|01||Sun And Moon||20050905|
Dava Sobel's survey of our solar system.
A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us.
Sun and Moon: A look at those heavenly bodies most familiar to us.
[Rpt of Mon 9.45am]
|02||Mercury And Jupiter||20050906|
How Mercury gained mythological status and how views of Jupiter's red spot have evolved.
How our recent knowledge of the planet has been greatly enhanced by the discovery of a meteorite.
|04||Venus And Saturn||20050908|
How Venus became known as the prettiest planet and why Saturn's rings are intriguing.
|05 LAST||Uranus, Neptune, Pluto||20050909|
The two great ice giants of the solar system are barely touched by heat from the sun.
Music journalist and cultural commentator Paul Morley on finally seeing the future in Gustav Holst's 'The Planets'.
'The Planets' was the first classical album that Paul Morley ever bought. As a teenager into experimental German electronic music and psychedelic rock, he expected it to take him into the realms of science fiction. But has was disappointed. It seemed irrelevant, old-fashioned, nothing to do with the future. Decades on, however, 'The Planets' has become for Morley the music of the future, for the future, and it's pop and rock that sound dated and quaint in comparison.
Written and read by Paul Morley
Produced by Justine Willett