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

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  • Bremenacht 18 Jan 2012 19:11:51 21,767 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 21,767 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 6,740 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 36,860 posts
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    Grrrr, stupid cocking cloudy skies preventing me using my telescope.
  • jonsaan 8 Jan 2013 21:36:08 25,912 posts
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    @JuanKerr put that away you dirty boy!
  • Rusty_M 8 Jan 2013 21:38:24 5,421 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.
  • boo 8 Jan 2013 22:15:14 12,159 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.
  • boo 9 Jan 2013 22:14:02 12,159 posts
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    More good stuff tonight, plus loads of things about the origins of the universe that made my head hurt!
  • Fab4 10 Jan 2013 08:28:29 6,740 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 Funniest Forumite, 2014 10 Jan 2013 08:35:23 17,036 posts
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    Someone should remind him that things can only get better.
  • X201 10 Jan 2013 09:11:51 16,617 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 64,323 posts
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    I still find him absolutely nauseating, so generally flick over when he pops up.
  • JuanKerr 10 Jan 2013 09:15:15 36,860 posts
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    You're just secretly gay for him.
  • nickthegun 10 Jan 2013 09:16:29 64,323 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'.
  • billythekid 10 Jan 2013 09:16:43 11,759 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!
  • JuanKerr 10 Jan 2013 09:23:18 36,860 posts
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    That's because Andrew Marr is hideous to look at.
  • boo 10 Jan 2013 09:27:40 12,159 posts
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    Well he won't be doing any presenting for a while.
  • TheSaint 10 Jan 2013 09:28:34 15,765 posts
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    He's great on The Infinite Monkey Cage where everything is a bit more relaxed.
  • boo 8 Jan 2014 21:29:40 12,159 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.
  • Maturin 8 Jan 2014 21:47:49 3,638 posts
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    Proper good telly. I especially like the chat afterwards.
  • drhickman1983 8 Jan 2014 21:58:50 1,548 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 3,638 posts
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    Back to Earth is pretty similar to Infinite Monkey Cage.  Which is nice.
  • FartPipe 8 Jan 2014 22:13:54 4,137 posts
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    I generally tune in to this but especially tonight for Commander Hadfield, I have him on my Twitter feed.
  • reggy72 8 Jan 2014 22:14:29 411 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 24,192 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).
  • Inertia 9 Jan 2014 13:18:41 679 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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