The Sky at Night (1957– )

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Presenter: I was invited to a science meeting, and to a small reception afterwards... and there was Albert Einstein. He is, without a doubt, worthy to rank with Newton, and I found him to be exactly what I expected; unworldly, communicative and blissfully unaware of his unique status. I remember asking him if he could explain "infinity" in non-mathematical terms, and he replied that he had never been able to do so in a way that would really satisfy him. Well, if Einstein couldn't, I am sure that nobody ...
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At the Castle Gate
from the Pelléas et Mélisande Suite
by Jean Sibelius
Performed by the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Conducted by Thomas Beecham (as Sir Thomas Beecham) in 1955
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Excellent, accessible & educational Watch it while you can...
28 October 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

You don't need to know anything about astronomy to enjoy The Sky at Night. Patrick Moore, his co-presenters and guests make sure that whatever topics they are discussing, whether meteoroids or supernovae, dark matter or Moonquakes, all are explained so that casual viewers can have some level of understanding. Educational and accessible, you would have thought the BBC would promote the programme and build on the way it is not afraid to discuss challenging theories and ideas about the stars, the nature of matter, the universe and lots more (pardon the pun). Sadly TSAN appears is being gradually pushed more and more to the margins of BBC output, shifted to BBC World or BBC4, almost no promotion, and with no crossover where it could be most valuable in an educational role, between TSAN and children's programmes. Just like the stars in the heavens, it takes a little bit of time and effort to find TSAN - but it is very much worth your while. Do it while you can!


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