A chance to get lost in space

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Television Free To Air - Stargaz­ing Live,

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,

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