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Sky at Night
MAGAZINE

EPISODE GUIDE
APRIL 1957 – JANUARY 2013

This guide was originally included with our March 2011
issue. The following introduction was written by Patrick
Moore to celebrate the 700th episode of The Sky at Night.

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ne day in April 1957 I had a
phone call from BBC producer
Paul Johnstone. Would I go
and see him? I did; we talked,
and The Sky at Night was born. Initially
it was to be shown every four weeks, and
if it went well it might be continued for
a while. Well – more than half a century
later we are still going, and this month is
our 700th programme. I will have planned
and presented 699 of them – the only
one I missed was the result of eating the
wrong sort of goose egg. (If I ever find that
wretched bird, I’ll wring its neck!)
The Sky at Night has set quite a few
records. It is by far the longest-running
programme of its kind, not only in Britain
but in the world, and I have a feeling
that its record will not be beaten; TV has
changed since 1957. The programme has
endured for several reasons. It is noncontroversial; it is shown at times that do
not interfere with other programmes; it
has a loyal following; and it is relatively
inexpensive to produce.
The programme has been honoured to
welcome famous guests, and not once has
there been a refusal. Some of the greatest
astronomers have joined us – Harlow

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Shapley, Harold Spencer Jones, Fred Hoyle,
Lord Rees of Ludlow – I could go on and
on; astronauts too, including the first man
in space, Yuri Gagarin; the first woman in
space, Valentina Tereshkova; and the first
men on the Moon, Neil Armstrong and
Buzz Aldrin.
In a way I find it difficult to realise that
The Sky at Night has been part of my life
now for over half a century. It’s a long time
– but it does give me immense pleasure
to realise that it has also been a part of
other people’s lives. I have always tried to
make sure that the programmes can be
understood by everyone, and I hope that
the recipe has worked. We also do our best
to report promptly when a new discovery
is made – such as July 2010’s ‘Monster
Star’ episode [no. 693]. Have I a favourite
showing? Well, I must go for that great
moment when we transmitted the first
pictures of the Moon’s far side [episode 32],
forever turned away from Earth.
But look along these 700 episodes and
make your choice. Everyone will think
differently. Over the years I believe that we
have been able to introduce a good many
people to the wonders of astronomy, and
this makes it all very much worthwhile.

At the age of 88 I cannot hope to see much
more, but I wish my successor the best of
luck. Here’s to the 800th Sky at Night!

Selsey, February 2011

KEY TO EPISODE LIST
Use this key to help find your way around the list
of programmes. Each entry appears like this:
272 THE AMATEUR ASTRONOMER 1
TX: 24.10.77 2
A tour of Paul Doherty’s home-built
observatory. 3
GUEST: Paul Doherty 4
ON THE CD ISSUE 57, February 2010 5
1 Episode number followed by title
2 The date(s) of transmission
3 Episode synopsis
4 Name of guest(s) on the show
5 You’ll see this line if we featured the episode
on Sky at Night Magazine’s coverdisc, detailing
the issue number of that magazine

THE SKY AT NIGHT EPISODE GUIDE

1 AREND-ROLAND COMET

17 UNKNOWN

31 UNKNOWN

TX: 24.4.57

TX: 23.7.58

TX: 28.9.59

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT – SEE BELOW

Moon craters and rockets.

Russian rocket hits the Moon and a new comet.

GUEST: Colin Ronan

GUEST: George Alcock

TX: 22.5.57

18 UNKNOWN

32 THE FRONT AND BACK OF THE MOON

Recent comet.

TX: 20.8.58

TX: 26.10.59

GUEST: WA Granger

Andromeda and other galaxies.

Russians took first photos of the far side of the Moon.

GUEST: DH Degenhardt

GUEST: Colin Ronan

19 LIFE ON OTHER PLANETS

33 PAIRS OF SUNS

TX: 17.9.58

TX: 16.11.59

4 UNKNOWN

Our Galaxy, globular clusters and the

Pairs of suns and further photos of the Moon.

TX: 25.7.57

possibility of life on other planets.

2 UNKNOWN

3 UNKNOWN
TX: 20.6.57

GUEST: Dr Harlow Shapley
5 UNKNOWN

34 WHAT WAS THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM?
TX: 14.12.59

TX: 19.8.57

20 UNKNOWN

GUEST: Henry Wildey

TX: 17.11.58
A look at Mars.

6 UNKNOWN

Various theories for the Star of Bethlehem.
35 THE GREAT SPIRAL
TX: 20.1.60

TX: 19.9.57

21 UNKNOWN

New comet, first seen by Clive Hare.

TX: 15.12.58

GUEST: Clive Hare

Volcanic eruptions on the Moon.

36 UNKNOWN

GUEST: Dr Gilbert Fielding

TX: 17.2.60

7 UNKNOWN

The Andromeda Galaxy.

Russian astronomy, and tracking Sputnik.

TX: 19.10.57

22 UNKNOWN

The Sun.

TX: 12.1.59

GUEST: Colin Ronan

Latest Russian rocket successes and recent volcanic

37 UNKNOWN

activities on the Moon.

TX: 16.3.60

GUESTS: Dr Percy Wilkins and GA Holde

Hopes for British satellites.

8 UNKNOWN
TX: 16.11.57
GUESTS: Reginald Edds and AH Degenhardt
9 UNKNOWN

GUEST: Prof Alla Masevich

GUEST: Dr Hugh Butler
23 UNKNOWN
TX: 9.2.59

38 UNKNOWN

Life and death of the Sun.

TX: 11.4.60

TX: 14.12.57

Comets and comet hunting.
24 UNKNOWN

10 UNKNOWN

TX: 9.3.59

TX: 8.1.58

Mercury and the Moon.

GUEST: Michael Candy
39 URANUS
TX: 11.5.60

Sirius.
25 UNKNOWN

The giant outer planet.

11 UNKNOWN

TX: 6.4.59

ON THE CD ISSUE 11, April 2006

TX: 5.2.58

Binary stars.

Radio astronomy and Jodrell Bank.

GUEST: Roger Griffin

GUEST: Dr RO Jennison
26 UNKNOWN
12 UNKNOWN

TX: 4.5.59

TX: 5.3.58

The shape of our Galaxy.

The Plough

GUEST: Dr Harlow Shapley

13 UNKNOWN

27 MINOR PLANETS

TX: 2.4.58

TX: 10.6.59

Penumbral eclipse and Mercury.

The lesser-known bodies of the Solar System.

14 UNKNOWN

28 UNKNOWN

TX: 30.4.58

TX: 8.7.59

The Moon from Hampstead Observatory.

Life on Venus.

GUEST: Henry Wildey

GUEST: Dr FL Jackson

15 UNKNOWN

29 UNKNOWN

TX: 28.5.58

TX: 5.8.59

A look at Jupiter.

Lights in the sky, sunspot emissions, aurorae.

GUEST: CM Butterthwaite

GUEST: Colin Ronan

16 UNKNOWN

30 UNKNOWN

TX: 20.6.58

TX: 31.8.59

Dwarf and giant stars.

Saturn – the ringed planet.

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
1 AREND-ROLAND COMET
On 4 April 1957, Patrick Moore was sitting in a BBC
studio at Lime Grove. “I was staring at a television
monitor,” says Patrick. “On the screen appeared
the words ‘The Sky at Night: a regular monthly
programme presented by Patrick Moore’. Then I
saw myself on the monitor and a thought flashed
through my mind: ‘My entire career depends on
what I do during the next 20 minutes.’” The first
ever episode looked at the discovery of Comet
Arend-Roland in November 1956.

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GUEST: Colin Ronan

Episode 57 focused on star clusters
and asked: how many stars are
there in the Seven Sisters?

57 STAR CLUSTERS
TX: 22.11.61
ON THE CD ISSUE 17, October 2007
58 A TELESCOPE FOR CHRISTMAS
TX: 20.12.61
GUEST: L Marsland Gander
59 UNKNOWN
TX: 17.1.62
Do volcanoes or meteorites cause Moon craters?
GUEST: Gilbert Fielder
60 LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE?
TX: 21.2.62
GUEST: Dr Francis Jackson
61 THE FURTHEST PLANET
TX: 14.3.62
Clyde Tombaugh, who discovered Pluto.
62 SPACE NEEDLES
TX: 25.4.62
GUEST: Colin Ronan

40 STAR CLOUDS OF SAGITTARIUS

and Prof Fred Hoyle.

63 THE SPACE FOG

TX: 8.6.60

GUEST: Prof WH McGregor

TX: 23.5.62

The star clouds of Sagittarius.
49 LIFE ON MARS

64 ASTRONOMY AND THE ANCIENTS

41 OTHER MOONS OF SATURN AND JUPITER

TX: 20.3.61

TX: 27.6.62

TX: 11.7.60

GUEST: Dr Francis L Jackson

Stonehenge and other stone circles.

50 LIFE ON THE MOON

65 SIGNALS FROM JUPITER

TX: 24.4.61

TX: 16.7.62

The moons of Saturn and Jupiter.
42 CELESTIAL FIREWORKS
TX: 8.8.60

Frank Hyde’s radio observatory.

Meteors and meteorites.

51 UNKNOWN

GUEST: HB Ridley

TX: 15.5.61
Venus – a look forward to Lunik 4 results.

43 UNKNOWN

GUEST: Frank Hyde
66 UNKNOWN
TX: 13.8.62

TX: 31.8.60

52 UNKNOWN

A look at Saturn.

Measuring the Universe.

TX: 5.6.61

GUESTS: George Hole and Dr AF O’Dalexander

GUEST: Sir Harold Spencer Jones

Radio astronomy.
GUEST: Frank Hyde

44 UNKNOWN

67 KEEPING SPACE CLEAN
TX: 10.9.62

TX: 27.9.60

53 UNKNOWN

Space debris.

Moonscape.

TX: 10.7.61

GUESTS: Bernard Lovell, Dr F Jackson and

GUEST: Gilbert Fielder

Cosmic Debris.

Dr George Hobby

GUESTS: Dr MH Hay and MS Brubrov
45 UNKNOWN
TX: 7.11.60

54 50TH PROGRAMME*

Astronomy in Russia.

TX: 21.8.61

68 ALGOL, THE DEMON STAR
TX: 17.10.62

George Hole’s telescope and Royal Observatory,

69 THE AMERICAN SPACECRAFT

46 UNKNOWN

Edinburgh.

TX: 21.11.62

TX: 5.12.60

GUEST: George Hole
*Three earlier episodes were ‘specials’, making
the ‘50th Programme’ number 54.

Pioneer 10.

ON THE CD ISSUE 4, September 2005

70 THE MOVING EARTH

Tektites.
GUEST: MH Hay
47 STORMS IN THE SUN

GUEST: Howard Miles

TX: 19.12.62

TX: 30.1.61

55 ASTRONOMY IN SPACE

Sunspots.

TX: 18.9.61

GUEST: WM Baxter

The mounting of telescopes in satellites.

71 SPACE 63

GUEST: Dr Hugh Butler

TX: 23.1.63

TX: 23.2.61

56 HAS THE EARTH THREE MOONS?

72 SPACE STATIONS FOR MARS

The respective theories of Prof Sir Martin Ryle

TX: 30.10.61

TX: 20.2.63

GUEST: Colin Ronan

BBC

48 UNKNOWN

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73 VENUS REVEALED

89 ANCIENT AND MODERN

TX: 20.3.63

TX: 1.5.64

Results of Mariner 2.

Armagh Observatory and the Magellanic Clouds.

GUEST: Howard Miles

GUEST: Dr EM Lindsay

74 UNKNOWN

90 MOON GATHERING

TX: 5.4.63

TX: 5.6.64

Jodrell Bank.

New York symposium on the structure of the Moon.

The producers

GUESTS: P Stewart and Bernard Lovell
91 MIDSUMMER SENSE
75 EXPLODING STARS

TX: 26.6.64

TX: 17.4.63

Stonehenge and Egyptian theories of the Sun and
planets.

76 SCIENCE FACT & SCIENCE FICTION

GUEST: Henry Brinton

TX: 17.5.63
Including a report on the discovery of Barnard’s Star.

92 QUASARS

GUESTS: Anthony Michaelis and Dr Van de Kamp

TX: 24.7.64
Description given to recently discovered objects.

77 THE BIRTH OF THE PLANETS

GUEST: Colin Ronan

TX: 12.6.63
93 RED GIANT, YELLOW PLANET, BLUE SUN
78 THE ACTIVE MOON

TX: 21.8.64

TX: 16.7.63
Russian report on traces of volcanic activity.

94 EXPLOSION IN SPACE

GUEST: Dr T Morris Sugden

TX: 18.9.64
GUEST: Frank Hyde

79 ECLIPSE OF THE SUN
TX: 21.7.63

95 PLANET EARTH

Special edition.

TX: 30.10.64
GUEST: Kenneth Fea

80 SUNSPOTS (THE SUN IN ACTION)
TX: 13.8.63

96 THE LEONID METEORS

Cosmic ray flare on the Sun of 16 July 1959.

TX: 13.11.64

GUEST: Prof CW Allen

GUEST: Harold Ridley

81 MANNED BASES ON THE MOON

97 HOW OLD IS THE EARTH?

TX: 10.9.63

TX: 11.12.64

GUEST: Arthur C Clarke

Current evidence on formation of Solar System.
GUEST: Henry Brinton

82 MEASURING THE UNIVERSE
TX: 11.10.63

98 UNWELCOME ATMOSPHERES

GUEST: Henry Brinton

TX: 15.1.65

83 JUPITER DISTURBED

99 LAVA OR DUST?

TX: 6.11.63

TX: 12.3.65
Ranger 8 photos of Moon’s surface.

84 STAR MYTHS
TX: 13.12.63

100 ANCIENT LORE

GUEST: Colin Ronan

TX: 2.4.65
Mythology of stars.

85 GHOSTS OF THE UNIVERSE
TX: 10.1.64

101 NAKED EYE ASTRONOMY
TX: 30.4.65

86 SIGNALS FROM JUPITER

Useful observations without instruments.

TX: 7.2.64

GUEST: Henry Brinton

Jupiter research and Lunik 6.
GUESTS: Peter Stewart, Howard Miles

102 HOW LONG IS A DAY?

and Frank Hyde

TX: 4.6.65

87 THE SURFACE OF THE MOON

103 SPACE WEATHER

– ROCK OR DUST?

TX: 25.6.65

TX: 6.3.64

GUEST: Kenneth Fea

Recent flight of Ranger 6 to the Moon.
104 COMMUNICATING WITH OTHER WORLDS
88 SPACE NAVIGATION

TX: 23.7.65

TX: 3.4.64

GUESTS: D King-Hele, Dr F Drake, G Hole, Prof

GUEST: Henry Brinton

Shklovsky And Dr JG Porter

Pat Owtram
Producer 1966 to 1974
What was your first episode?
The first programme I did was on the 5th of
August 1966, called ‘Sun Time’ [episode
120]. It was about the use of sundials in
modern astronomy and was filmed in the
garden of Sir Allan Herbert, an MP and keen
astronomer, which was full of sundials. I didn’t
know anything about astronomy and I thought
‘If it’s called The Sky at Night, why are we
spending the day filming sundials?’
What was it like working with Patrick?
It was very good fun because he’s very
enthusiastic. He’s very loyal to the
programme; nothing would make him miss
an episode. I never tried to learn too much
about astronomy, because I thought that if I
didn’t really understand something, the best
thing I could do would be to say: “I don’t
think that’s quite clear to me, Patrick,” and
then he would think of a perfectly clear way
of putting it – he’s a brilliant communicator.
What is your favourite episode that
you produced?
My favourite show of all was the ‘The African
Eclipse’ [episode 215] covering a total eclipse
of the Sun that took place at midday on the
30th of June 1973. The track of the eclipse
went right across Africa, so Patrick and I got
on a boat from Liverpool and filmed the
eclipse off the coast of Mauretania. Patrick
was filmed during totality, telling you to look
out for solar flares and other phenomena.
What was it like producing the show during
the Apollo missions?
We had some really exciting ones. For
instance, we went to Houston for the press
conference when the first three astronauts
came back. They brought these little Moon
rocks with them and it was absolutely
fantastic to think that a day or two ago
these were on the Moon. Later on we had
Neil Armstrong on a programme [episode
181] when he came over to England. He
was very nice and easy to talk to.

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105 MARS IN SHOT

121 THE OUTER GALAXIES

TX: 18.8.67

TX: 20.8.65

TX: 9.9.66

The discovery of Nova Delphini.

Mariner 4 photos.

Distant galaxies, Lunar Orbiter 1, Lunik 2 and comets.

GUEST: George Alcock

GUEST: Prof PA Wayman
106 RETHINKING THE UNIVERSE

134 INVISIBLE ASTRONOMY

TX: 17.9.65

122 THE PLANET WITH THE RINGS

TX: 15.9.67

Quasars, recently discovered, have cast doubt on

TX: 14.10.66

GUEST: Colin Ronan

existing knowledge.

A close look at Saturn.
135 CAMERAS AROUND THE MOON

GUEST: Prof Graham Smith
123 FIREWORKS FROM SPACE

TX: 13.10.67

107 NINETY EIGHT INCHES

TX: 11.11.66

How photos are sent back from the Moon.

TX: 8.10.65

The Leonid Meteor Shower.

GUEST: HJP Arnold

The Isaac Newton Telescope.

GUEST: Harold Ridley
136 VENUS OBSERVED

GUESTS: J Espie, GM Sisson and Sir Richard Woolley
124. THE END OF THE WORLD

TX: 10.11.67

108 THE COMET – SPECIAL EDITION

TX: 9.12.66

GUEST: Col Valeri Bykovsky

TX: 21.10.65

Report of a meteor shower in America.
137 LUMPS FROM OUTER SPACE

GUEST: Harold Ridley
109 THE UNSTEADY UNIVERSE

TX: 8.12.67

TX: 5.11.65

125. THE GIANT PLANET

Meteors.

Theories on the origin of the Universe.

TX: 6.1.67

GUEST: Dr GJH McCall

GUESTS: Dr Shakeshaft and Dr Scheuer

Jupiter and the latest Moon pictures.
138 HOME BUILT OBSERVATORIES

GUEST: Barbara Middlehurst
110 THE EXTRA PLANET
TX: 3.12.65

TX: 5.1.68
126. OBSERVING EARTH

Henry Hatfield’s Observatory.

SATELLITES
111 THE MOONS OF JUPITER

TX: 3.2.67

TX: 14.1.66

How amateurs can track

GUEST: Frank Hyde

satellites.

112 RUSSIAN MOON SHOT – SPECIAL EDITION

GUEST: Henry Hatfield
139 CALENDARS OF OTHER
WORLDS

GUEST: Desmond

TX: 2.2.68

King-Hele

The length of days on

TX: 11.2.66

other planets.
127 GAS CLOUDS IN

113 THE BARWELL METEORITE

SPACE

TX: 11.2.66

TX: 3.3.67

The village of Barwell is hit by a meteorite.

Planetary nebulae where

GUESTS: Dr M Hey, Howard Miles, Mr Grucock

new stars are forming, and

140 THE NEW
PLANETARIUM
TX: 1.3.68
Armagh Planetarium.

Lunar Orbiter 3.
114 MAN ON THE MOON
GUESTS: Gilbert Fielder, Sir Bernard Lovell

128 CRATERS ON THE MOON
TX: 31.3.67

115 STARS IN THEIR COURSES

141 BLACK CLOUDS IN THE GALAXY

GUEST: Dr Vinicio Barocas

TX: 11.3.66

GUEST: Dr JGH McCall

Þ Episode 125 took

a closer look at the gas
giant Jupiter

TX: 12.4.66

TX: 29.3.68
GUEST: Iain Nicolson
142 FLIGHTS OF SPACE FANCY
TX: 26.4.68

Is astronomy a good basis for further education?

129 THE PAST 10 YEARS OF THE

GUESTS: Dr Ron Maddison and Prof DJE Ingram

SKY AT NIGHT

GUEST: Michael Bentine

TX: 28.4.67

143 A CLOSE PASS BY ICARUS

116 SOLAR ECLIPSE

Clips of the solar eclipse (15.2.61); Sir R Woolley

TX: 24.5.68

TX: 6.5.66

(3.6.66); Martian experiment (20.3.61);

The nature and movement of asteroids.

The partial eclipse of 20.5.66.

50th programme (21.8.61).

GUEST: Dr Vinicio Barocas

117 AMERICAN MOON SOFT LANDING

130 A NEW LOOK AT MARS

144 THE UNQUIET SUN

TX: 3.6.66

TX: 26.5.67

TX: 21.6.68

The possibility of life on Mars.

Sunspots.

GUEST: Harold Ridley

GUEST: William M Baxter

The History of the Astronomers Royal.

131 VEGA

145 PULSARS

GUEST: Sir Richard Woolley

TX: 23.6.67

TX: 19.7.68

One of the bright stars in the Summer Triangle.

GUESTS: Sir Bernard Lovell, Dr Antony Hewish and

GUEST: Dr Vinicio Barocas

Prof Graham Smith

132 LORD ROSSE’S GREAT TELESCOPE

146 THE STRUCTURE OF THE MOON

TX: 21.7.67

TX: 16.8.68

120 SUN TIME

A history of the telescope, filmed At Birr Castle.

GUEST: Peter Cattermole

TX: 5.8.66

GUEST: The Earl Of Rosse

118 THE ROYAL OBSERVATORY

NASA/JPL/UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA, BBC

TX: 3.6.66

119 ACTIVITY ON THE MOON
TX: 8.7.66
GUESTS: Peter Satory and Barbara Middlehurst

147 THE SIBERIAN ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

Use of sundials in modern astronomy and Surveyor 1.
GUESTS: Henry Brinton, Sir Alan Herbert

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133 EXPLODING STARS

TX: 9.9.68

THE SKY AT NIGHT EPISODE GUIDE

148 THE TOTAL ECLIPSE OF THE SUN

162 MOONQUAKES

178 ASTRONOMERS IN THE SPACE AGE

TX: 7.10.68

TX: 18.8.69

TX: 25.8.70

GUEST: Ron Maddison

GUEST: Dr Garry Latham

149 THE CLOCK OF SPACE

163 RELATIVITY

TX: 15.9.70

TX: 4.11.68

TX: 9.9.69

GUESTS: Dr Maurice Ewing and Dr Garry Latham

GUESTS: Dr de Jager and Prof John Davies

GUEST: Prof S Tolansky

150 VENUS – THE HOT PLANET

164 STARS THAT COME AND GO

TX: 14.10.70

TX: 2.12.68

TX: 7.10.69

Lunar 16 and the Grand Tour and the IAU conference

GUEST: Henry Hatfield

Variable stars.

on Tombaugh’s discovery of Pluto.

GUESTS: Julian Jones and John S Glasby

GUESTS: Iain Nicolson and Prof Clyde Tombaugh

179 MOON QUAKES

180 ROCKETS TO THE PLANETS

151 THE MOON AND THE EARTH

ON THE CD ISSUE 9, February 2006 (clip)

TX: 30.12.68

165 THE MOONS OF SATURN

Superstitions associated with Moon and Apollo 8 orbit.

TX: 4.11.69

GUESTS: Henry Brinton, Bert Foord and JP Hutchinson

181 INFRARED ASTRONOMY & NEIL ARMSTRONG
TX: 18.11.70

166 THE GRAND TOUR

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT – SEE BELOW

152 THE MOON – A NEW ERA

TX: 2.12.69

ON THE CD ISSUE 29, October 2007

TX: 27.1.69

The plan to visit all the major planets.

The future of space research; possible contamination

GUESTS: Iain Nicolson and Dr William Pickering

182 PLANETS OF OTHER SUNS
TX: 16.12.70

of Mars by space probes.
GUESTS: Prof SK Runcorn, Prof S Tolansky, Sir Bernard

167 A YEAR OF SPACE

Lovell, Dr Collinson, Dr Rosch, Raymond Baxter and

TX: 24.12.69

JG Davies

GUESTS: Dr Robert Leighton and Dr William Pickering

153 HOW MUCH CAN YOU SEE?

168 WANDERERS IN SPACE

TX: 24.2.69

TX: 12.1.70

Studying stars with a telescope.

GUESTS: Colin Ronan and Keith Hindley

GUEST: Dr Peter van de Kamp
183 THE APPROACH OF MARS
TX: 13.1.71

GUEST: Mark Steele

GUESTS: Robert Leighton and Prof Clyde Tombaugh
184 RUSSIAN AND AMERICAN SPACE ACHIEVEMENTS
TX: 3.2.71

169 MOONROCK
154 JUPITER – THE GIANT PLANET

TX: 12.1.70

185 SIRIUS THE DOG STAR

TX: 24.3.69

Moon marbles.

TX: 3.3.71

GUEST: Terence Moseley

GUEST: Prof S Tolansky

GUEST: Dr Vinicio Barocas

155 THE MOON AND THE EARTH

170 GALAXY MACHINE

186 A BLACK HOLE IN SPACE

TX: 21.4.69

TX: 27.1.70

TX: 1.4.71

The possible effect of the Moon on weather.

Orion and galaxy-measuring machine.

GUEST: Prof Samuel Tolansky

GUESTS: Bert Foord, Dr J Hutchinson and Henry

GUESTS: PB Fellgett and Dr Vincent Reddish
187 JUPITER – THE OTHER MAGNETIC PLANET

Brinton
171 THE CRAB NEBULA

TX: 27.4.71

156 MARS: TARGET TWO

TX: 24.2.70

GUESTS: Dr Raymond Hide and James Burke

TX: 19.5.69

GUEST: Dr Vinicio Barocas

The possibility of plant life on Mars.
GUEST: Keith Reid

172 TOTAL ECLIPSE IN MEXICO
TX: 7.3.70

157 RECENT MOON PICTURES
TX: 30.5.69

173 PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE MOON
TX: 23.3.70

158 WHEN VENUS CROSSES THE SUN

GUEST: HJP Arnold

TX: 16.6.69
The transit of Venus from Tahiti in 1769.

174 WHEN MERCURY CROSSES

GUESTS: Dr Vinicio Barocas and Derek Howse

THE SUN
TX: 28.4.70

159 THE NEEDLES OF SPACE

GUEST: Frank Acfield

TX: 14.7.69
Possible danger of meteorites hitting Moon spacecraft.

175 BACK GARDEN OBSERVATORIES

GUEST: Dr NH Langton

TX: 26.5.70
GUEST: Frank Acfield

160 SKY AT NIGHT SPECIAL – MARINER AT MARS

ON THE CD ISSUE 47, April 2009

TX: 3.8.69
GUESTS: Prof S Tolansky, Dr Gilbert Fielder, Sir

176 STEERING BY THE STARS

Bernard Lovell And Dr E Pickering

TX: 16.6.70
The history of early navigation.

161 FLY PAST MARS

GUESTS: Derek Howse and James Burke

TX: 11.8.69
Mariner 7 flew over the southern hemisphere

177 THE MOONS OF MARS

of Mars.

TX: 14.7.70

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
181 NEIL ARMSTRONG
In this episode Patrick talked to the first man on
the Moon, Neil Armstrong. The astronaut
discussed what it was like to walk on the surface
and the possibility of future Moon bases. Since
the Moon landings, Armstrong has famously shied
away from the media spotlight, making this a very
rare and interesting interview.
GUESTS: Prof Jim Ring, Dr Michael Selby, Mark
Doomer and Neil Armstrong
ON THE CD ISSUE 29, October 2007

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The story of a supernova seen 400 years ago.
209 1973 – AN EXCITING YEAR
TX: 8.1.73
210 PRACTICAL WORK IN THE OBSERVATORY
TX: 7.2.73
211 SIRIUS – THE BRIGHTEST STAR
TX: 19.3.73
212 THE ECLIPSE OF THE CENTURY
TX: 2.4.73
Preparations for the June total eclipse.
GUESTS: Dr Alan Gabriel and Dr John Beckman
213 HOW BIG ARE THE PLANETS?
TX: 30.4.73
Measurements of the planets with infrared.
GUESTS: Gordon Taylor and David Allen

Episode 188, ‘Orbiting Space
Stations’, focused on man’s
permanent bases in space
such as Skylab (pictured)

214 THE COLOURS OF THE STARS
TX: 4.6.73
GUEST: James Burke
215 THE AFRICAN ECLIPSE
TX: 11.7.73

188 ORBITING SPACE STATIONS

198 MARS – A DYNAMIC WORLD

The total eclipse of 30 June.

TX: 8.6.71

TX: 1.3.72

GUESTS: Henry Hatfield, Dr RJ Soper, John James,

GUESTS: Geoffrey Pardoe and Tony Nicholson

Dr Barrie Jones and Dr John Beckman
199 WHAT DO YOU WANT TO KNOW?

189 TRACKING THE STARS

TX: 27.3.72

216 NAVIGATIONAL ASTRONOMY

TX: 30.6.71

Viewers’ questions answered.

TX: 1.8.73

GUESTS: Henry Brinton, Henry Hatfield and HL Pugh

GUEST: Henry Hatfield
200 15TH ANNIVERSARY PROGRAMME

190 HOW FAR ARE THE STARS?

TX: 12.4.72

217 VENUS – A CRATERED WORLD

TX: 21.7.71

GUESTS: Henry Hatfield, Prof Antony Hewish and

TX: 29.8.73

Demonstration of star distances.

Prof Jim Ring

Significance of new radar maps showing craters
ON THE CD ISSUE 20, January 2007

GUESTS: Pupils of Holmewood House School, Kent
201 THE 10TH PLANET
191 MARS COMES CLOSE

TX: 24.5.72

218 THE MOON ILLUSION

TX: 18.8.71

GUEST: Dr Brady (phone call)

TX: 18.9.73

GUEST: Dr Geoffrey Eglington

The optical illusion that affects the size of the Moon.
202 MIDSUMMER AND MEGALITHS

192 THE LIFE AND DEATH OF A STAR

TX: 21.6.72

TX: 15.9.71

GUEST: Prof Gerald Hawkins

GUEST: Iain Nicolson

219 THE VOLCANOES OF MARS
TX: 17.10.73

203 JUPITER – THE COLOSSAL PLANET
193 KEPLER – GENIUS AND MYSTIC

TX: 19.7.72

TX: 13.10.71

GUEST: Sir Martin Ryle

GUEST: Colin Ronan

GUESTS: Dr Ron Maddison and Dr Kohoutek
220 WHEN MERCURY CROSSES THE SUN
TX: 7.11.73

204 THE ANDROMEDA GALAXY
194 TARGET MARS

GUEST: Dr Richard Gregory

A transit of Mercury.

TX: 16.8.72
221 JUPITER

TX: 17.11.71
Drawings of the surface and dust storms of Mars.

205. AN EXPLODED PLANET

TX: 12.12.73

GUESTS: Arthur Cross and Gilbert Fielder

TX: 18.9.72

Pioneer 10 space probe.

195 A TELESCOPE COMES HOME

206 MARS

TX: 7.12.71

TX: 2.10.72

222 KOHOUTEK’S COMET

GUESTS: Sir Richard Woolley and Derek Howse

GUEST: Arthur Cross

TX: 28.12.73

196 THE GREAT BEAR

207 COLLAPSING STARS

TX: 12.1.72

TX: 30.10.72

223 POSITIONAL ASTRONOMY

GUEST: Prof S Tolansky

TX: 27.1.74

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

NASA, BBC

GUEST: Dr Kohoutek

197 X-RAY STARS

GUEST: Gilbert Satterthwaite

TX: 2.2.72

208 TYCHO’S STAR

GUESTS: Dr Peter Willmore and Dr Kenneth Pounds

TX: 4.12.72

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224 SATURN AND ITS SATELLITES

THE SKY AT NIGHT EPISODE GUIDE

TX: 19.2.74

GUEST: Prof Clyde Tombaugh

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

255 VIKING TO MARS
TX: 15.7.76

241 THE MYSTERIOUS X-RAYS

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT – SEE BELOW

225 MILKY WAY & MARS PROBES

TX: 30.5.75

TX: 20.3.74

X-Ray sources discovered by Ariel 5.

256 VIKING ON MARS

Failure of Russian Mars probes to send back pictures.

GUEST: Prof Peter Willmore

TX: 11.8.76

226 MESSENGER TO MERCURY

242 THE HOT CLOUDS OF THE SUN

TX: 24.4.74

TX: 1.7.75

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

Film of amateur spectrohelioscope at Commander

257 HOW FAR CAN YOU SEE?

Hatfield’s observatory.

TX: 10.9.76

GUEST: Henry Hatfield

GUEST: Dr Peter Simmonds

The possibility of life existing elsewhere in the Universe.

243 THE NEW MOON

258 VIKING – THE END OF THE BEGINNING

GUEST: Dr Carl Sagan

TX: 28.7.75

TX: 28.9.76

Sixth anniversary of the first manned Moon landing.

Results of the Viking mission.

228 THE DAYLIGHT STAR

GUESTS: Prof Geoffrey Eglington, Dr David Lammlein,

GUESTS: Prof Geoffrey Eglington and Dr Garry Hunt

TX: 12.6.74

Prof Keith Runcorn, Prof R Meissner, Prof Gerry

The Sun.

Wasserburg and Dr John O’Keefe

Viking 1 lands on the surface of Mars.

227 LIFE IN THE UNIVERSE

GUESTS: Prof Geoffrey Eglington and Dr Garry Hunt

TX: 15.5.74

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

259 A NEW LOOK FROM GREENWICH
TX: 28.10.76

244 THE GALILEAN SATELLITES

GUEST: Dr Percy Seymour

229 THE HEART OF THE SCORPION

TX: 28.8.75

TX: 10.7.74

Jupiter’s four largest moons.

260 QUASARS – THE REMOTEST OBJECTS

The red star, Antares.

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

IN THE UNIVERSE

230 SHOOTING STARS

245 THE ORIGIN OF THE UNIVERSE

TX: 7.8.74

TX: 23.9.75

The Perseid Meteor Shower and how to

Remote objects studied from balloon.

261 THE EVENING STAR

photograph it.

GUEST: Dr John Beckman

TX: 15.12.76

TX: 24.11.76

GUEST: Ronald Spillman

GUEST: Dr Simon Mitton

Venus
246 NEW STAR IN CYGNUS

231 CHOOSING A TELESCOPE

TX: 22.10.75

262 SIRIUS – THE DOG STAR

TX: 4.9.74

GUESTS: Dr Garry Hunt, Roger Wood, Peter

TX: 17.1.77

Andrews and Diane Harmer

The density of Sirius and the former state of the Pup.

232 LORD ROSSE’S TELESCOPE
TX: 2.10.74

GUEST: Dr Iain Nicolson
247 THE ROCKS ON VENUS
TX: 12.11.75

263 TRAVEL IN SPACE AND TIME

233 THE CHANGING FORCE OF GRAVITY

Russian landing on Venus.

TX: 17.2.77

TX: 30.10.74

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

Astronomers’ terms to describe the size of the

GUEST: Colin Ronan

Universe.
248 THE SEARCH FOR LIFE IN

234 EROS – THE WANDERER IN SPACE

THE UNIVERSE

TX: 26.11.74

TX: 10.12.75

GUEST: Dr Ron Maddison

GUEST: Gordon Taylor
249 THE CHANGING FACE OF MARS
235 THE YEAR OF THE PLANETS

TX: 21.1.76

TX: 18.12.74

Look forward to Viking probe.

Review of space missions.

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt

GUEST: Dr Garry Hunt
250 THE POLE STAR
236 ORION THE HUNTER

TX: 18.2.76

TX: 6.1.75
GUEST: Dr David Allen

251 BLACK HOLES IN SPACE
TX: 18.3.76

237 NEW NORTHERN HEMISPHERE LABORATORY

GUEST: Iain Nicolson

TX: 6.2.75
GUEST: Dr Graham Smith

252 THE RINGS OF SATURN
TX: 21.4.76

238 ALGOL – THE WINKING DEMON

A look forward to the pass of Pioneer 11.

TX: 5.3.75
253 THE SUN AND THE EARTH
239 ASTRONOMY OF THE INFRARED

TX: 20.5.76

TX: 10.4.75

GUEST: Dr Ron Maddison

GUEST: Prof Jim Ring
254 NEUTRON STARS
240 THE OUTER PLANETS

TX: 14.6.76

TX: 30.4.75

X-Ray results from Ariel 5.

SKY AT NIGHT HIGHLIGHT
255 VIKING TO MARS
Before Viking 1 made its landing on Mars, The Sky
at Night examined what kind of surface the lander
would encounter. Enter the expertise of model
maker Mat Irvine: “There were three small landers
that I made reasonably heavy, and I built up a
base that incorporated three surfaces on which
to drop them,” recalls Mat. Patrick, Prof Geoffrey
Eglington and co-presenter Garry Hunt can be seen
using the models on the show in the picture above.
GUESTS: Geoffrey Eglington and Garry Hunt

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