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#OneADay 4 – Moar Science Pl0x

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How bloody brilliant is this week’s Stargazing Live show on the BBC? When I first heard about it, I thought it would be one of those terribly dull documentaries with endless shots of constellations drawn on a night sky and some bollocks about the history of their names. It’s not that at all.

Presented by Prof Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain, it’s a lovely mix of piss-taking, real science, woo-debunking and pissing about with props. Yesterday we were warned about the dangers of being in hotels during 2012 (O’Briain says that the planets will align and all the hotels will collapse. Cox says he’s talking crap). Today we had a serious scientific question about the frequencies of stars. Of course, I have no idea what the question, nor the answer was because I was too busy giggling at O’Briain asking it through a helium squeak but I was entertained and it does make science much more appealing.

This the crux of it, really. When one of the UK’s leading entertainers has to ask how long it takes light to reach us from a galaxy 2.5 million light years away… clearly there’s a need for more emphasis on science in this country. Blending comedy with proper education on prime time television with a presenter who is clearly passionate about his subject (Cox) is a great help.

And finally, get yourself and all your friends a ticket to next May’s national science tour, Uncaged Monkeys around the UK. Featuring… Ben Goldacre, Prof Brian Cox, Simon Singh and Robin Ince. Should be a great show.

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Written by Weefz

4 January, 2011 at 9:50 pm

4 Responses

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  1. Hi I have tried to get a Planisphere searching the web but unable to buy new, can you tell me where is best place to get one.

    Many thanks

    Trevor

    Trevor

    5 January, 2011 at 6:25 pm

  2. Totally agree,enjoyed every bit, especially when they suggested getting a Planisphere as we publish them! Go to http://www.mapstop.co.uk Sorry, didn’t meant this to be an advert!

    Alan Smith

    6 January, 2011 at 4:09 pm

  3. Heha, no worries, Alan. The public needs to know! ;)

    Weefz

    7 January, 2011 at 12:33 am

  4. Hi Trevor, not sure if you picked up my post but you can get them from here http://www.mapstop.co.uk/product9094_Planisphere—NEW—–Global-Mapping.aspx
    They were only published in July so we have plenty in stock
    Alan

    Alan Smith

    7 January, 2011 at 7:56 am


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