FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, November 7th, 2013
Space Night on PBS
Space Night, part of Exploration Wednesdays, airs November 20th from
7:00 - 10:00pm on WTVP-HD 47.1.
Exploration Wednesdays have been delving into earthly things and how they are
made—wilder, faster, colder and safer—and learning how basic ingredients are transformed into
powerhouse machines. But on Nov. 20 from 7-10 p.m. on WTVP-HD 47.1, it’s time to explore
beyond our own atmosphere during a night devoted to the study of comets, asteroids and
fantastical things happening where the heavens meet the Earth.
Between the blue sky above us and the infinite blackness of space lies a frontier
full of enigmas that scientists have only just begun to investigate. NOVA “At the Edge of Space” (7 p.m.) takes viewers on a spectacular exploration to probe the earth-space boundary zone, home to some of
nature’s most puzzling and alluring phenomena: the shimmering aurora, streaking meteors, and
fleeting flashes that shoot upwards from thunderclouds, known as sprites.
From the width of a football field to the size of a small city, the space rocks
called asteroids have the potential to be killers. But some asteroids may be loaded with billions
of dollars’ worth of iron, nickel and even platinum. Will asteroids turn out to be our economic
salvation — or instruments of extinction? Find out more in NOVA “Asteroid: Doomsday or Payday?” (8 p.m.)
And follow a once-in-a-lifetime event as scientists around the world follow the
path of the sun-grazing comet ISON. The comet, somewhere between one and 10 kilometers in diameter,
is currently just beyond the orbit of Jupiter. As it races past Earth toward the sun, it will
likely develop a tail to light up the night skies. Then ISON will slingshot around the back of
the sun, to emerge perhaps brighter than ever. But there’s jeopardy, too; ISON could evaporate
completely, or the sun’s gravity could tear it apart, producing a so-called “string of pearls”
– several small comets arching across the night sky. Don’t miss the breathtaking images captured
in Comet Encounter (9 p.m.).
For further information contact Linda Miller, WTVP Vice President of
at (309) 495-0591 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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