If your New Year’s resolution is to learn a little bit more in 2014, then you’re in luck with tonight’s fascinating TV show – Stargazing Live, which explores the intricacies of the night sky.
Stargazing Live is broadcast on BBC2 on Tuesday 7 January 2014 at 8pm and is hosted by physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Dara Ó Briain.
Although much of the UK is shrouded in storms clouds, this three part TV series will come as a welcome relief. Using the very latest technology, Stargazing Live will show us what’s actually lurking above that cloudscape. The show is broadcast live from the impressive Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire which opened in 1945.
The first episode tonight focusses on the legendary Aurora Borealis, aka Northern Lights, as the team aim to capture this natural phenomenon on camera. The awesome images of Saturn’s storms are also featured. The first of three ‘Back to Earth’ episodes then follows with chat and debate alongside some truly extraordinary images of astronomy from viewers. There is also an astronomical trivia section with Doctor Who’s K9 pet serving as quiz master.
Episode 2 is then broadcast on Wednesday 8 January with not one, but two legendary astronauts joining the team - Walt Cunningham and Chris Hadfield. Walt Cunningham piloted the Apollo 7 mission in 1968 and Chris Hadfield was the first Canadian in space in 1995. He is probably best known for his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ whilst in earth orbit. And if you’re one of the few who hasn’t seen the video yet, take a look at the video below – 20 million views and counting!
And the third and final episode on Thursday 9 January focusses on the results from the challenge set to viewers to find an undiscovered galaxy at the very edge of space.