You may remember physicist Brian Cox from such hits as “patiently explaining climate change to a diehard denier” and “taking on the government to protect the BBC.”
He’s an international treasure, in other words, and Australia’s ABC network has given him a brand new space show. As thanks, presumably.
Stargazing Live will see Cox along with non-scientist (but excellent person) Julia Zemiro exploring the wonders of space and the cosmos, including taking live questions from the folks at home.
The show will broadcast for three nights from April 4 to 6 from the Siding Spring Observatory in rural New South Wales.
Episodes will look at the Milky Way, the planets and of course, aliens. As well as a cast of astrophysicists and astronomers, the show will explore Indigenous knowledge of the stars with guest Michael Anderson, a Lawman of the Euahlayi nation and treasured activist.
Each show will also be followed by a space-version of Gogglebox — 30 minutes where Cox and Zemiro will answer questions asked over social media from the audience in a segment called Stargazing Live: Back To Earth.
It’s worth tuning in. After all, SpaceX intends to send two as yet unnamed people in a loop around the moon in 2018. It could be you next time (if you’ve got that kind of cash), so best study up.