Right now you’re hurtling around the sun at 64,000 miles an hour – 100,000kilometres an hour. In the next year you’ll travel 584 million miles to end up where you started. Presenters Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski follow the Earth’s journey around ten sun for one complete orbit, to witness the extraordinary consequences this journey has for us all. In this episode they travel from July to the December Solstice, experiencing spectacular weather and the largest tides on Earth.
To show how the Earth’s orbit affects our lives, Helen jumps out of an aeroplane and Kate briefly becomes the fastest driver on Earth. But physicist Helen Czerski adds enough scientific insights to transform the film from just being exciting into also a learning experience, showing how an understanding of Nature can add a new level of interest.
Presenters: Kate Humble and Dr Helen Czerski
Directed and Produced by Dick Taylor
Executive Producer: Jonathan Renouf
ORBIT: EARTH’S EXTRAORDINARY JOURNEY – EPISODE 1 won the 2012 The Science in Environment Award (supported by BASF), part of the 2012 European Science TV and New Media Festival and Awards.