BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns 16th-18th January

January 12, 2012

by yaska77

After three incredibly successful shows last year the BBC’s Stargazing LIVE returns for a second three-night run on BBC Two (and HD) next week.

Professor Brian Cox and comedian Dara O Briain return to get Britain looking skyward! Credit: BBC/Open University

Aimed at encouraging everyone – whether complete beginner or enthusiastic amateur – to get out and enjoy the wonders of the night sky, Professor Brian Cox (Wonders of the Solar System/Universe) and comedian (and enthusiast!) Dara O Briain will once again be appearing live from the famous Jodrell Bank Observatory.

Helped by astronomer Mark Thompson and presenter Liz Bonnin, the show will interact with the audience, answering questions and utilising some of Britain’s finest astronomical minds to explore the sights in the night sky over our heads.

With binoculars or a small telescope you can see Jupiter’s moons! (click to enlarge) – Credit: Sky-Watching/A.Welbourn

Each programme will be followed by “Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth”, a half hour show where the presenters and their guests return for additional debate and audience participation.

To find out more about the Stargazing LIVE and some of the interesting topics they will be discussing have a look on the Stargazing LIVE website here.

There are also a lot of Stargazing events happening up and down the country which you can attend, to find out if there are any in your area you can search by your postcode on the Stargazing activities page here.

Observing the night sky can become incredibly addictive!

Last year was a great series (despite our own sky being blocked out by clouds for pretty much the entire three days) so if you have any interest in astronomy (and let’s face it, you’re reading this on our astronomy blog) it’s well worth a watch!

Programme Guide (BBC2 and BBC HD)

Monday 16th January

20:30 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 1
21:30 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 1

Tuesday 17th January

20:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 2
21:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 2

Wednesday 18th January

20:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Episode 3
21:00 GMT – Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth Episode 3

We’ll be watching the show and commenting on Twitter, so why not Tweet us your own views and astro pictures, and we’ll share them with our followers!

**For information about the latest series (starting 8th January 2013) click here**



  1. Thanks for the reminder – I’m looking forward to it!

    • I’ve got everything crossed that the skies will be clear! šŸ™‚

  2. Many congratulations to our Twitter friend Julian Cooper (@Ju_Cooper) who had one of his awesome moon photos shown on Stargazing LIVE – Back to Earth last night! šŸ™‚

    • Fantastic! šŸ˜‰

  3. Please can we have more Stargazing live!Once a year is not enough,how about one for each season.


    • We’ve been pushing for the same thing on Twitter! šŸ™‚ Would be good to have the show back when the skies have changed throughout the year šŸ™‚

      • Totally agree! It was a great show.

  4. I went out after Monday night’s show (and WELL into Tuesday morning) and took loads of photos as the sky was nice and clear šŸ™‚

    I’m working through processing them and will post the ones I like best here soon šŸ™‚

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