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Orbit - Earth's Extraordinary Journey

Orbit - Earth's Extraordinary Journey takes viewers on a spectacular ride through space on planet Earth as it orbits the sun in a single year. The series shows how the earth is affected throughout the year as well as its pivotal times - the vernal and autumnal equinoxes and the summer and winter solstices.
  • Title ID 93-EEJ
  • Science, Astronomy, Earth Science
  • 3 Programs
  • 1 Supplemental File
  • 10th Grade through Post Secondary
  • Released in 2014 by BBC
Included Programs
Supplemental Files

Included Programs

Episode 1 - PathwayRunning time is 48 minutes

Episode 1 begins the journey of the earth around the sun by looking at Earth's January to March equinox, experiencing spectacular weather and the sun at perigee. Kate Humble gets closer to the sun than she has ever been before, whilst Helen Czerski visits a place that gets some of the biggest and fastest snowstorms on earth.

Episode 2 - SpinRunning time is 50 minutes

Episode 2 looks at Earth's spin by traveling 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 Czerski jumps out of an airplane and Kate Humble briefly becomes the fastest driver on earth.

Episode 3 - TiltRunning time is 49 minutes

Episode 3 completes the journey of the Earth around the sun our journey, travelling back from the March equinox to the end of June. Kate Humble is in the Arctic at a place where Spring arrives with a bang, while Helen Czerski chases a tornado to show how the earth's angle of tilt creates the most extreme weather on earth.

Supplemental Files

MARC Records for EEJ
MARC records for the series Orbit - Earth's Extraordinary Journey


"Because for breadth of material, this turned out to be the most relentlessly informative science film I’ve seen since David Attenborough pointed out that the blue parts of our planet contain more than just oil spills and diminishing quantities of cod.”
Telegraph UK