BBC Sounds is the broadcaster's audio on-demand service, offering listeners live access to all of the BBC's radio output, along with a selection of archive programmes readily available.


Unsurprisingly, there has been a wealth of science programmes on BBC radio services throughout the decades, and as a result BBC Sounds is a veritable treasure trove of content on spaceflight, astronomy and astrophysics.

Below is a selection of the best space and astronomy programmes, old and new, available on BBC Sounds.

Space and astronomy on BBC Sounds

The Reith Lectures

Bernard Lovell: The Individual And The Universe

Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, who founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, discusses the origins of the Universe.

The Infinite Monkey Cage

Under Our Night Sky

Brian Cox and Robin Ince discuss humanity's relationship with the night sky and are joined by Tim Peake, Jon Culshaw, Lisa Harvey-Smith and Stuart Clark.

The Universe: What Remains To Be Discovered?

Taking the stage at the Blue Dot Festival at Jodrell Bank, Cheshire, Brian, Robin and guests ask what cosmological questions remain unsolved.

Heart and Soul

The Pope's Astronomer

Brother Guy Consolmagno reveals what it's like working as the director of the Vatican Observatory.

In Our Time

Astronomy and Empire

A look at the relationship between astronomy and the British Empire, and how observing the stars facilitated British naval advances.

Ptolemy and Ancient Astronomy

Ancient greek astrologer Ptolemy's influence on modern-day astronomy is far-reaching. This episode explores some of Ptolemy's greatest achievements.


Melvyn Bragg and guests discuss our Solar System neighbour, the hellish planet Venus.


What is an eclipse, and how has our understanding of them changed over the centuries?

The Compass


A comprehensive look at stargazing, from the first astronomers to the radio telescopes observing the deep cosmos.


Optical Astronomy

How ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes are helping astronomers see further than ever before.

On Astronomy

An discussion on astronomy with Professor Robert Kirshner of Harvard University

Astronomy and Myths

How have different societies interpreted the night sky above them?


The Blind Astronomer

A profile of the work of Puerto Rican astrophysicist Wanda Diaz-Merced, who explores space science through sound.