Science Night 1/8

Nature Legendary White Stallions at 7 pm
This story of the world-famous Lipizzaner stallions focuses on the bond that develops between the horses and their caregivers, beginning at the moment of their birth and culminating in the perfect harmony between horse and rider demonstrated at the famous Spanish Riding School in Vienna, Austria. Their carefully choreographed movements were originally developed for the training of war horses; only the strongest and most athletic horses qualified. The Lipizzaner stallion is bred for its courage, strength and character, but the horse is also gentle, sensitive, and exceptionally responsive to praise.

NOVA Aliens Planets Revealed at 8 pm
It’s a golden age for planet hunters: NASA’s Kepler mission has identified more than 3,500 potential planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. How did we come upon this distant planet? Combining animation with input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, “Alien Planets Revealed” takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope. How does the telescope look for planets? How many of these planets are like our Earth? Will any of these planets be suitable for life as we know it? Bringing the creative power of veteran animators together with the latest discoveries in planet-hunting, this film shows the successes of the Kepler mission, taking us to planets beyond our solar system and providing a glimpse of creatures we might one day encounter.

Chasing Shackleton Episode 1 at 9 pm
Veteran polar explorer, Tim Jarvis, is on a mission to discover exactly what happened on the most famous survival story in expedition history – Sir Ernest Shackleton’s 800 nautical mile boat journey across the Southern Ocean and deadly mountain crossing of South Georgia. He’s recruited five of the world’s toughest explorers to wear 1914 clothes, eat basic rations and sail in a perfect replica of the tiny wooden boat Shackleton travelled in. They launch from Elephant Island but are hit by a fierce storm. As the crew battle freezing temperatures, a leaking boat and sea-sickness they lose all contact with their tracking vessel and suddenly find themselves in their worst nightmare: lost at sea.