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Eternal Watchman
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Posted: 2003-August-02 at 8:53am | IP Logged  

For all of you interested in Mars (especially this summer!), you may find this to be worthwhile. The BBC's ongoing series, "The Sky at Night" is airing a new episode for August called "Mars: The Next Frontier". Here's the episode description:

"This is the year of the Red Planet, when Mars will be at its closest to Earth. With three probes on their way to Mars, due to land Christmas Day onwards, the hope is we will find out if there is, or has been, life on Mars. In this special programme, Patrick Moore talks to Sir Arthur C Clarke about terraforming and manned exploration, and to Beagle 2's creator, Professor Colin Pillinger."

Broadcast: 4 August, BBC One, 12.30am
Repeat: 9 August, BBC Two, 11.30am

If you don't have access the the BBC channels, they will have it available online sometime soon after the initial broadcast at this location:
BBC - The Sky at Night

Past episodes are already there for online viewing and are generally very good. Check it out.
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Posted: 2003-August-02 at 12:36pm | IP Logged  

Are those times EST or GMT or what?
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Posted: 2003-August-04 at 4:07am | IP Logged  

Interesting.

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Sorry, have been out of town the last few days and was also not able to see the first showing.  The times were copied from the BBC site, so that is a good question as to the time zone.  I'd guess UK?
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Posted: 2003-August-06 at 1:02am | IP Logged  

Ok, thanks. I don't suppose you know if that is BBC Prime or BBC World, do you?

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No, sorry...as for myself, I'm going to have to see it online...(same page as the link above).
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That's OK, we probably won't be back to Jordan in time to see it. Thanks anyway.
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hey, does anyone watch the planets with a telescope? I've seen Mars a few times, but Jupiter and Saturn are more interesting as they show more, like moons and rings
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I'm a fellow telescoper. Yes, Jupiter and Saturan are pretty exciting to look at through a telescope. It's very rewarding when looking at a live image, especially when it's in space.
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i had a telescope with only 90 mm opening, and still i was able to see the red spot on jupiter, and Saturn's Titan was simple awesome, unfortunately the optics are ruined now and i dont have much time to stargaze anymore
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