What Is Stargazing LIVE?

Stargazing LIVE: Monday 16th January, BBC2, 8.30pm

This has got something to do with Brian Cox hasn’t it?
Professor Brian Cox? Yes. Yes it has. The exciting young physicist will be taking us back to the heavens this evening in the first episode of a three-night stargazing vigil.
..Fair enough, but please tell me he’s had his haircut?
No, I’m afraid his Beatle-do is still very much in place and with the help of Dara O’Briain, he’ll be presenting this hour long special from the Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire. As you can probably surmise from the title, it will be live..
LIVE you mean?
Yes the Beeb seem pretty keen to emphasise that point.
So what can we expect then? Are we going to see him forcing celebrities to do advanced maths, like just before Christmas?
A Night With The Stars was generally well-received by his fans, and anyone who caught his first stargazing miniseries last year will know that there are some similarities. Tonight Cox will be focusing on the Moon and with the help of astronauts, celebrities and the people of a whole town, who are willing to turn off all their lights for an entire evening, he’ll explain why it causes tides and all the rest of it..
The Moon? You don’t need to gaze very far to see that?! I may have only just scraped a science GCSE but even I knew about that tides business!
Maybe so, yet I imagine Cox will be explaining the concept in much greater detail along with loads of other stuff that your science teacher couldn’t be bothered to tell you about. He’ll also be talking to Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man to walk on the Moon’s surface.
Hmmm.. Fair enough. So what else is going on?
Well Liz Bonnin will be in South Africa to explore the differences between the constellations visible in the Northern and Southern hemisphere..
Well I’ll give it a try. Presumably he’ll be venturing further into the galaxy tomorrow?
Yes, he’ll be off to the Milky Way at the slightly earlier time of 8pm on Tuesday night and if you can’t wait that long, he and O’Briain are doing a special extra 30 minute debate immediately after this finishes, called Back To Earth.
Good stuff. But I still think he needs a haircut..

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