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The Sky at Night

Last Updated on Thursday, 31 October 2013 12:49
Published on Thursday, 31 October 2013 09:44

The BBC has announced that it intends to continue its longest running astronomy series, The Sky at Night, with a new run beginning in February 2014, after which it will air in a monthly half hour slot on BBC Four.Patrick MooreSir Patrick Moore, who presented The Sky at Night for 55 years. The programme had been under review and many feared that it faced cancellation. Scientists and members of the public organised a campaign to save the programme, supported by the Royal Astronomical Society and the British Astronomical Association. An online petition organised by Open University students attracted more than 50,000 signatures, indicating the strength of public support for the Sky at Night and astronomy in general.

Prof. David Southwood, President of the Royal Astronomical Society, welcomed the BBC decision. "Many of today's leading researchers say that the Sky at Night helped inspire them to pursue their careers in science from an early age. It continues to engage the public with the exciting and yet accessible science of astronomy, from the constellations in the night sky to cutting-edge research in the UK and around the world. For all of those reasons I'm delighted by the BBC decision to continue with the programme."

The BBC announcement can be seen on their media page.