Tuesday, April 6, 2010

BBC | Wonders of the Solar System | Episode 4: Dead or Alive

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Aired March 28, 2010 on BBC Two
Professor Brian Cox visits some of the most stunning locations on Earth to describe how the laws of nature have carved natural wonders across the solar system.

The worlds that surround our planet are all made of rock, but there the similarity ends. Some have a beating geological heart, others are frozen in time. Brian travels to the tallest mountain on Earth, the volcano Mauna Kea on Hawaii, to show how something as basic as a planet's size can make the difference between life and death. Even on the summit of this volcano, Brian would stand in the shade of the tallest mountain in the solar system, an extinct volcano on Mars called Olympus Mons, which rises up 27 km.

Yet the fifth wonder in the series isn't on a planet at all. It's on a tiny moon of Jupiter. The discoveries made on Io have been astonishing. This fragment of rock should be cold and dead, yet, with the volcanic landscape of eastern Ethiopia as a backdrop, Brian reveals why Io is home to extraordinary lakes of lava and giant volcanic plumes that erupt 500 km into the sky.
Episode 1: Empire of the Sun
Episode 2: Order out of Chaos
Episode 3: The Thin Blue Line
Episode 5 is now available on BBC iPlayer (UK only)


  1. R€LIGION $TINKS OF MONE¥April 6, 2010 at 3:53 PM

    Thanks for uploading, I absolutely love this series.

    I hope they come back with a second series.

  2. Brian Cox has written on his facebook page (and twitter):
    <span> </span><span>I hope you enjoyed that series, the next next series of wonders is called "Universal" - same crew + BBC science team, but the whole Universe this time - start filming May 11th. :) </span>

  3. now thats a good news. :-D

  4. R€LIGION $TINKS OF MONE¥April 7, 2010 at 2:22 PM

    The BBC know they have a winner on their hands!

    That´s fabulous news, thanks for sharing Martin. ;)

  5. thank you Brian this is very interesting  and educational news