A day out in Bakewell with CBeebies Stargazing!

It’s that time of year again – Stargazing Live will be on BBC2 at 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday this week. This year Brian Cox and Dara O’Briain have swapped Jodrell Bank for Siding Springs Observatory in Australia, so hopefully we’ll get to see the skies of the southern hemisphere rather than cloudy Cheshire.

But did you know there’s also a CBeebies Stargazing series, aimed at 5-7 year olds, that is broadcast alongside the main show? The 15 minute programme, presented by Chris Jarvis and Maggie Aderin-Pocock, will be on the CBeebies channel at 5:40pm Monday to Friday this week.

Hartwell Hall in Derbyshire. Photo: Dayl Martin

Hartwell Hall, Bakewell, Derbyshire. Photo: Dayl Martin

The CBeebies Stargazing team didn’t get to join Brian and Dara on their trip to Australia, instead they spent a  cold January in Bakewell, Derbyshire and keilder, Northumberland.

Dayl and I joined the crew for a day to accompany a very special guest to the show! Our sample of the Martian meteorite Tissint features in a starring role in the final episode of the series, “Back to Earth“, due to be broadcast on Friday. In this episode the Stargazers are on a mission to find tiny things on Earth that remind them of space

This is the 4th series of CBeebies Stargazing, and material from previous series, and activities for little stargazers, is available online.

Thanks for having us CBeebies, we had a fun day, and hope we can join you again next year. I’m only disappointed the children had already finished throwing asteroids at Mars (or footballs into a pool of red balls) before we arrived!

Update, 04/04/17: CBeebies Stargazing, including the “Back to Earth” episode, is available to UK viewers on Cbeebies iPlayer for a limited time.


Dayl and I with Maggie Aderin-Pockock, CBeebies Chris Jarvis, and of course Mars in Mission Control.


About Sarah Crowther

I'm a Post Doc in the Isotope Geochemistry and Cosmochemistry group. I study xenon isotope ratios using the RELAX mass spectrometer, to try to learn more about the origins and evolution of our solar system. I look at a wide range of samples from solar wind returned by NASA's Genesis mission to zircons (some of the oldest known terrestrial rocks), from meteorites to presolar grains.
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