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Stargazing in Cornwall
Partial Solar Eclipse
A Partial Solar Eclipse took place on Tuesday 4 January 2011

The Cornish sky at night can be home to some amazing sights.

In December Cornwall was one of the best places to see the total lunar eclipse.

The full Moon passes through the shadow created by the Earth blocking the Sun's light.

It was the first total lunar eclipse in three years.

On Tuesday 4 January a partial eclipse of the Sun took place.

One of the best places in Cornwall to be watching the heavens from Tuesday 4 January will be the Eden Project near St Austell.

From 5pm-10pm the Project's Visitor centre will screen feeds from telescopes around the world.

There'll be a chance to use some very high powered telescopes to see Jupiter and Uranus together

Stargazing Opportunities in January 2011

From the 3-5 January there will be a feast of delights for you to enjoy in the sky. These include:

  • Quadrantid Meteor Shower peaks: 2100GMT 3 Jan and 0600GMT 4 Jan
  • Orion (Betelgeuse and Orion Nebula): viewable on all 3 days
  • Taurus: viewable on all 3 days
  • Pole Star: viewable on all 3 days
  • Andromeda: viewable on all 3 days
  • Jupiter: viewable live 2000-2100GMT on all 3 days
  • Uranus: viewable live 2000-2100GMT on all 3 days
  • Saturn: viewable from 0600GMT on all 3 days

Stargazing on your TV

You can watch 'Stargazing Live' on 3, 4 and 5 January 2011 at 8pm on BBC Two. The programme, which will be broadcast live from Jodrell Bank Observatory in Cheshire, featuring epic images from observatories around the globe.

You can interact live with the show which will be broadcasting images from two stunning events taking place during the first week of January, the Quadrantid Meteor Shower and the very rare Partial Solar Eclipse.

Stargazing Live is on BBC2 on the evenings of Monday 3, Tuesday 4 and Wednesday 5 January.


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