Brian Cox certain of life on moons of Jupiter or Saturn: ‘I would not be surprised!”
19th October 2021

Brian Cox on the 2,500-year-old solar calendar

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Former musician and physicist Professor Brian Cox has detailed his theories on whether life on the moons of Jupiter and Saturn exist. During an interview for his upcoming BBC Two documentary Universe: Where Everything Begins and Ends, Brian spoke about the challenges he faced creating the show and what the future holds for our universe.

In an interview with, Brian was joined by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock to discuss the upcoming BBC Two documentary.

Brian has previously stated a lifeless universe is a meaningless universe and earth is the only planet where meaning exists.

Asked what his thoughts were about life on other planets, Brian revealed: “The universe means something to each of us.

“Our minds are a product of evolution by natural selection, they’re a collection of atoms, we really don’t understand how intelligence emerges.


“My view is that if I was to guess, and it’s a guess, I would say that there will be life in some sense around.

“Perhaps even in our solar system beyond Earth? I think it’s an open question, but we’re looking at it, well, intelligence, I think, extremely rare.”

Dr Maggie added: “I love the idea that other aliens come to earth that you adore. It was never dinosaurs, so we have to come inside as well, which is a bit more challenging.”

Brian agreed: “You imply there that they have the finite life, which is just to wander off in some random direction.

“We don’t see any other civilisations, then there’s an idea that the filter might be in our past, which is a biological filter.

“It could be that the challenges of industrialising a civilisation are too great and actually, that our wisdom lags our knowledge or our capability.

“And it might just be that there’s a natural lifetime for civilisations, which is hundreds of years, or a few 1000 and not 10s of 1000s,” he explained.

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Brian also touched on the challenges he and his crew faced filming the documentary during lockdown and explained how he managed to get amazing images of the universe.

“The location choice, I’m always asked about that ‘How do you choose?’ you know, the locations were entirely driven by places that would let us in,” Brian stated.

“One of the benefits we found a great deal in the UK and not in that film, but many other films, the galaxy’s film was filmed almost exclusively on Sky.

“And we found that black holes film, and this is not a comment at all on the location, but we filmed the entire black holes film in Yorkshire.

“Probably the ideal location, but it was beautiful it because it snowed on the landscapes, and we filmed in an abbey there.

“It gave it a kind of a different feel that you wouldn’t have had, if we had the whole world as a canvas,” he said.

Throughout the interview, Brian touched on many topics which involve our universe and explained how each episode links with one another.

Universe: Where Everything Begins and Ends airs 27th October on BBC Two. 
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