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BBC • The Planets

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Joe P, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    I just found out about this. Worth getting on disc when it becomes available in the colonies?

    Who am I kidding, I’ll get it even if it sucks. But I hope it doesn’t. What do the fishies think?

    Joe
     
  2. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    It is very good IMO. Beautifully put together visually and I have certainly learned a fair few things I didn’t know. It really is amazing just how much more we have found out about our solar system in the past couple of decades.

    There was also a Holst Planets concert with Brian Cox, image projection, scientific context etc which was worth a watch too.
     
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  3. flatpopely

    flatpopely Prog Rock/Moderator

    Recorded. Daughter and I will binge watch.
    She needs to, she’s going to be an astronaut.
     
  4. Joe P

    Joe P certified Buffologist / mod

    Andrew,

    When my daughter was young she wanted to be the first rabbit on Mars. I didn’t want to dissuade her, but given that the moon is much closer her being the first rabbit on the moon is much more realistic goal.

    Joe
     
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  5. alanbeeb

    alanbeeb pfm Member

    Q - How long does it take to say:
    "Bad luck Mars - all that lovely water and rich atmosphere 4 billion years ago, got trashed by massive meteor storms (thanks Neptune!), but might have supported life and we're looking for evidence of that, but then the core cooled down and stopped producing a magnetic field, so the solar wind stripped away the atmosphere, and everything froze and dried up" ?
    A - About 50 minutes according to the BBC and Prof Cox.

    Its all so very amazing and as usual Brian Cox overdoes the awe and wonder, but it still manages to hold one's attention no problem at all - but it could all have been done in 5-10 mins per episode!
     
  6. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’d happily spend 50 minutes just watching Curiosity Rover taking a ‘no hands’ selfie!

    PS Here’s how (NASA).
     
  7. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    Mars and my arse... so near yet so far.
     
  8. wacko

    wacko pfm Member

    You trying to get a BFR to your bum ?
     
  9. windhoek

    windhoek The Phoolosopher

    No thanks - just having some homophonic fun :)
     
  10. deebster

    deebster pfm Member

    Aren't these repeats?

    That said, anything with Brian Cock in it is off my radar
     
  11. Weekender

    Weekender pfm Member

    Not repeats.
     
  12. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

  13. gassor

    gassor There may be more posts after this.

    I've found the series so far very interesting and watchable. Brian Cox is easy to listen to and keeps the show rolling along very nicely, ready to offer some complexity here and there. I watch telly on a computer and for the first time, I really wished I had a screen the size of a caravan.
     
  14. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I’m not getting the Brian Cox hate at all. He seems a very decent bloke and clearly knows his stuff to exceptional depth what with being a physicist at Cern in his ‘day job’. A decent down to earth Manc too.

    PS He’s also ‘one of us’, IIRC he’s got an LP12 that he’s had for decades.
     
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  15. Jonathan

    Jonathan pfm Member

    science 'popularizers' often get hate for whatever reason ... I think they are seen by established scientists as 'dumbing down' or simplifying the material. e.g. Carl Sagan or Stephen Hawking ... it's the only real explanation i can think of really ... have no problems with him myself ...
     
  16. Tony L

    Tony L Administrator

    I see him very much in that company as a person who is able to articulate considerable knowledge in an easy to digest and fundamentally non-snobby/elitist way. Exactly the sort of person I like to see on my TV!
     
  17. sean99

    sean99 pfm Member

    When did not caring for someone's presentation style become hate ? Have I posted "Death to Brian Cox"? He does seem like a nice bloke, and very intelligent - just prefer Jim Al Khalili.
     
  18. Alan Brown

    Alan Brown Registered LUser

    That really is his skill. I can watch this with my children and we all get something from it (although I confess I prefer Jim Al Khalili also).

    He also has (had) Naim and a set of Royd Revelation RR2.
     
  19. Jim Audiomisc

    Jim Audiomisc pfm Member

    Shows that no-one is prefect... 8-}

    FWIW though, I also enjoy his programs and JAKs. Just wish the USA population had been willing to spend more over the last 50 years on NASA rather than on Star Trek and popcorn... Back then I assumed we'd have a colony on the Moon by now and people would have been to Mars. Real dissapointment that we haven't. Oh well, I guess the Indians or Chinese will get there. :)
     
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  20. Pete MB&D

    Pete MB&D Pete Maddex, the one and only!

    I keep falling asleep during the programs, it might just be me rather than his slow delivery.

    Pete
     

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