The secrets of our solar system
The Planets: The Godfather Jupiter, ABC, Sunday at 7.40pm
PROFESSOR Brian Cox (pictured) narrates this jaw-dropping look at the past, present and future of the space we call home.
Each episode in the five-part series looks at a planet in detail, examining scientific theories and hypotheses about the formation and evolution of our solar system.
Today Mercury is a scorched, barren world, Venus is a runaway greenhouse and Mars is a frozen desert. Why has Earth thrived while the others have faded away? The most advanced space missions ever mounted reveal the moments when the fate of each world turned.
This week’s episode focuses on the planet that dwarfs all the others: Jupiter.
Its enormous size gives it great power which has manipulated other planets.