BBC Stargazing Live

Clarification: Given some of the comments, I thought I should make it clear that I don't work for the BBC and am not on the production team of Stargazing Live.

BBC Stargazing Live
CREDIT: BBC/Stuart
Seven and a half years ago my very first blog post was about the BBC Star Party that was to be hosted from Jodrell Bank Observatory. That programme was on a Saturday night in August and was an hour and a half long. Now, over three nights, Jodrell Bank will again be the setting for a BBC star party to coincide with the conjuction of Jupiter and Uranus, the partial solar eclipse, and the Quadrantid meteor shower.

Stargazing Live will be hosted by particle physicist Brian Cox and comedian Dara O'Briain. Dara is a good choice as he has a scientific background and is very funny; I saw his standup show in Salford last year and it was the most I'd laughed in ages. He is pretty well known for programmes such as Mock The Week, Three Men In A Boat and The Apprentice: You're Fired so he should hopefully bring in some viewers who wouldn't tune in otherwise.

I may no longer work at Jodrell but the telescopes operated by my new employer are going to be used on the programme. In fact, Dara has already taken some images using the Faulkes Telescope North and one rather nice image has been viewed almost 7500 times since yesterday already! A while back I made a suggestion for an experiment to do on the summit of Mauna Kea, relating to Herschel, so I'll be interested to see if that makes it into the programme.

Stargazing Live should be a good three nights of astronomy even if the weather tries to thwart sky viewing in the UK. The programmes are on BBC Two and BBC HD at 8pm on January 3rd, 4th and 5th. Unfortunately, they probably aren't accessible to those outside the UK. Amateur astronomy societies, universities and science centres around the country will also be hosting stargazing events over the next couple of weeks.

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Posted in astro blog by Stuart on Monday 03rd Jan 2011 (12:50 GMT) | Permalink
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