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  1. Do Black Holes Have No Hair? (2016)

    Producer
    Jim Frank
    Subject
    Astronomy; Physics

    Radio 4 broadcast. The first of Professor Hawking’s 2015 Reith lectures delivered 24 November 2015 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Professor Hawking describes the history of scientific thinking...

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  2. Black Holes Are Not As Black As They Are Painted (2016)

    Producer
    Jim Frank
    Subject
    Astronomy; Physics

    Radio 4 broadcast. The second of Professor Hawking’s 2015 Reith lectures delivered 1 December 2015 at the Royal Institution of Great Britain. Professor Hawking describes the history of scientific thinking...

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  3. Asteroids Hazards: The View from Space (2015)

    Subject
    Astronomy

    This series of videos explains the "hows and whys" of asteroid hazards: Why are some asteroids hazardous? Why are they difficult to find? And how can the risk of impact be predicted? Produced by...

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  4. Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (2014)

    Director
    Brannon Braga
    Producer
    Ann Druyan
    Subject
    Astronomy
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 780 minutes), £19.99

    Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson hosts a reboot of Carl Sagan’s COSMOS, the landmark 1980 PBS series that explored all aspects of the universe. The new version features an upgrade of the Cosmic Calendar,...

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  5. Where Does the Solar System End? (2013)

    Subject
    Astronomy; Physics

    Launched in 1977 to study the Solar system’s gas giant planets, Voyager 1 is still operating. But now it’s so far away that the Solar wind has weakened and a deluge of cosmic particles from intergalactic...

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  6. M1: Crab Nebula (2012)

    Subject
    Astronomy

    This film is one of a series from the Deep Sky Videos website which looks at the stellar objects catalogued by French astronomer Charles Messier. The Crab Nebula is the remnant of a supernova with a pulsar...

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  7. Measuring the Universe: From the Transit of Venus to the Edge of the Cosmos (2012)

    Subject
    Astronomy

    This short film explains how the transit of Venus was used in previous centuries to make an accurate measure of the distance to the planets, giving astronomers their first inkling of the true scale of space.

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  8. Final Frontier? Horizon Guide to the Universe (2012)

    Subject
    Astronomy; Space science
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 50 minutes), £195.00

    Since 1964, the BBC documentary series HORIZON, has been producing programmes about space science and astronomy, joining scientists as they have probed the secrets of the universe, from the origin of dark...

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  9. Nostalgia for the Light (2012)

    Director
    Patricio Guzman
    Subject
    Archaeology; Astronomy; Politics & government
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 107 mins.), £9.99

    A documentary drama by Patricio Guzman on the high altitude desert in Chile called Atacama. Atacama is highly significant to archaeologists for preserving the oldest known mummies in the world, and for being...

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  10. Europe to the Stars (2012)

    Director
    Lars Lindberg Christensen
    Subject
    Astronomy

    To celebrate its 50th anniversary year, the European Southern Observatory released the documentary Europe to the Stars: ESO’s first 50 years of Exploring the Southern Sky. The movie tells the story of the...

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