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As part of ERA’s commitment to helping licence holders make best use of the material available to them, we have decided to start highlighting our ‘top pick’ each week. We’re hoping to reveal multiple educational uses for a single episode, series, or film with enough time to act as a ‘heads up’ for teachers to be able to record, or access the material.

On Monday (20th July, 2015) The Sky at Night will be airing a special edition of the programme with a detailed exploration of Pluto. Going out on BBC4 at 10pm, the programme will provide an in-depth look at the New Horizon probe, which recently became the first spacecraft to reach Pluto after a nine-year mission to get there.

From the BBC:

Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Chris Lintott present the inside story of NASA’s groundbreaking visit to Pluto. This is the first time any probe has visited the dwarf planet and Sky at Night has ringside seats, bringing you the entire story and expert insight into the latest images from the New Horizons probe. Sky at Night celebrates its 750th episode with the most exciting space event of 2015.

Whilst the programme is incredible relevant for physics or astronomy, and it may also be of interest for teachers looking at how the media presents scientific news.

 

Follow the hashtag #TVforTeachers or @EraResources for more lesson ideas.

 

Related links:

New Horizons survives encounter with Pluto (Newsround)

Pluto: From Planet X to Ex-Planet (Channel4 News)

BBC iWonder Guide: Why Did Pluto Get Kicked Out of the Planet Club?

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