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The Planets: Destiny

Kanopy (Firm)
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Video; Streaming Video; Online
Summary
A massive red sun dominates the sky above a parched barren landscape.You could be forgiven for thinking we were on Mercury, but this is planet Earth three billion years from now. As the Sun grows to the size of a Red Giant star, its warming breath penetrates further through its clutch of planets and moons than ever before. As life on Earth vanishes, Mars thaws slowly from its suspended animation of icy wastes, and water begins to flow across its parched surface once more. As the Sun's heat reaches the outer planets, they too will warm up. There will be climatic changes, a gentle thawing of icy moons like Europa,Titan and eventually Triton, creating new environments and new opportunities for life. A life which is doomed to an early extinction as the Sun swells up even further and swallows Mercury,Venus, and possibly Earth, until it slowly shrinks back into a dim white-dwarf phase, casting a deathly chill across the remnants of the Solar System. But there are billions of other stars in our galaxy.What other solar systems are out there? In 1995 Michel Mayor announced the first discovery of a planet orbiting another star. In fact there are now more planets known to be orbiting other stars than our own. None of them, however, fit the description of a 'living' planet. They are all either too big or too hot, but it's only a matter of time: spotting the first extrasolar 'earths' is only a decade away. In just over ten years that recurrent question, 'are we alone?', might be raised for the last time. Destiny charts this cosmic Darwinian quest for the first extra-solar Earth-like planet.
Release Date
1999
Language
In English
Notes
  • Title from title frames.
  • In Process Record.
Published
[San Francisco, California, USA] : Kanopy Streaming, 2015.
Recording Info
Originally produced by BBCActive in 1999.
Publisher no.
1060901 Kanopy
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1 online resource (streaming video file)
Mode of access: World Wide Web.
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