Naked Astronomy

Naked Astronomy episode

Sun, 24th Apr 2016

Eyes on the Sky for Mercury

Ultra-high Definition View of 2012 Venus Transit (c) NASA Goddard Space Flight Centre

On 9 May, Mercury will be seen as a black dot silhouetted against the Sun and this rare event enabled astronomers of the 17th century to work out how vast the universe was. But this transit isn't just phenomenally important historically: it has huge implications in our search for extraterrestrial life, as Graihagh Jackson finds out...

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  • 15:15 - Searching for signs of life

    Exoplanets may yield clues as to whether there might be life somewhere out there. But they're so far away, so why bother?

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