60-Second Adventures in Astronomy: Track 1

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Ever wondered where the Universe came from? Or more importantly, where it's headed? Voiced by David Mitchell, this series of 60 second animations examines different scientific concepts from the big bang to relativity, from black holes to dark matter. The series also explores the possibility of life beyond Earth and considers why David Bowie is still none the wiser about life on Mars.

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  • Duration 30 mins
  • Updated Thursday 20th December 2012
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Across the Sciences
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Track 1: The Big Bang

Just how big was the Big Bang? Discover how scientists have calculated the exact volume of the noise created at the birth of the Universe.


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Tracks in this podcast:

Track   Title Description
1 The Big Bang    Just how big was the Big Bang? Discover how scientists have calculated the exact volume of the noise created at the birth of the Universe. Play now The Big Bang
2 Supernovae    What happens when a star explodes? Learn how all the elements in the Universe were formed, and where exactly your favourite silver necklace comes from. Play now Supernovae
3 Exoplanets    We can't see exoplanets, but we know they're there. This episode explores how scientists have studied distant stars to learn more about the invisible planets that orbit them. Play now Exoplanets
4 A Day on Mercury    No-one on Mercury could claim there's not enough hours in the day. Find out how you'd pass the time on a planet where a single day lasts two years. Play now A Day on Mercury
5 The Rotating Moon    The Moon is like a loyal servant to a Queen, and never turns its back on the Earth. Discover how the Moon's orbit means we always see it's best side. Play now The Rotating Moon
6 Life on Mars    Discover how asteroids and microbes flying through space could hold the secret to life on Earth and Mars. Play now Life on Mars
7 Event Horizons    Just what is the point of no return? German physicist, Karl Schwarzchild calculated the event horizon of black holes. And it can tell us more about the eventual fate of all the galaxies. Play now Event Horizons
8 Dark Matter    Fritz Zwicky was a Swiss astronomer who discovered Dark Matter in the Universe. But what's the matter with dark matter? Play now Dark Matter
9 Special Relativity    Who had more fun in life, Albert Einstein or Richard Feynman? Whichever one of them was travelling faster. Play now Special Relativity
10 Large Hadron Collider    Some thought it would create another Universe, while others thought it would suck us all into a black hole. But the Large Hadron Collider is not as dangerous as we thought. Play now Large Hadron Collider
11 Dark Energy    Who'd have thought Albert Einstein could make a mistake? Dark Energy explores how Einstein was right all along about the expanding Universe. We never should have doubted him. Play now Dark Energy
12 Black Holes    Is it possible to make your own black hole? DIY experts take note. Play now Black Holes
13 Taking a Galactic Census    How do you take a census in space? Find out how it is possible to produce a 3D map of the galaxy, with a little help from the new Gaia Spacecraft and a whole heap of measuring. Play now Taking a Galactic Census
14 Gaia and the Killer Asteroids    How do you avoid killer asteroids? With the unpredictable threat of killer asteroids attacking the Earth, it's Gaia to rescue! Play now Gaia and the Killer Asteroids

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