Hosted by Stuart Gary, StarStuff takes us on a weekly journey across the universe to see the death of stars and the birth of new worlds. StarStuff's tour of the cosmos examines those ultimate questions: where do we come from?; and are we alone? From Einstein's relativity theory to quantum mechanics, StarStuff reports on the latest news and discoveries in science, with a special focus on astronomy, space sciences and cosmology.
Ceres bright spot mystery solved
29:52FINAL EPISODE: Bright spots on the dwarf planet Ceres are giant salt pans. Also; climate change slowing the planet's rotation, and searching for the universe's missing matter.
How the Sun generates solar flares
29:28Astronomers observe for the first time how the Sun acts as a powerful accelerator. Also: The LISA Pathfinder launches on its mission to test Albert Einstein's General Theory of Relativity, and discovery of another possible dwarf planet out beyond Pluto.
Black hole stellar feeding frenzy
30:00A monster black hole rips apart a Sun-like star in a spectacular stellar feeding frenzy. Also; Earth's magnetic field isn't about to flip just yet, and the new model explaining how the Moon got its tilt.
Astronomers see the birth of a planet
29:52Scientists witness for the first time how planets are born and grow. Also; The red planet Mars to get a Saturn-like ring, and 100 years of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.
Where did Earth's water come from?
28:54New findings explain the origins of Earth's water. Also: possible ice volcanoes discovered on Pluto, and the oldest stars ever seen.
How the Moon was made
30:00Solving the last remaining questions about the birth of Earth's Moon. Also: new images of the most powerful explosion since the Big Bang of creation, and confirmation that the Martian atmosphere was blown away by the Sun.
Rosetta's comet raises questions about Earth's origins
31:26Discovery of molecular oxygen on comet 67P leads to questions about where the Earth, Sun and solar system were made. Also; new studies examine the interstellar space around our solar system, and probe magnetic fields inside stars.
Zombie star cannibalises planets
29:58White dwarf star caught destroying several planets. Also: New Horizons completes the family portrait of the Pluto system, and a supermassive black hole rips an entire star apart.
Milky Way could make stars for another six billion years
29:49The Milky Way has up to three times more star-forming material than previously thought. Also; sudden dramatic increase in X-ray flares blasting out of supermassive black hole at the centre of our galaxy, and stunning new views of Enceladus.
Best evidence yet that Mars was warm and wet
30:00Rounded pebbles indicate ancient Mars had running streams and long periods of warm wet climate. Also; Earth's inner core is far younger than previously thought, and stunning new images of blue Earth-like skies on Pluto.