We have learnt to harness the power of light, and we use this knowledge every day to light up our cities, from the Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong to the spectacularly bright Eiffel Tower in Paris. But when we turned all these lights on we lost something precious…the stars.
For hundreds of years the stars have acted as a guide to humanity with the shapes and patterns informing our view of the universe. One of the most incredible constellations is the Pleiades, a star cluster formed around 100 million years ago, each 40 times brighter than our sun.
In Sunday night’s episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, discover the fascinating history of the stars, including the untold story of the modern ‘sisters of the sun’, the early 20th century female astronomers, led by two deaf women at Harvard who catalogued the stars. Also learn about the young British woman who joined forces with them and defied the world’s leading expert to discover what the stars are really made of.
Don’t miss Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey ‘Sisters Of The Sun’ on Sunday 4th May at 7pm on National Geographic Channel.