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
Astronomer Sir Bernard Lovell, who founded Jodrell Bank Observatory, discusses the origins of the Universe.
The Infinite Monkey Cage
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.
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
Brother Guy Consolmagno reveals what it’s like working as the director of the Vatican Observatory.
In Our Time
A look at the relationship between astronomy and the British Empire, and how observing the stars facilitated British naval advances.
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?
A comprehensive look at stargazing, from the first astronomers to the radio telescopes observing the deep cosmos.
How ultraviolet, X-ray and gamma-ray telescopes are helping astronomers see further than ever before.
An discussion on astronomy with Professor Robert Kirshner of Harvard University
How have different societies interpreted the night sky above them?
A profile of the work of Puerto Rican astrophysicist Wanda Diaz-Merced, who explores space science through sound.