The se­crets of our so­lar sys­tem

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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.

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