Over three consecutive nights across ABC, ABC2 and ABC iview, renowned physicist Professor Brian Cox and presenter Julia Zemiro are joined by a cast of Australia’s leading scientists and some familiar faces to inspire the nation to ‘look up’ and appreciate the unique wonders of space and our cosmos. The three-night broadcast will be Executive Produced on the FMA side by Lara Hopkins.
Broadcasting live from the Siding Spring Observatory, Australia's premier optical and infrared astronomical observatory, Professor Cox will lead a breathtaking journey through space using state-of-the-art technology and interacting live with viewers.
Australians have the opportunity to have their night sky pictures and video featured on the show - by adding the hashtag #StargazingABC to Instagram, or uploading at abc.net.au/stargazing
Episode 1 will look at the Milky Way, Episode 2 focuses on Planets while Episode 3 tackles Aliens. Throughout the series, the audience will be invited to join an online experiment to discover a brand new planet, far outside the confines of our solar system.
Professor Cox and Julia will be joined by experts including astrophysicist Dr Lisa Harvey-Smith from the CSIRO; astronomer Greg Quicke; Indigenous Australian Michael Anderson who, as a senior Lawman and a knowledge holder, shares some of the ancient wisdoms of his Peoples' connection to the universe; and ‘Citizen Science’ advocate Dr Chris Lintott. Joining the experts will be familiar faces including actor comedian Josh Thomas and Gardening Australia’s Costa Georgiadis as they take part in exploring space. ABC News Presenter Kumi Taguchi will also help anchor the series and take part in regular live crosses.
In their own unique style, the pair will tackle some of the most intriguing questions in astronomy, such as what happens if you were sucked into a Black Hole, and do aliens exist? Closer to home, there will also be hints and tips for getting started in stargazing and advice on navigating your way around the skies.
Following each night’s Stargazing Live broadcast on ABC will be Stargazing Live: Back To Earth, a 30-minute special on ABC2 in which viewers can use social media to put questions directly to Professor Cox and Julia and take part in astronomy related discussions and debates live on air. Audiences will be encouraged to send questions to #CoxQuestions.
In the lead up to Stargazing Live, a comprehensive suite of astronomy-themed content will be showcased across ABC Radio, TV, iview and online.
Stargazing Live 4,5,6 April 2017 8.30pm AEST & ABC iview, 8pm SA + NT, 8.30pm AWST
Stargazing Live: Back To Earth 9.30pm AEST on ABC2 & ABC iview, 9pm SA + NT, 9.30pm AWST
Both programs will also be streamed live on both ABC TV Facebook and Youtube channels.
Stargazing Live is based on a format devised by the BBC, licensed by BBC Worldwide and produced by FremantleMedia Australia for the ABC.