Today on Far Future Horizons we present the final episode of the first season of the incredible three part series hosted Stargazing Live with Brian Cox and Dara Ó Briain.
In this third instalment Brian talks to the astronauts on board the International Space Station, and the team talk to a European astronaut. Mark gives amateur stargazers a chance to watch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Liz looks at the night skies from beautiful Hawaii and shows us some of the telescopes.
Stargazing Live is a British live television program on astronomy that was first broadcast for three evenings on BBC Two between 3 and 5 January 2011, with a second series broadcast between 16 and 18 January 2012, a third series between 8 and 10 January 2013, a fourth series between 7 and 9 January 2014, a fifth series from March 18 and March 20, 2015, and now between January 12 and January 15, 2016. The series is primarily presented by scientist Brian Cox and comedian and amateur astronomer Dara Ó Briain with support from TV presenter and biochemist Liz Bonnin and astronomer Mark Thompson. It is broadcast from Jodrell Bank Observatory[ and has featured live links from scientific facilities in Hawaii, South Africa, Norway and NASA.
Both series featured scientist and TV presenter Brian Cox, comedian and amateur astronomer Dara O’Briain, TV presenter Liz Bonnin and astronomer Mark Thompson. It was hosted at Jodrell Bank Observatory.] It was viewed by 3.62 million people.
The first series was scheduled to coincide with the partial Solar eclipse of January 4, 2011, a conjunction of Jupiter and Uranus, and the Quadrantid meteor shower. It also featured Jonathan Ross learning how to spot planets, and a discussion with the International Space Station.
Scientific advisors for the first series included Dan Hillier, manager of the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh, and visitor centre.
To coincide with both series of the show, hundreds of Stargazing Live events were run across the UK, including star parties and 'sidewalk astronomy' sessions. Many of these events were organised by local astronomy societies and universities.
The show returned for a second series on 16-18 January 2012. The first episode had a theme about the moon, including a live interview with 'the last man on the moon, Apollo 17 astronaut Eugene Cernan.
The second series was a co-production with the Open University, with OU science consultants Dr Andrew Norton, Dr Dave Rothery and Dr Stephen Serjeant.
The Daily Mail back in January reports that in the United Kingdom there was 500% increasein telescope sales a steep rise in the number of students taking A-Level maths, physics and chemistry.
Stargazing Live Episode 3
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