A chance to get lost in space
Stargazing Live co-host Brian Cox will be joined by Julia Zemiro as we are invited to look to the heavens After successfully running as a live event since 2011 on the BBC, Stargazing Live comes to the Siding Spring Observatory near Coonabarabran in NSW, hosted by Brian Cox and Julia Zemiro and screening on the ABC. (Cox and comedian Dara O Briain filmed the version for British audiences there last week.)
Over three consecutive nights, Cox and Zemiro will be joined by a cast of leading scientists, celebrities and others in surveying the southern skies and hoping to inspire audiences to do the same. The guests include CSIRO astrophysicist Lisa Harvey-Smith, indigenous Australian Michael Anderson, science advocate Chris Lintott, local astronomer Greg Quicke, plus comedian Josh Thomas and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis.
Tuesday night’s episode looks at the Milky Way; Wednesday, the planets; and the third and final episode on Thursday addresses alien life.
Throughout the series, audiences will be invited to join an online experiment to discover a new planet, the so-called “Planet 9” whose presence is suggested by gravitation effects. Cox told the British press he hoped it would be found by a child, who would be entitled by convention to name it: “I’d love it if it ended up being called Planet Kevin,” he said.
It will be followed each night by Stargazing Live: Back to Earth at 9.30pm on ABC Two, a 30minute special in which viewers can take part in discussions live on air with Cox via social media.
Plus, for the kiddies, a new six-part animated series created by Camilla Hannan and animated by Isobel Knowles called Stargazing for Beginners will screen daily at 5.35pm, on ABC Me and also iView from Monday. 8.30pm, ABC. Tuesday to Thursday,