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Stargazing Live needs you!

Prof Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain
Brian Cox and Dara O'Briain will guide the audience on an astronomical journey

If you were an avid stargazer as a child but haven't looked down a telescope since, a BBC series wants to rekindle your interest in astronomy.

Scientist Prof Brian Cox and comedian Dara O'Briain are teaming up to present three days of live stargazing.

As well as watching on BBC Two, they want you to take part by going to a local event or joining in from home.

Stargazing Live has been scheduled from from 3-5 January 2011 to coincide with a number of astronomical events.

People across the UK should be able to observe the alignment of Uranus and Jupiter, a partial solar eclipse and the Quadrantid meteor shower.

But where are the best places to see these phenomena in our patch?

Peter Struve from Swindon Stargazers says: "If weather permits, it's best to try and get away from the glare of street lights as this seriously limits what you can see.

"Having said that there places in Wiltshire you can go. My recommendations would be Barbury Castle, Hackpen Hill, Avebury, both East and West Kennet and Lacock.

"But probably the best place of all would be around Salisbury Plain."

As Peter said, visibility will of course depend on the weather, so it's wise to check the forecast before looking skyward.

BBC West meteorologist Richard Angwin says as the nights are still long in January, there's plenty of scope for viewing the sky:

"Although there is usually bad weather during the month, it is a time for fast-moving weather systems and therefore there are sure to be a few fine, clear evenings."

Time-lapse photograph of the stars
Time-lapse photography can generate amazing images of the night sky

Trained physicist Dara O'Briain is a frustrated astronomer, who has been living with an unopened telescope in his attic for as long as he can remember.

During the programme, Brian Cox takes Dara on a crash course of the skies, showing him how to spot and take pictures of celestial marvels.

And Brian is asking astronomers of all levels to share their best photographs of the night skies online, to be showcased during the live shows.

Whether the pictures are of the moon or the planets, galaxies or nebulae, comets or meteors, the Stargazing team would love to see them.

For a chance to get your pictures featured live, send images to stargazing@bbc.co.uk or visit Stargazing Live website for more information.

Free Stargazing Live events are taking place across the country to coincide with the broadcast in January.

In Wiltshire, the village of Lacock is hosting an exciting stargazing event. The event, which is supported by the Science and Technology Facilities Council, will take place on Saturday 8 January from 12pm-8pm.

If you would like further details or to register your interest in coming along to the event, please contact Tony Buckley on: Mob: 07799 767603.

From star parties to sidewalk astronomy sessions, viewers can find other events near them by searching the map on the Stargazing Live website.

You can watch Stargazing Live on 3, 4 and 5 January 2011 at 8pm on BBC Two.





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