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Stargazing Live

Stargazing Live is a BBC documentary series on astronomy, which is primarily presented by scientist Brian Cox and amateur astronomer Dara O Briain with support from TV presenter 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.

The first series of the program, broadcast between 3 and 5 January 2011, discusses how to observe and take pictures over three busy days in the celestial calendar, with a meteor shower, a partial eclipse of the sun and the biggest planet in our solar system, Jupiter. And the second series, broadcast between 16 and 18 January 2011, focuses on topics about the moon, black holes, and the possible existence of extra-terrestrial life.

Episode 1 - Jupiter
Jonathan Ross is shown how to use a telescope, Brian Cox explains why planets are spheres, Hawaii becomes home to Liz Bonnin, who talks about Mars and Mark Thompson gives tips on how to take brilliant night photographs.

Episode 2 - The Sun
Liz Bonnin shows images of the Sun and talks about blackouts from CMEs, Brian Cox explains how to know where every planet will be at a certain time. The presenters talk about Andromeda Galaxy.

Episode 3 - Meteors
Brian Cox talks to the astronauts on board the International Space Station, Mark Thompson gives amateur stargazers a chance to watch the Quadrantid Meteor Shower, Liz Bonnin looks at night skies from Hawaii.

Episode 4 - The Moon
Brian Cox and Dara O Briain speak to commander of the Apollo 17 mission Eugene Cernan, Mark Thompson presents a guide to show which telescopes amateurs should use, Liz Bonnin is at SALT in South Africa.

Episode 5 - Black Holes
Brian Cox explains how black holes are formed, Liz Bonnin is at SALT in South Africa, Mark Thompson takes four budding astronomers from the light polluted skies of London to a dark spot.

Episode 6 - Aliens
The team hunt for aliens, viewers discover a new planet, Dara O Briain and Brian Cox hear the sound of a far off object, Mark Thompson convinces a whole town to switch off their lights live.


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