Naming The Universe

Astronomer Heather Couper investigates stories behind the evocative names of our stars and planets.


0101First Names19990426

Douglas Adams, Paul Murdin and fellow writers and astronomers reflect on the pleasures of stargazing.

0102Realms Of The Gods19990427

Versions of the heavens as seen by different civilisations.

0103Pictures In The Sky19990428

Constellations and the stories they tell.

0104Big Planet, Little Planet19990429

A look at the names of our neighbouring planets.

0105 LASTThe Committee For Naming The Universe19990430

Who gets to name the new discoveries in space? What criteria do they use, and can we join in?