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Under our Night Sky

Brian Cox and Robin Ince are joined by Tim Peake, Jon Culshaw, Lisa Harvey-Smith and Stuart Clark to discover how our relationship with the night sky has changed over our history,

Under The Night Sky

Brian Cox and Robin Ince discover the importance of the night sky to human history and how our relationship with the stars has changed over the centuries. They are joined by star-gazer Jon Culshaw, astronaut Tim Peake, astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith and astronomy writer Stuart Clark as they chart the changing nature of our relationship with the sky above us. They discuss ancient cave paintings depicting Orion's belt, the astronomical revolution that came with our understanding of how planets orbit the Sun, and how astronauts like Tim who have "touched the sky" have seen the stars in a totally unique way. Has our ever expanding knowledge about the stars twinkling above us removed some of the magic, or have modern missions and the incredible images of space we now see brought us closer, quite literally, to the sky above us?

Producer: Alexandra Feachem

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57 minutes

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Sat 20 Mar 2021 19:15

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  • Mon 18 Jan 2021 16:30
  • Sat 20 Mar 2021 19:15

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