Date: 22nd April 2012
Julien Date: 2456040.77
Day of Year: 113.5
Journey to the Planets, this Sunday’s episode: Saturn
(All episodes will be screened on subsequent Sundays)
Learn what to pack, what planet has the best sights, and don’t forget to send a postcard to your friends and family back home.
See stunning images of each planet including highly detailed images captured by today’s ultra high-tech telescopes.
Advanced animation takes you up-close-and-personal with those distant worlds, as we plunge through space to get a better look at the neighbours.
Have you ever thought of blasting off to the Giant Pin-up Planet of the Solar System?
No planet beats Saturn for sheer jaw-dropping beauty. Majestic, mysterious, and massive, this giant is the pin-up boy of the Solar System. But delve deeper and you find a brooding monster – with supersonic winds, fearsome storms and nowhere to stand. Revolving serenely above it all are the dazzling rings, an entire system of glistening particles nearly as wide as the distance from the Earth to the Moon, yet no thicker than one or two storeys in a modern apartment building. Like cars on a celestial beltway, the ring particles race around Saturn at speeds of 60,000 kilometres per hour, but if you could park a spacecraft in orbit doing the same speed, it would be possible to pick up a ring particle in your hand. Thanks to the continuing exploits of the Cassini-Huygens mission, one of the most successful robotic spacecrafts of all time, Saturn is being revealed to us like never before. The images alone were worth the trip, with stunning vistas of the rings, strange six-sided storms around the North Pole and similar, circular giants girdling the South.
See you at the Planetarium.
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