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Spacewatch (12 Parts)

Synopsis
Twelve 12-minute programmes.
1: A ride into space.
2: Venus and Mercury.
3: Earth and Mars.
4: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus.
5: Orian and related bodies.
6: Includes footage of a total eclipse of the sun.
7: A history of the universe.
8: History of spaceflight.
9: Identifies summer constellations.
10: America’s Skylab and the Soviet Union’s Salyut space shuttle.
11: The Anglo-Australian and the UK Schmidt telescopes.
12: Jodrell Bank, Royal Greenwich Observatory, Northern Ireland Planetarium, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; out of distribution
Year of production
1984
Availability
Sale
Uses
1st-year astronomy courses; useful as a ‘liberal studies’ film for all science students; 6th-formers.*
Subjects
Astronomy; Space science
Keywords
eclipses; Jupiter; Mercury (planet); planets; Saturn; space exploration; space technology; stars; sun; telescopes; universe; Uranus; Venus

Credits

Cast
Heather Couper 
Terence Murtagh 

Sections

Title
Powers of ten 1
Synopsis
1: A ride into space.

Title
Two hot to handle
Synopsis
2: Venus and Mercury.

Title
Planets blue and red
Synopsis
3: Earth and Mars.

Title
Giants and strangers
Synopsis
4: Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus.

Title
Orion and friends
Synopsis
5: Orian and related bodies.

Title
Here comes the sun
Synopsis
6: Includes footage of a total eclipse of the sun.

Title
Secrets of starlight
Synopsis
7: A history of the universe.

Title
Journey into space
Synopsis
8: History of spaceflight.

Title
Summer triangle
Synopsis
9: Identifies summer constellations.

Title
Riding the shuttle
Synopsis
10: America's Skylab and the Soviet Union's Salyut space shuttle.

Title
Catch a falling star
Synopsis
11: The Anglo-Australian and the UK Schmidt telescopes.

Title
Where to go, what to do
Synopsis
12: Jodrell Bank, Royal Greenwich Observatory, Northern Ireland Planetarium, Royal Observatory, Edinburgh.

Production Company

Name

York Films of England

Distributor

Name

York Films of England

Email
office@yorkfilms.com
Web
http://www.yorkfilms.com External site opens in new window
Phone
01303 226 2345
Fax
01303 858 196
Address
23 Bradstone Avenue
Folkestone
Kent
CT19 5AQ
Notes
York Films specialises in producing science programming for television, particularly space and astronomy, with a strong emphasis on using CGI. Several series are available for sale on DVD on topics including Nobel prizewinners, bee breeding and six programmes on the bicycle.

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