Sun

It's an alien landscape were magnetic tornado's twist upwards ten's of thousand's of miles. Mysterious dark spots large enough to engulf the earth. And violent eruptions shoots ton's of charged particles into space at speed of over two million miles per hour. This is not some strange world on the other side of the galaxy, this is our Sun. And now, new technologies are allowing us to see it like never before. (www.youtube.com)

The events that led to the formation of our solar system have for centuries been shrouded in mystery. Advances in astronomical technology have allowed scientists to uncover the truth behind the birth of our mighty solar system. (www.youtube.com)

Take a look at the science and mythic history of our relationship with the sun, with an eye for its lesser known and most recently uncovered secrets. (www.youtube.com)

There is a new kind of weather to worry about, and it comes from our nearest star.

Scientists are expecting a fit of violent activity on the sun which will propel billions of tonnes of superheated gas and pulses of energy towards our planet. They have the power to close down our modern technological civilisation - e.g. in 1989, a solar storm cut off the power to the Canadian city of Quebec.

Horizon meets the space weathermen who are trying to predict what is coming our way, and organistions like the National Grid, who are preparing for the impending solar storms. (www.youtube.com)

Mankind has been fascinated with our red planetary neighbor since the dawn of time. Years after the scare caused by Orson Welles' War of the Worlds broadcast, we've dismissed the idea that Mars is inhabited by "little green men". Some imaginative Mars enthusiasts, however, point to the infamous "face" photograph as proof that an advanced race once prospered. Scientists do hold out hope that study of Martian meteorites and probes sent to the planet may uncover evidence of simpler life forms. (www.youtube.com)

National Geographic presents the first accurate non-stop voyage from Earth to the edge of the Universe using a single, unbroken shot through the use of spectacular CGI (Computer-Generated Imagery) technology. Building on images taken from the Hubble telescope, Journey to the Edge of the Universe explores the science and history behind the distant celestial bodies in the solar system.

n the beginning, there was darkness, and then, bang—giving birth to an endless, expanding existence of time, space and matter. Now, see further than we've ever imagined, beyond the limits of our existence, in a place we call The Universe.

How solar eruptions could threaten our society.
Watch in 1080p as massive solar eruptions take aim at our high-tech society. 93 million miles away... an angry sun vents its rage. Dark regions, called sunspots, appeared unexpectedly on its surface... a sign of rising tension within. It had been three and a half years since the sun last erupted in fury...at the peak of an 11-year cycle of solar flare-ups.

BBC documentary 'the Sun' It is dawn and the sun is rising, as it has every day for the past 5 billion years. For millennia it has been a constant golden disc, shining its unchanging light unto the earth. The Sun is the star at the center of the Solar System. It has a diameter of about 1,392,000 kilometers (865,000 mi) (about 109 Earths). About three-quarters of the Sun's mass consists of hydrogen, while most of the rest is helium. Less than 2% consists of other elements, including iron, oxygen, carbon, neon, and others.

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