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The Pale Blue Dot

Professor Brian Cox reveals how Earth's beauty is created by just a handful of forces. In this episode Brian explains the science behind the colours of the planet.

In this final episode Professor Brian Cox travels to Iceland, where the delicate splendour of a moonbow reveals the colours that paint our world, and he visits a volcano to explain why the sun shines. By exploring how sunlight transforms the plains of the Serengeti, drives the annual migration of humpback whales to the Caribbean and paints the moon red during a lunar eclipse, Brian reveals the colour signature of our life-supporting planet.

Finally, at an observatory high in the Swiss Alps, he shows how these colours aren't simply beautiful, but that understanding how they're created is allowing us to search for other Earths far out in the cosmos.

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Fri 9 Feb 2018 02:30

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Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Brian Cox
Executive Producer Andrew Cohen
Series Producer Danielle Peck
Producer Stephen Cooter
Director Stephen Cooter

Broadcasts

  • Mon 25 Jul 2016 21:00
  • Tue 26 Jul 2016 23:50
  • Wed 27 Jul 2016 00:30
  • Sat 13 Aug 2016 01:35
  • Thu 8 Feb 2018 21:00
  • Fri 9 Feb 2018 02:30

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