Brian Cox: A Night with the Stars / Stargazing Live Page 2

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  • Bremenacht 18 Jan 2012 19:11:51 18,458 posts
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    Well, smug or not, he's doing something right. He's making science & astronomy popular again. Astronomy was going the way of train-spotting before he turned up.

    Well. Maybe not that bad.
  • Bremenacht 18 Jan 2012 22:18:21 18,458 posts
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    That was good stuff.

    Anyone who enjoyed the radio astronomy bits should nip out and buy or rent Contact, if they haven't seen it already.
  • Fab4 8 Jan 2013 21:02:13 6,092 posts
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    Good to see it back again. They should do an entire show from NASA though. Also, I think ESA's rover was built in a shed :D
  • JuanKerr 8 Jan 2013 21:28:43 36,280 posts
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    Grrrr, stupid cocking cloudy skies preventing me using my telescope.
  • jonsaan 8 Jan 2013 21:36:08 25,353 posts
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    @JuanKerr put that away you dirty boy!

    FCUTA!

  • Rusty_M 8 Jan 2013 21:38:24 4,706 posts
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    Wouldn't mind watching this but I'm round at the future in-laws' outside Dumfries.

    Bit of a bitch to have to drive down here after work to attend a funeral. There was a nasty looking accident on the road.

    Anyway, my main point was I'd forgotten how amazing the sky is out here in the countryside. It's not far from one of the darkest areas in Britain, Galloway Country Park. It'd be great to be able to watch this then have a look outside. Tonight there is the rare occurrence of a sky that isn't overcast.

    The world is going mad. Me? I'm doing fine.

  • boo 8 Jan 2013 22:15:14 11,794 posts
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    Prog was great. The BBC are excellent at this sort of thing. Plenty of good science, but enough basic stuff that a 10 year old watching might get inspired.

    Could have done without David Baddiel though.

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  • boo 9 Jan 2013 22:14:02 11,794 posts
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    More good stuff tonight, plus loads of things about the origins of the universe that made my head hurt!

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  • Fab4 10 Jan 2013 08:28:29 6,092 posts
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    Yeah my brain always hurts whenever they start talking about what happened before the big bang, or what is the universe expanding into.

    I follow Prof Cox on Twitter and he doesn't half come across as a curmudgeonly fucker sometimes.
  • neilka 10 Jan 2013 08:35:23 16,101 posts
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    Someone should remind him that things can only get better.

    Lastly, I am gay, disabled, and a liberal.

  • LeoliansBro 10 Jan 2013 08:38:53 44,416 posts
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    Read 'Why does e=mc2', his book on it. Accessible enough but shows you just why the universe is like it is.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • X201 10 Jan 2013 09:11:51 15,519 posts
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    Fab4 wrote:

    I follow Prof Cox on Twitter and he doesn't half come across as a curmudgeonly fucker sometimes.
    Nobber! :)
  • nickthegun 10 Jan 2013 09:14:18 60,136 posts
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    I still find him absolutely nauseating, so generally flick over when he pops up.

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  • JuanKerr 10 Jan 2013 09:15:15 36,280 posts
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    You're just secretly gay for him.
  • Deckard1 10 Jan 2013 09:15:55 28,244 posts
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    He's all melty and creepy. Like having a warm cup of piss pored down the back of your neck. I like him.
  • nickthegun 10 Jan 2013 09:16:29 60,136 posts
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    I wish. Then I would be able to bore people down the pub with a recital of 'the big bang for dummies'.

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  • billythekid 10 Jan 2013 09:16:43 11,146 posts
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    X201 wrote:
    Fab4 wrote:

    I follow Prof Cox on Twitter and he doesn't half come across as a curmudgeonly fucker sometimes.
    Nobber! :)
    He can stand by that spelling all he likes, it's not correct I tell you!
  • LeoliansBro 10 Jan 2013 09:20:38 44,416 posts
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    I have to say, like Andrew Marr I prefer him as a writer to as a presenter.

    LB, you really are a massive geek.

  • JuanKerr 10 Jan 2013 09:23:18 36,280 posts
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    That's because Andrew Marr is hideous to look at.
  • boo 10 Jan 2013 09:27:40 11,794 posts
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    Well he won't be doing any presenting for a while.

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  • TheSaint 10 Jan 2013 09:28:34 14,478 posts
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    He's great on The Infinite Monkey Cage where everything is a bit more relaxed.
  • Deckard1 10 Jan 2013 09:28:52 28,244 posts
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    See what you've done JuanKerr
  • boo 8 Jan 2014 21:29:40 11,794 posts
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    Anybody watching this? Was on last night, tonight and tomorrow, and it's brilliant!
    Best use of the licence fee I've seen for a long time.

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  • Maturin 8 Jan 2014 21:47:49 3,031 posts
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    Proper good telly. I especially like the chat afterwards.
  • drhickman1983 8 Jan 2014 21:58:50 345 posts
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    I rather like Brian Cox, I actually think as well as being a good communicator of science he's also actually quite funny, and whilst I can see why some people find him smug, listening to The Infinite Monkey Cage podcasts he seems able to take jokes at his expense.

    I actually think the Back to Earth segment is my favourite bit.
  • Maturin 8 Jan 2014 22:03:31 3,031 posts
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    Back to Earth is pretty similar to Infinite Monkey Cage.  Which is nice.
  • OptimusPube 8 Jan 2014 22:13:54 3,071 posts
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    I generally tune in to this but especially tonight for Commander Hadfield, I have him on my Twitter feed.

    You better watch out.
    You better beware.
    Albert said E=MC˛

  • reggy72 8 Jan 2014 22:14:29 285 posts
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    PazJohnMitch wrote:
    He is a much better lecturer than the ones I had at uni. Although he is talking about relatively simple Physics / Chemistry.

    Why do I get the impression something is about to go pop?
    Isn't one of the stars that constitutes the constellation of Orion on the brink of going super nova?
  • mal 9 Jan 2014 00:32:17 22,605 posts
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    Yes, Betelgeuse is due to go pop in the next million years or so. That's the reddish star that's his left (to us) shoulder (his right if you assume he's facing us).

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • Inertia 9 Jan 2014 13:18:41 677 posts
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    http://www.foyles.co.uk/event-chris-hadfield

    It's a book signing in London Charing Cross Road if you can get there for lunch on Wednesday 15th January 2014 12:30 Noon - 1:30pm. Best to book a ticket by email though.

    I'm not sure if he is giving a small talk or just signing books. Maybe both.

    Edited by Inertia at 13:21:25 09-01-2014
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