The Astronomers is a six-part series that explores the lives and works of scientists around the globe who are revolutionizing our knowledge of the universe. The series, narrated by noted actor Richard Chamberlain, goes to the farthest reaches of the universe in search of black holes, quasars, dark matter, gravity waves, stars and evidence of planets outside our solar system. These celestial phenomena are explored through the perspectives of the men and women all over the world whose jobs render them responsible for uncovering the secrets of the cosmos. Further, The Astronomers takes a uniquely humanizing approach to science programming, focusing not only on the professional achievements of the scientists, but on their personal lives as well. Prospecting For Planets. Are we alone in the universe? The question has plagued humankind for centuries. And although no other civilizations have yet been found, many scientists are convinced that other stars, like our Sun, must at least have planets surrounding them in the other solar systems. Prospecting For Planets focuses on the search for planetary systems, as Bradford Smith of the University of Arizona and Richard Terrile of California's Jet Propulsion Laboratory scour the night sky for evidence of planetary systems from a remote observatory at the foot of the Andes. Both men are also active with the Voyager Imaging Team, a mission which spent more than a decade collecting data about the planets in our solar system. Caltech's Amelia Sargent, Cornell's Steve Beckwith and Harvard's David Latham also reveal their methods of searching for planets.
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