The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures
About the Show
The Royal Institution Christmas Lectures have been inspiring children and adults alike since 1825, with the express purpose of teaching science to young people
Series 2 Summary
Travel to the edge of space and dawn of time to unravel the mysteries of the Big Bang, hitch a ride on an asteroid bound for earth and try to avert Armageddon, join the hunt for alien life, and touch down on the surface of Mars. These are just some of the stopping-off points in this year's Royal Institution Christmas Lectures, as meteorite-hunter and Martian-landing specialist Dr Monica Grady from the Natural History Museum sets out on an epic voyage in space and time.
Episode 1 - Blast Off
Blast Off explores our cosmic origins, how our star was born out of a cloud of gas and dust that itself had been recycled through many generations of star birth
Episode 2 - Live from Mars
A lecture exploring the Red Planet, from what it looks like to whether it might harbour life, with the latest developments on the Beagle 2
Episode 3 - Planet Patrol
An exploration of the planets in our Solar System, from what they are made from to how they came to be so different
Episode 4 - Collision Course
A fascinating lecture charting what rocky traffic is lurking out in deep space, whether it might be a danger to us - and what could be done to avert Armageddon
Episode 5 - Anybody Out There?
The final lecture explores where life survives in the most extreme places on Earth, to try and predict where else in the Solar System other life forms might exist.