Stargazing Live at Keele University

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Posted on 04 January 2011

Keele University is hosting free events at its observatory on January 4th and 5th as part of the BBC's Stargazing Live season, where beginners, amateur astronomers and professional stargazers will get a chance to explore the night sky.

We will begin by observing the Sun as it rises on the morning of January 4th, when the Sun will be in eclipse. On the evenings of January 4th and 5th we will look out for meteors from the Quadrantid meteor stream.

Astronomers will be on hand to guide visitors around the night sky, and to provide advice about starting out in astronomy and acquiring a telescope.

Please check out the Stargazing LIVE leaflet for further details or contact

 Stargazing LIVE – 3-5 January, 8pm, BBC Two

Stargazing LIVE events – 3-16 January, nationwide

The BBC is set to inspire a whole host of astronomers and stargazers in the North Staffordshire and South Cheshire areas to look to the skies this New Year in a season of events and programmes headed up by Prof. Brian Cox.

In January 2011, the newly-refurbished Keele Earth and Space Observatory in association with BBC Learning will host a Stargazing LIVE event on Keele University campus at the Keele Earth and Space Observatory on 4th January (08:30 and 19:00) and 5th January (19:00) .

See the Sun in eclipse as it rises on the morning of the 4th January, and observe the night sky on the evenings of the 4th and 5th January. For further details see the website

Residents in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire will be sharing the experience with tens of thousands of fellow stargazers as part of the nationwide extravaganza that is tied into the new BBC Two show Stargazing LIVE. In this  three-day, stripped event, which airs during the first week of January 2011, Professor Brian Cox will be joined by Dara O'Briain as the pair look to the skies to bring the wonders of the stars into our living rooms. Plus Mark Thompson, the One Show's resident astronomer, will be on-hand to offer viewers tips on how to navigate their own way across the skies.

"The night sky is one of nature's most incredible treasures so it’s fantastic that there are going to be Stargazing LIVE events up and down the country to give the public a chance to try their hand at stargazing,” says Mark Thompson, astronomer.

“And although a star filled sky can be daunting to many people taking their first steps around the sky, the Star Guide is an invaluable tool and will soon help newcomers to pick out some of the incredible sights of the Universe"

As well as the Stargazing LIVE events there will be other ways to get involved. Brian is asking stargazers of all levels to share their photographs of the night sky, with the best showcased during the live shows in January. Whether the pictures are of the moon or the planets, galaxies or nebulae, comets or meteors, the Stargazing LIVE team would love to see them. You can upload your images and download a comprehensive starter guide to the night sky by visiting

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? For further information about Stargazing LIVE at Keele: 01782-734086  during Keele events (morning and evening of 4th January, evening of 5th January - see above). Or 07814-427-672.