Stargazing LIVE: More secrets to be uncovered

Monday 16 January 2012, 14:48

Mark Thompson Mark Thompson Astronomer

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I have been fascinated by the night sky ever since I was a child.

I remember seeing Saturn through a telescope for the first time when I was about 10 years old, and the sight was nothing short of magical.

Seeing Saturn, rings and all, hovering against the velvet black sky ignited a fire in me that has been raging ever since.

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Stargazing series one: Jonathan meets Jupiter

There are loads of other great things coming up in the new series too and we want you to get involved.

You can send in your pictures and questions to the team and we will try to answer as many as possible in the follow-on show Stargazing LIVE: Back To Earth which happens straight after Stargazing LIVE.

There are also hundreds of events up and down the country for you to go along to.

We've also got some great new graphics plus an updated star and moon guide and loads of other resources downloadable from the website to show you what you can look for in the skies over the UK during January so you can get out and stargaze for yourselves.

Last year's show was great, even my 'missed meteor moment' was hilarious but we have loads of bigger and better things planned for this year and frankly, I can't wait for the first show.

Mark Thompson is the astronomer on Stargazing LIVE.

Series two of Stargazing LIVE begins on Monday, 16 January at 8.30pm on BBC Two and BBC HD. For further programme times, please see the upcoming epsiodes page.

On Thursday, 19 January at 2pm, Professor Brian Cox will present a live, interactive lesson from Jodrell Bank in collaboration with The Big Bang Fair. All UK schools can join in on the BBC red button.

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    Comment number 2.

    whilst we find stargazing live a great programme, is it to become yet another programme that invites the minor celebrity whom has a little interest and next to no knowledge in astronomy. There would be thousands of amatuer astronomers age 5-90 who could be invited and would get more out of it, another good programme on the way to ruin

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    Comment number 3.

    Thank you so much for returning to our screens. Makes the cold nights easier. I may have been seeing things, but in the last outside segment, at the very end, in the bottom left, was there another shooting star? Last year when it happened, I thought i would never see it again. Please check it out.

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    Comment number 4.

    Hi, I really enjoyed the show last night, great to see such enthusiasm for the subject. Not sure who Paula above means when she says 'minor celebrity whom has a little interest and next to no knowledge in astronomy' , but I think Dara injects some humour into the proceeedings (the comment 'if we're wrong about this, please email us from the future' showed real wit!), as well as showing a genuinely open mind.

    One comment I would make about last night's show however is that I was extremely surprised at the lack of respect shown to Captain Eugene Cernan in his interview. He was only allocated about 30 seconds for his interview and was cut off in the middle of what was shaping up to be a profound musing on his time on the moon. As the only person on a show purporting to focus on the moon who had actually BEEN there, I found this off-putting and disingenuous.

    I believe one of the main reasons that kids decide not to pursue scientific careers is the lack of respect shown to scientists and science by popular media and culture and this should be recitified by otherwise exemplary programmes such as Stargazing LIVE.

    my 2c.

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    Comment number 5.

    Dara's wish for a message from the future seemed to have been granted. The photo shown of the Andromeda Galaxy was dated 22/11/12!

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    Comment number 6.

    Really enjoyed the show last night. I went out afterwards with my iPad and a star mapping app. The skys above Reading, Berks were crystal clear and you could easily see Jupiter, Mars, betelguese, Gemini, Taurus, Seven sisters (tiny constellation!), Orion, auriga, ursa major etc etc, absolutely fantastic, after about 10 mins, when my eyes had got adjusted to the light the sky was amazing. Even saw a shooting star to boot...

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    Comment number 7.

    We agree with Paula - another decent programme being spoilt by "Extras" who dont really know the subject. Why not just leave an expert to both present and supply the expert knowledge, he is good enough. Sid & Sue

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    Comment number 8.

    We were very disappointed with this programme, as you showed hardly any STARS only people talking. Then we might get a little flash of some stars and off you are again talking with each other. While it was very interesting to hear what Brian Cox had to say of the moon for example, we did not see enough of the constellations etc.
    Let us at least GAZE, before you flash onto something more important. Angelika & Roy

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    Comment number 9.

    I'm sure there are people who find Dara O'Briain entertaining but his main role here seems to be to get in the way. There is plenty of trivia on TV already, can we have a lot less Dara and more science please.

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    Comment number 10.

    Brian Cox one of the most genuinely interesting people to appear on tv in the last decade. He tells us things we really want to know about. He also has a great sense of humour and is good on tv. Why is Dara O'Braiain there? He doesn't let Brian Cox finish his sentences, he talks over him, he doesn't listen, he's just waiting for his turn to speak. It is incredibly irritating, and patronising to the viewing public if he is there because you think he'll popularise the programme. We are already all hooked on Brian Cox. Dara just spoils it for us. Do us a favour - let the prof speak. How often does an opportunity like this come around?

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    Comment number 11.

    Please get rid of Dara.. He was very rude to the Apollo Captain last night, cutting him off mid-sentence. Outrageous! Dara interupts all the time and loves the sound of his own voice which really spoils the show for me. He is funny occasionally, but he seems to be taking over in this series and something needs to be done about it!!

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    Comment number 12.

    What I meant was Dara cramps Brian's style, and makes him seem less than he is, and that is a very great shame but there is a solution!

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    Comment number 13.

    The programme is called "Stargazing" so WHY AREN'T WE GAZING AT ANY STARS? We keep "going outside" to the bloke in the field with a lot of people in the background looking at stars so why can't we have a look at what they're looking at? No doubt Liz Bonnin has been sent to South Africa at the license fee payers expense so why is standing in front of a huge telescope that we are not getting a look down? LET'S HAVE A LOOK!!! It's the most frustrating programme I've had the misfortune to watch for a very long time. All we are getting is blokes talking so here's a radical thought SHOW US SOME STARS PLEASE.

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    Comment number 14.

    This is the best TV I have seen for decades. It is entertaining informative and inspirational.

    More and more please.

    P.S. Who is that oik who stands around with his hands in his pockets? He looks to be a candidate for a black hole.

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    Comment number 15.

    It was a fantastic program, love Brian Cox, really interesting... only problem is the distracting personality of O Dara, he's a bit of a passenger really and has nothing interesting to add and detracts from the real enjoyment of the program by butting in all the time on an endless quest for attention. There is zero chemistry between these two, he cuts off a really interesting interview by Captain Eugene Cernan and is more than capable of presenting.

    There is no chemistry, O'Dara speaks way too fast and swallows his words, sure he's a lovely bloke... but stand up and astronomy just don't mix!

    Please give it over to Cox to present!!

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    Comment number 16.

    Incredible how the Beeb have managed to mess this up - what wasted opportunities, how massively frustrating. Rare brilliantly clear nights, boots & coats on waiting to go outside and, with the Beeb's guidance, discover the stars we don't usually see and don't know names of. What does the Beeb do? Start by banging on for 30 mins with the one thing we're all familiar with - the moon - which didn't even rise till hours later!! Tides, history of moon landings, etc etc - yes yes we know all that, what about doing something actually live as billed, and remotely exciting, whilst the kids are still up and before the rest of us lost interest? Significant that on both nights, the most exciting part was the last 10 mins of the studio follow-up, when FINALLY we got what we expected to start with - pointers of what and where to view now - TOO LITTLE and TOO LATE, esp for the kids.

    Oh, and the computerised time-line of the origins of the universe was completely wrecked by stopping it every few seconds for explanations which actually completely got in the way of any understanding of it ...

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    Comment number 17.

    Why were there young children in the audience for the discussion part last night, Tuesday? At one point the young girl behind "Lucy" was seen yawning. It is past the 9pm Watershed and some of the comments were inappropriate with young children present such as Aliens probing human bodies and Dara's comment about not going to the toilet. Also, had everyone there been CRB checked? I know as a scout leader I have to be to interact with young people as Brian Cox was seen doing.

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    Comment number 18.

    Dear GOD mockers, you sit there and deny the existence of the Great Lord above, and yet You! expect us to believe in things we can't see! explain please? or is it dark matters fault. See you in another dimension,
    Wilfred.

    P.S How can you time travel when the future dosn't exist and the past is dead? would this mean that corpse's would rise from there graves (sound familiar o ye of little faith).

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    Comment number 19.

    message for scout leader.. I would take a geuss that the children were with their parents and is it not the parents responabilty to what the child hears/sees.

    There would be no need for CRB checks as the presenters were Not working with children . if you are unsure check the Directgov, it explains who needs to be CRB checked.

    I do agree with many of the above post re-Dara .I did menton in my first post my frustration of minor celebritys taking part.

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    Comment number 20.

    I don't get it? Why on earth is the "comedian" Dara O'Briain hosting this programme? The OBVIOUS choice is Brian May!
    Typical BBC oversight

 

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