The Planets

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  • 1999
  • 1 Season
  • 8.5  (1,423)

This docuseries presents the solar system in an educational way, with episodes that focus on the sun, the individual planets, the Earth's moon, the possibility of life on other planets and more. The eight-part series first aired on BBC Two in 1999.

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Destiny
8. Destiny
June 17, 1999
What will happen to the solar system be like in several billion years? Destiny explores the distant future of the solar system with specific predictions of how the sun will determine the fate of the planets.
Life Beyond the Sun
7. Life Beyond the Sun
June 10, 1999
Need a space vacation? Life Beyond the Sun reveals the hypothetical locations in space where man could survive if we ever needed to leave Earth.
Atmosphere
6. Atmosphere
June 3, 1999
Earth's atmosphere is responsible for supporting life on our planet, and in this installment we compare Earth's atmosphere with that of other planets in the solar system. We take a look at the weather patterns of other planets, and by comparison discover Earth's secrets of life support. Learn about the Greenhouse effect and "red" planets, as well.
Star
5. Star
May 27, 1999
In Star, the series shifts focus to the center of our solar system to take a close look at the sun and its relation to the other stars in the galaxy. Besides providing light for our planet, the sun is responsible for some incredible phenomenon. We see eclipses and northern lights, and study the effects of the sun alongside theories about the historical worship of the sun by ancient cultures.
Moon
4. Moon
May 20, 1999
Moon chronicles the Cold War era space race, from sputnik and Apollo to the historical moon landing. It also explores the dark side of the moon and compares Earth's moons to those of other planets in the solar system.
Giants
3. Giants
May 13, 1999
Giants delves into the history of space exploration. This episode investigates the discovery of techniques used to study distant planets and examines NASA's study of Saturn and Neptune.
Terra Firma
2. Terra Firma
May 6, 1999
The second installment features the intriguing geological surfaces of Earth's neighbors: Jupiter, Jupiter's moon Europa, Mars, and Venus.
Different Worlds
1. Different Worlds
April 29, 1999
This first episode takes us back to the origin of our solar system, tracing the creation of the sun, the planets, and the surfaces of each.
Description

This docuseries presents the solar system in an educational way, with episodes that focus on the sun, the individual planets, the Earth's moon, the possibility of life on other planets and more. The eight-part series first aired on BBC Two in 1999. The Planets is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (8 episodes). The series first aired on April 29, 1999.

Where to Watch The Planets

The Planets is available for streaming on the BBC Earth website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Planets on demand at Amazon and Apple TV.

  • Premiere Date
    April 29, 1999
  • IMDB Rating
    8.5  (1,423)