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Series
NOVA
Program
Planets, The
Program Number

304

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

THE PLANETS DAVA SOBEL, WRITER ALAN MACROBERT, EDITOR, SKY AND TELESCOPE

THE NIGHT SKY HAS FASCINATED HUMANKIND FROM PREHISTORIC TIMES. THE GREEKS TOLD STORIES ABOUT THE CONSTELLATIONS OF STARS AND NAMED PLANETS 'WANDERERS' TO HIGHLIGHT THEIR ERRATIC MOVEMENT THROUGH THE WHEELING GALAXY. CONFRONTING THE VASTNESS OF THE UNIVERSE, WE FEEL A NEED TO ESTABLISH OUR OWN PLACE IN THE WORLD AND SCIENCE WRITER DAVA SOBEL DOES THIS FOR US IN HER LATEST BOOK THE PLANETS. FROM THE SUN AND THE ORIGINS OF THE SOLAR SYSTEM TO THE DISCOVERY OF PLUTO IN THE 1930S (AND ITS DEMOTION IN 2006), SOBEL WEAVES TOGETHER THE HISTORY OF THE PLANETS, THEIR MYTHOLOGICAL AND SYMBOLIC MEANINGS AND CURRENT DISCOVERIES IN ASTRONOMY TO CREATE A STUNNINGLY ORIGINAL TRIBUTE TO OUR SOLAR SYSTEM.

DAVA SOBEL IS THE AWARD-WINNING FORMER SCIENCE WRITER FOR THE NEW YORK TIMES. THE AUTHOR OF THE BEST-SELLING LONGITUDE AND GALILEO'S DAUGHTER, HER WORK HAS ALSO APPEARED IN AUDUBON, DISCOVER, LIFE, AND THE NEW YORKER.

ALAN MACROBERT IS A SENIOR EDITOR AT SKY AND TELESCOPE WHERE HE HAS DEVELOPED SKY CHARTS THAT ASSIST BOTH AMATEUR AND PROFESSIONAL ASTRONOMERS AROUND THE WORLD. HE ALSO WRITES A POPULAR MONTHLY COLUMN ON THE NIGHT SKY FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE.

Duration

00:64:00

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Planets, The,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 2, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C605470B888F4ADD9A2E279A66458EC9.
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APA: NOVA; Planets, The. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_C605470B888F4ADD9A2E279A66458EC9
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