During January 2011 take a look to the skies as part of BBC Stargazing Live.
Professor Brian Cox (physicist and presenter) will explore the skies live on air in a TV series on BBC Two.
A number of local events will also be taking place throughout the North East organised by local astronomical societies.
The skies of January 2011 will feature the opportunities to see: Jupiter, Uranus, Saturn and the Quadrantid Meteor Shower.
Look to the skies
Professor Brian Cox
and comedian Dara O'Briain are preparing to bring the wonders of the stars to BBC Two.
will reveal images from the most powerful telescopes on Earth, and beyond, during three nights of astronomical events between Monday, 3 January and Wednesday, 5 January 2011.
The programme will be based at Jodrell Bank in Cheshire.
These should be viewable in the sky between 3 to 5 January 2011
Jupiter viewable 8-9pm
Uranus viewable 8-9pm
Saturn viewable 6am
Taurus viewable each day
Pole Star viewable on all days
Andromeda viewable on all days
Brian Cox will take Dara O'Briain - a trained physicist and frustrated astronomer - on a crash course in our skies' marvels.
will be live in Hawaii to explain how stars affect us even during daytime and The One Show's astronomer, Mark Thompson, will offer tips on finding your way around the night sky.
North East events
Find out what's on near you with the
There are events already scheduled for near you. These include:
A number of events are taking place at the Kielder Observatory across 3, 4 and 5 January. For more information on these
or see the official
Centre For Life - 8 and 9 January, 12pm - 3pm
Star trails at Kielder. Picture: Mike Dickson
Visit Life's planetarium for a presenter-led tour of the night's sky and join in a workshop to make a simple sextant to take home. Entry charge to the centre. No pre-booking required. Fun for all the family.
Contact: 0191 243 8210 or visit the
Seaton Sluice - 4 January, 7:00 - 9:00pm
An observation of the night sky with members of the public at Seaton Sluice Middle School. Come and use telescopes to observe the stars and planets, particularly Jupiter. All ages welcome. No booking or equipment required. Parking available at the school and on nearby streets.
Contact: 07990 992187 or see their website:
Newcastle Astronomical Society.
Astronomers of all levels to being asked to share their best
in the Stargazing Live photo group.
The most outstanding will be showcased on air.
The group is all about enjoying the best astronomy images and helping members improve their astrophotography.
Please share your knowledge as well as your photographs - and please tag your pictures with subject, 'programme theme' and location.