What Is “Star Gazers”?
“Star Gazers” is the world’s only weekly television series on naked eye astronomy. Each weekly episode features selected objects for naked eye viewing for the following week. There are two versions of “Star Gazers”, one 5 minutes long and the other 1 minute long.
“Star Gazers” is made available free of charge to all PBS television stations. If your PBS station is not currently carrying “Star Gazer” you may wish to CONTACT them.
You may also view “Star Gazers” episodes on the star gazer web site and stream video episodes online, using either Quicktime, an IPod or Youtube.
Also on this web site you will find all current and past scripts for “Star Gazers” with accompanying star charts and diagrams.
Most Frequently Asked Questions
Question: What is the most frequently asked question about ‘STAR GAZER’?
Answer: That’s easy. Everybody asks about our theme song which is the classic ‘Arabesque #1’ by Claude Debussy performed by Isao Tomita on the still available “Snowflakes Are Dancing” album (RCA 60579-2-RG).
Question: Why did you change the name of the show from ‘JACK HORKHEIMER : STAR HUSTLER’ TO ‘JACK HORKHEIMER : STAR GAZER’ ?
Answer: The name was changed due to our presence on the internet. When people, especially children, were accessing our Star Hustler site by using a search engine, STAR HUSTLER was not the HUSTLER they got to link to…so, after some upset folks wrote to us calling attention to the situation we realized that like it or not, the word Hustler didn’t have the same connotation as it did when the show began over two decades ago.
Question: At what times and days of the week can I see ‘STAR GAZER’?
Answer: Most TV stations air ‘STAR GAZER’ just before nightly sign-off. However, due to ‘STAR GAZER’S’ enormous popularity a number of stations find the show’s 5-minute format can fit anywhere during the broadcast day and air the show more frequently. Local TV listings seldom include 5-minute shows and we now have a one minute version of Star Gazer, so it’s best to call the station for the broadcast schedule. Visit http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html for help in locating your local PBS station.
Question: If I can’t find ‘STAR GAZER’ on my hometown PBS station, how can I see it where I live?
Answer: ‘STAR GAZER’ is provided free of charge by WPBT, Miami to all PBS stations. If you can’t find it, write or call your local PBS station and ask if they will air it and remind them that it is available free of charge. Visit http://www.pbs.org/stationfinder/index.html for help in locating your local PBS station.
Question: Is it necessary to get special permission to use ‘STAR GAZER’ for astronomy club meetings, teaching in the classroom, science museum or planetarium use?
Answer: No, in fact, many astronomy clubs, teachers, science museums and planetariums have been taping ‘STAR GAZER’ off the air and using it regularly as a way to reach their public.
Question: Is there any way I can get ‘STARGAZER’ other than my local PBS station?
Answer: Yes. A month’s worth of ‘ STAR GAZER’ episodes are fed monthly to a satellite from which all PBS stations take it for their local programming. Anyone with the proper equipment to take a digital feed is welcome to the satellite feed. For satellite feed dates and times see the Star Gazer Info page or call Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 (Eastern time) 305-646-4274. Ask for Mr. Dishong.
Question: I am a teacher planning my curriculum and would like several ‘STAR GAZER’ episodes in advance, but I do not have access to a satellite dish. Is there any other way I can obtain ‘STAR GAZER’?
Answer: Any teacher anywhere around the world can obtain ‘STAR GAZER’ episodes in advance through their NASA C.O.R.E. Teacher’s Resource Center. For details write NASA C.O.R.E., Lorain County Joint Vocational School, 15181 Route 58 South, Oberlin, OH . 44074.
Question: Why does STAR GAZER always say “Keep Looking Up!” at the end of each show?
Answer: Have you ever tried Star Gazing looking down?
Star Gazers Show Episodes and Air Dates
|Bye-Bye Mars And Venus vs The Pleiades||15-13M||One minute|
|March 30 – April 5, 2015|
|Three Lunar Eclipses In Less Than A Year||15-12||One minute|
|March 23 – 29, 2015|
|Leo The Lion Chases Orion||15-11M||One minute|
|March 16-22, 2015|
|Go Find Some Dark||15-10M||One minute|
|March 9-15, 2015|
|I Eat Green Caterpillars, Again!?||15-09M||One minute|
|March 2-8, 2015|
|Seeing Double: Twin Stars And Twin Planets||15-08M||One minute|
|Feb. 23 – March 1, 2015|
|The God Of Love vs The God Of War||15-07M||One minute|
|Feb. 16 – 22, 2015|
|Brightest Of The Bright||15-06M||One minute|
|Feb. 9 – 15, 2015|
|The Valentine’s Stars||15-05M||One minute|
|Feb. 2- 8, 2015|
|Meet The Orion Family||15-04M||One minute|
|Jan. 26 – Feb. 1, 2015|
|All Hail The King||15-03M||One minute|
|Jan. 19 – 25, 2015|