Comets CBeebies Stargazing


Comets

The stars of CBeebies take part in a special week of stargazing. Maggie gives Robert the robot the important job of finding out why a comet has a tail.


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Soon, Starlight will scatter through the dark,

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so let's all look up at Stargazing Park.

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Hello. Are you ready to do some stargazing with us?

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Last night, we looked up at the moon. There's plenty more to see.

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All we have to do - are you ready, everybody?

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All you have to do is look up.

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# When the night falls, Maggie helps us see

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# Wonders of the stars above us all

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# Turn the lights low, grab a cosy rug

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# Wrap up warm and snug, here we go

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# We're going stargazing

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# Gaze at stars shining bright

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# We're going stargazing

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# Spot a zooming satellite

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# We're going stargazing

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# Glimpse the moon and the planets above

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# We're going stargazing

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# So just look up, look up. #

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-Come and join us underneath the stars.

-Hi, Chris. Hi, stargazers.

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-Hello, Maggie.

-Welcome to the Stargazing Park.

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Now, what can we see up there?

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Last night, we saw a beautiful moon. Can anyone see the moon tonight?

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No, cos it's too dark and a little bit cloudy.

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Yeah, they're blocking the view, which is

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one of the problems with stargazing.

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When it's cloudy, it makes it very hard.

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Can anyone see anything moving up there?

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I can see... I can see the clouds moving

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and a flashing light in the sky.

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-A flashing light? Do you think that an aeroplane?

-Yeah.

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Who else is looking for things moving in the night sky?

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-It's Robert the Robot.

-Hello, stargazers.

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-We're trying to spot a comet, aren't we?

-Yes.

-Yes, that's right.

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Come on, let's have a look. Ooh! Spin my cogs!

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I've struck cosmic gold already. I see a comet! I see a comet!

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I see dust. Oh, dear. That's embarrassing. Oh, dear.

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I can't let Maggie see a pair of dusty binoculars.

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I mean, she's a proper space scientist. Ooh!

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Quick, stargazers. Let's find that comet. See you in a bit.

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Well, I hope Robert gets to spot a comet.

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Is there a chance we could see one tonight, Maggie?

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It's unlikely but if we keep on looking and the clouds clear.

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They're made of rock and ice and they travel around the sun.

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Because they travel around the sun, we only see them every so often

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when they come close to Earth.

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-Well, might I be able to see one through binoculars?

-Possibly.

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OK. Let's have a look, let's have a look.

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Is there anything in the sky?

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-Oh, is that a comet?

-No, that's just a bright star.

-Oh, OK. Keep looking.

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-Is that a comet?

-No, that's an aeroplane.

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-How would we know if it's a comet?

-Comets are quite distinctive

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cos they have long tails coming out behind them.

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-Why does a comet have a tail?

-That's a very good question

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and I know a clever robot who might be able to help.

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Robert, can you help us?

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Downloading cosmic comet app.

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Neeap-neeap-space-dot- Halley's-Comet-boop!

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Boop! Boop! # Ground control to Major...

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# When you wish upon a... Rocket man! #

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Neeurgh! Oh! Oh!

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Right. Shall we see what's first, stargazers? Ee-ugh-ugh-ugh-oh!

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To make your comet, the first ingredient is dust.

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I'm sure we can find some dust around here.

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-Don't you think so, stargazers?

-Yeah!

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-And what is it that robots love to do best?

-Dusting!

-That's right.

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Let's dust!

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THEY HUM

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Let's see what we've got.

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Ah! Well done, stargazers. Excellent dusting!

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You know, you should come down to Justin's house.

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We'd have the place spic and span in no time.

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Right, let's see what's next.

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Place the dust into the mixing bowl. Oh, right.

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Well, let's pop that in here.

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Let's put our dust or silicates into the mixing bowl. There we go.

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Nyerp! Next, add the vinegar and water. Nyerp! Oh, right.

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Vinegar and water. Vinegar from Justin's chips.

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And we add some water. Here we go.

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So, a little bit of H2O...whoa! Robert. Not too much. Nyer! Nyer!

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To make your comet, you must freeze it. Nyeer...oh! Right.

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Here comes the science part.

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Now, viewers, it's very important you don't try this at home,

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or you, stargazers.

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Only robots and space scientists like Maggie can try this,

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and remember to stand well back.

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So, to freeze it, I have some super-cold CO2.

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And one more for good measure.

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And...oh!

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-Oh, look at that, everybody.

-Is a bit like making a snowball?

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It is like making a snowball. A big, dusty, dirty snowball.

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Oh! Look at that. We've made a comet.

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Look! I wonder what's next. Um!

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Neeer! Next, you must name your comet, like Comet Brian... Neeyer!

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That's enough out of you.

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Right, stargazers, what do you think we should call this comet?

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-Comet Robert.

-What? Comet Robert? Really? Oh, what an honour!

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Oh, well. Thank you. Comet Robert!

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Well, right, shall we see what happens

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-when Comet Robert gets near the sun?

-Yeah!

-All right. Let's have a look.

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So there goes Comet Robert, getting near the sun. Look at that.

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When the comet gets near the sun, it gets hotter

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but the frozen bits don't turn to water, oh, no.

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They turn straight into a gas and that gas combines with all

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the dust and the dirt inside the comet and it forms

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the comet's beautiful tail and that's how a comet gets a tail.

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I've just realised. We've done it.

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We've helped space scientist Maggie answer her question for today.

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Yay!

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Well done, stargazers.

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Now, would you like to see Comet Robert go hurtling through space,

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-all around the sun?

-Yes!

-Excellent.

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This will require one of my inventions.

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Come back later, stargazers,

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when we'll see Comet Robert go hurtling off into space!

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Excellent science knowledge. Thank you for answering Oliver's question.

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It's every astronomer's dream to have a comet named after them.

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Now, who would like to play a game of pin the tail on the comet?

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-Yes!

-Would you like to have a go?

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Now, what you have to do, take a look on this tray

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because these are asteroids.

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Oh! There's a meteor, a lot smaller, but there's a comet there as well.

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And here is the tail. Can you put the tail on the comet?

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To make it tricky, pull down your hat over your eyes,

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so you can't see,

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so you're just going to use your fingers to find the icy comet.

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See if you can find the comet. Can you find the comet?

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Is she getting closer? Yes, right there!

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So we've got our icy comet with a tail!

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This time, let's make the meteors

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and asteroids hurtle around as well as that comet.

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It's hurtling, it's hurtling! Wow!

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Towards you, towards you! Towards you. She's done it!

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-Well done, you've done it.

-You've got it. Yay!

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Thank you very much, Imogen. Well, that's one comet with its tail.

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Let's find out if Comet Robert gets to hurtle through space.

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Right, Comet Robert goes into the comet aporter 2001. There we go.

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Oh, spin my cogs! I'm so excited.

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Now, stargazers, to the launch button. Come on! Here we go.

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Right, now, guys. Count down from three. Here we go.

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And three, two, one, blast off!

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I thought that was going to go further. That is disappointing.

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You see, comets travel through space for millions of years and...

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-Hmmm. Still, we had fun making Comet Robert, didn't we?

-Yes!

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Nice try, Robert. Imagine if we WERE to see a new comet.

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We could call it Comet Maggie!

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I'm going to see if I can spot a comet now through the window.

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I've come up high to see if I can spot a comet.

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Last time I saw one, I was only nine years old

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and my dad was so excited for me to see it,

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he rushed into my bedroom - I was still in my pyjamas -

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got me out of bed, and took me over to the window.

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That comet was called Halley's Comet

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after the man that spotted it. Next time you get the chance to see it,

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you're going to be as old as your nana or your grandad is now.

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But you don't have have to wait until you're a granny or grandad.

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There are other comets that visit Earth

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and some don't even have names yet as they haven't been spotted by

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anyone else, so if you do see one, maybe you could name it after you.

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Well, we didn't manage to find a comet for Maggie

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but we have got a surprise for her.

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-Are you ready, stargazers?

-Yes!

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-Oh, great, great, great! Maggie! Maggie, are you free?

-Hi!

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-What's happening?

-We have a surprise for you. Are you ready, stargazers?

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Ready, steady, go!

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-What is it?

-And icy core with a long tail, going round the sun.

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It's a comet. I've got to get a photograph of this.

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-That's brilliant, guys. Do you know what the comet's name is?

-No.

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-What's it called?

-Comet Maggie.

-Comet Maggie. Just for you.

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Thank you so much. That's a dream come true for me.

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You were brilliant, stargazers. Time to get cosy for a starlight story.

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All of the stars have stories to tell.

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I wonder what the story will be tonight.

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# Starlight scattered through the dark

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# Painting stories for us all

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# Gather underneath the stars

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# And hear their wonders told

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# Looking up into the dark

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# The night is yours and it is mine

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# Looking up into the dark

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# The dark upon us all

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# Upon us all the stars will shine

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# Upon us all the stars will shine. #

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Everybody look up, cos I wonder whose story

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the stars are going to tell tonight.

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Draco the Dragon.

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Draco the Dragon wished to race and secretly to win.

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He made a comet from ice and dust,

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a super speedy thing.

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Off they hurtled through the stars.

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Spinning around Saturn,

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waving at Mars,

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tails growing bigger as they neared the sun.

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Their racing and chasing had just begun.

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The comet raced on and Draco gave chase,

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chasing the comet to outer space.

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Then back they hurtled through the stars, spinning round Saturn,

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waving at Mars,

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tails growing bigger as they neared the sun,

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racing and chasing was excellent fun.

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Well, that was a story of just a few stars but there are billions

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more to spot and you can see them on star maps on the CBeebies website.

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There we are.

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Thank you very much for joining us for stargazing tonight.

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-And thank you, Maggie.

-It's been a pleasure.

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And we'll see you all for more stargazing tomorrow. Goodbye!

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Bye-bye.

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