50 years backwards, 50 years forwards

If you're in the UK (or can watch BBC1 some other way) check out the 50th anniversary episode of the Sky at Night tonight at 11.30pm. The episode is titled "Time Lord" and that evokes images of that other great (and traditionally low budget) BBC programme Doctor Who. The April episode transports Patrick Moore back into 1957 to talk to his younger self (played by the great Jon Culshaw according to Chris Lintott) and then into 2057 to talk to a virtual Patrick and rather old looking Brian May and Chris Lintott. Chris says (assuming it isn't an April fool) that the virtual Patrick will resemble his incarnation in the early nineties Channel 4 programme Gamesmaster which will be great to see. The idea of this time travelling is to see how much astronomy has changed since the dawn of the space age and how it might change in the next 50 years. It sounds as though this episode will be a lot of fun.

It will be repeated tomorrow night on BBC4 and next Saturday on BBC2. For those without access to UK TV, you should be able to see it on the website archives in a week or so.

Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Sunday 01st Apr 2007 (16:41 GMT) | Permalink
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