With the second series of BBC2’s ‘Stargazing Live’ over, lofts across Britain are once again filling up with the telescopes bought after the first series.
Last year’s series saw astrophysicist Brain Cox and space stooge Dara O’Briain inspire millions to buy specialist equipment to observe the wonders of the heavens, before losing interest and stashing them in lofts. But when series two was broadcast, owners craned once more towards the roof space and dusted off their telescopes, before realising why they’d put them up there in the first place.
“Standing around in the cold and looking up was less exciting than I’d remembered”, admitted Jeremy Winston of Cleethorpes, “particularly with it being all cloudy, and the neighbour’s security lights blazing away.”
The BBC is planning to re-rekindle the nation’s love of cosmology, for an hour and a half in the Spring.