Science TV and Radio 2016: StarGazing Live

Almost 4 weeks ago a Soyuz rocket launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. This flight was special to those of us in the UK as it was carrying the first British Astronaut to visit the International Space Station, Tim Peake. My computer science class were invited to stay in with me during break to watch the launch; they all did.

There was a special pair of episodes of StarGazing Live on the 15th to accompany the launch, hosted by Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain from the Science Museum.

Over the holidays were the brilliant Christmas lectures about How to survive in space, which picked up Tim Peake’s story, hosted by Dr Kevin Fong. Please watch and encourage your students to – they were really very good and included contributions from Helen Sharman, the first British astronaut as well as other astronauts who have been to the ISS.

Continuing on this week there are going to be 4 episodes of Star Gazing Live – Tuesday to Friday at 9pm on BBC Two, with Dara, Brian and Tim O’Brien from Jodrell Bank. The Friday episode is a late addition to the schedules as Tim Peake is due to be doing a space walk so the programme is going to be reporting on that.

I hope you encourage your students to watch these programmes this week as they are reporting on a significant event in UK science.

In other news – I am building back up to supplying the TV and Radio guide. It’s been tough juggling family, teaching and other commitments but I do know it’s a very appreciated resource and I’m sorry you’ve had a term without it.

I’ll not commit to doing one next week – but if I can, I will.

Happy New Year.

P.S. If you want news of ISS flyovers in the UK @VirtualAstro is the account to follow on twitter. See also www.meteorwatch.org/