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Encyclopedia > The Sky at Night
The Sky at Night

Opening title of the television programme
Genre Astronomy
Starring Patrick Moore
Chris Lintott
Country of origin United Kingdom
Running time 30 mins
Original run 24 April 1957 – present
External links
Official website
IMDb profile

The Sky at Night is a monthly television programme on astronomy produced by the BBC. The show has had the same permanent presenter, Sir Patrick Moore, from its first airing on 24 April 1957, making it one of the longest-running programmes[1] with the same presenter in television history.[2] For other persons named Patrick Moore, see Patrick Moore (disambiguation). ... Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist. ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... For other uses, see Astronomy (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see BBC (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Patrick Moore, see Patrick Moore (disambiguation). ... is the 114th day of the year (115th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ...

The programme's initial and closing theme music is At the Castle Gate, from the incidental music to Pelléas et Mélisande by Jean Sibelius. This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Johan Julius Christian Jean / Janne Sibelius ( ; December 8, 1865 – September 20, 1957) was a Finnish composer of classical music and one of the most notable composers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. ...



The programme covers a wide range of general astronomical and space-related topics. In the past, general topics have included stellar life cycles, radio astronomy, artificial satellites, black holes, neutron stars and many others. The programme also covers what is happening in the night sky at the time it is being broadcast, especially when something less common, such as a comet or a meteor shower, is present. Projected timeline of the Suns life In astronomy, stellar evolution is the process by which a star undergoes a sequence of radical changes during its lifetime. ... The Very Large Array, a radio interferometer in New Mexico, USA Radio astronomy is a subfield of astronomy that studies celestial objects in the radio frequency portion of the electromagnetic spectrum. ... This article is about artificial satellites. ... For other uses, see Black hole (disambiguation). ... For the story by Larry Niven, see Neutron Star (story). ... Comet Hale-Bopp Comet West For other uses, see Comet (disambiguation). ... A meteor shower, some of which are known as a meteor storm or meteor outburst, is a celestial event where a group of meteors are observed to radiate from one point in the sky. ...

Explaining the show's enduring appeal, Moore said: "Astronomy's a fascinating subject. You look up... you can't help getting interested and it's there. We've tried to bring it to the people.. it's not me, it's the appeal of the subject."[3]

Notable guests

Many of the world's leading astronomers have appeared on the show through the years, including Harlow Shapley, who was the first to measure the size of the Milky Way galaxy, Fred Hoyle and Carl Sagan.[4] Harlow Shapley in his earlier years. ... The Milky Way (a translation of the Latin Via Lactea, in turn derived from the Greek Galaxia Kuklos; or simply the Galaxy) is a barred spiral galaxy in the Local Group, and has special significance to humanity as the location of the solar system, which is located near the Orion... Sir Frederick Hoyle, FRS, (born on June 24, 1915 in Gilstead, Yorkshire, England – August 20, 2001 in Bournemouth, England)[1] was a British astronomer, he was educated at Bingley Grammar School and notable for a number of his theories that run counter to current astronomical opinion, and a writer of... Insert non-formatted text here Carl Edward Sagan (November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer and astrobiologist and a highly successful popularizer of astronomy, astrophysics, and other natural sciences. ...

In July 2004, Moore was unable to make the broadcast due to a severe bout of Salmonellosis.[5] He was replaced for this one occasion by the cosmologist Chris Lintott of Oxford University, but returned for the August programme. This is the only occasion in 50 years that Moore has not hosted the programme. Salmonellosis is an infection with Salmonella bacteria. ... Chris Lintott is an astrophysicist. ... The University of Oxford, located in the city of Oxford in England, is the oldest university in the English-speaking world. ...

Brian May (of Queen fame), a Ph.D. in Astrophysics [6], is a guest on the show from time to time. For the Australian film composer, see Brian May (composer). ... Queen are an English rock band formed in 1971 in London by guitarist Brian May, lead vocalist Freddie Mercury, and drummer Roger Taylor, with bassist John Deacon joining the following year. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... Spiral Galaxy ESO 269-57 Astrophysics is the branch of astronomy that deals with the physics of the universe, including the physical properties (luminosity, density, temperature, and chemical composition) of celestial objects such as stars, galaxies, and the interstellar medium, as well as their interactions. ...

On 1 April 2007, Sir Patrick presented the 50th Anniversary edition of the show, a special "time travel" edition which included the appearance of Jon Culshaw. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Jonathan Peter Culshaw (born 2 June 1968 in Ormskirk, Lancashire) is a British impressionist and comedian. ...

Commemorative honours

The International Astronomical Union celebrated the 50th anniversary of the show by naming asteroid 57424 Caelumnoctu (the number refering to the first broadcast date and the name being Latin for "The Sky at Night"). IAU redirects here. ...

In February 2007 the Royal Mail issued a set of six astronomy stamps to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the programme. For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... Royal Mail is the national postal service of the United Kingdom. ...


  1. ^ One of longest running TV shows http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3869941.stm Retrieved 09/10/07
  2. ^ Biography of Sir Patrick Moore http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/space/spaceguide/skyatnight/patrickmoore.shtml Retrieved 4/Jan/07
  3. ^ Astronomy a fascinating subject http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6238447.stm Retrieved 09/10/07
  4. ^ Leading astronomers on The Sky At Night http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6238447.stm Retrieved 09/10/07
  5. ^ Food poisoning http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/tv_and_radio/3869941.stm Retrieved 09/10/07
  6. ^ Queen Guitarist Brian May Gets Astrophysics Doctorate http://www.space.com/entertainment/070824_brian_may.html Retrieved 01/23/08

External links

The domain name bbc. ...

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