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6th January 2012 13:08:00
Posted by Eli Lower

Stargazing Live returns to celebrate Space once more.

Stargazing Live, hosted by Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will return later this month (starting 8.30pm, Mon 16 January, BBC Two; and then at 8pm on Tuesday and Wednesday) in a three-night spectacular that will culminate in switching off the 177 street lights of Dulverton in Somerset, live on air at approximately 8.15pm. The show will attempt to turn every single light in the town off at the same time, demonstrating the beauty of a night sky free of the effects of light pollution. It will, of course, also require the residents of the town to turn off their lights too.

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Over the course of the three nights, the Stargazing Live team will be switching off lights across the country (at venues including the Eden Project and the Clifton Suspension Bridge) to demonstrate just how magical UK landmarks can look when light pollution is removed. Professor Brian Cox and Dara O Briain will broadcast live from the control room of the Jodrell Bank radio observatory in Cheshire, interacting live with the audience and the country’s finest astronomers to explore the wonders of the skies above Britain. They will be joined by celebrities and experts including Jon Culshaw and their guest of honour Captain Eugene Cernan, the last man ever to walk on the surface of the moon.

In episode one, Brian and Dara will look at Moons, the Galaxy in episode 2, and the Search For Life in episode 3, teaching us everything we’ve always wanted to know about the Solar System, our Milky Way and the deepest recesses of space.

They will also be tackling questions such as Why Does the Moon Cause The Tides?, How Do We Know Where Black Holes Are When They Are impossible To See? and What Will We Actually Say If We Ever Make Contact With An Alien Race? There will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.

Stargazing Live airs at 8.30pm, Monday 16 January; 8pm, Tuesday 17 January; and 8pm, Wednesday 18 January.

To find out more, you can visit the BBC Programmes page for Stargazing Live.