dec 2013 00:45
  • Thu 1 May 2014 20:00
  • Thu 4 Dec 2014 20:00
  • Thu 31 May 2018 20:00
  • Fri 1 Jun 2018 02:00
  • Wed 17 Jul 2019 13:45

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