Blasting the kids into outer space

Tuesday 7 January 2014, 11:50

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Weather permitting we can all look to the heavens tonight as BBC Stargazing Live returns to our screens on BBC One at 8pm.

Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain are back at Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire with the latest news and the best views of the night sky.

Dark Skies, Brecon Beacons Night time fun in the Brecon Beacons by Dan Santillo

To coincide with three days of BBC Stargazing the National Museum Cardiff will be hosting a free fun day of activities, talks and displays on Saturday, 11 January between 10am-4pm.

Budding young astronomers will be able to find out what it was like to look through Galileo and Newton’s early telescopes, and how today’s high-tech telescopes compare.

Ever wondered how new planets are discovered? Learn how astronomers explore the sky at multiple wavelengths using the Herschel and Planck space telescopes.

There will be also an opportunity to hear two space talks. At 12pm Dr Chris North discusses the 'Mysteries of the Solar System'.

Then at 2pm Professor Mike Edmunds discusses the 'Expanding the Universe - Copernicus, Kepler, Galileo and Newton'.

In the meantime there's plenty to do on the BBC Stargazing website including 2014 Stargazing events, galleries, star guides and video clips to watch.

We also have a BBC Wales Flickr group dedicated to the Dark Skies reserve recently created over the Brecon Beacons National Park that you can add your celestial images to.

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