Venus CBeebies Stargazing


Venus

The stars of CBeebies take part in a special week of stargazing. The planet Venus is shining in the night sky and Maggie has an experiment to find out why it's so bright.


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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, Stargazers.

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Now, last night, we tried to spot tiny dots of light in the sky.

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Satellites. Well, there's lots more in the night sky to spot,

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so let's all... Ready? ..look up.

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# When the night falls

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# Maggie helps us see 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

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# 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, look up. #

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Come and join us underneath the stars.

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-Hi, Chris. Hi, Stargazers.

-Hi, Maggie.

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-CHILDREN:

-Hi, Maggie.

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Welcome to the Stargazing Park. Now, what can we see up there?

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-Stars.

-Lots of stars.

-What's the brightest thing we can see out there?

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-That one over there.

-Yeah, I'd agree.

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That's the brightest star I can see.

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There's lots of things to see in the dark sky tonight,

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but now I want to show you something much brighter. Follow me. This way.

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Is that what you wanted us to see over there, Maggie? Look up there.

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Can you see that bright star?

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That's not a star. That's a planet.

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How about that? You can see a planet from here!

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Who else can see a planet in the night sky?

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-It's Mr Bloom!

-Hey, hello! We're looking for a bright planet.

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-Now, can you remember what that bright planet was called?

-Venus.

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Venus, that's right, cos earlier on Margaret took us on a tour.

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-Ahem, a MAGNIFICENT tour!

-Oh, sorry, Margaret.

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Yes, it was a magnificent tour of the Solar System.

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So why don't you zoom by later and join us?

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The bright planet Venus. So is that what we can see, Maggie?

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Yes, that's Venus and it looks absolutely beautiful.

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Venus is about the same size as Earth,

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so it's almost like our sister planet.

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-What's it like ON Venus?

-Ah, that's quite interesting,

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cos it looks beautiful from here but it's about 400 degrees C,

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so hotter than the oven we use at home.

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-So, like, four times hotter than an oven that you cook a pizza in?

-Yep.

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-My goodness me, that IS hot!

-Why is it so bright?

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Well, it's bright because... Hold on a second.

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-Maggie, why is it so bright?

-I think this calls for an experiment.

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-Let's go to the Stargazing Cafe.

-Oh, yes!

-This way.

-Good, good!

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So we're going to try and find out why the planet Venus is so bright.

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To do that, I think the best way is to compare two different planets,

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-so does anyone know what Mars looks like? Tabitha.

-It's red.

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That's right. Red and dusty.

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So this is Mars in a jar.

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And you can see below we've got red rocks.

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Up above we haven't got very much at all really.

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Now, we want to compare that with the planet Venus.

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It is quite grey, but up above it's quite cloudy.

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It's got quite a thick atmosphere.

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This is Venus in the jar.

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And above the rocks of Venus,

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there is lots of clouds and that's a nice thick atmosphere.

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Chris, if you could dim the lights, you can see something quite amazing.

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Let's take Mars first of all.

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Pretend this is the Sun, nice and bright.

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If I shine the light through Mars, you can see a little bit,

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but you don't see that much.

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What do you think's going to happen with Venus?

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It's going to light up the atmosphere and light up Venus more.

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Let's see.

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-Does that look brighter? ALL:

-Yes.

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I think it does too. It looks brighter than Mars.

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That's why Venus is so bright.

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It's got all that atmosphere and cloud above it,

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and it makes it really bright.

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So the thick cloud, the atmosphere surrounding Venus,

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being lit by the Sun is what makes it look so bright?

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-That's right, Chris.

-Thank you, Maggie.

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Come on, let's see if we can spot the bright planet Venus.

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Let's see if we can spot bright Venus through the window.

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I'm looking through my window for a different planet.

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It's called Saturn.

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It's a big ball of gas with lots of rings around it.

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Now, Saturn is far, far away from planet Earth

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but a spacecraft called Cassini took some beautiful pictures of it.

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Take a look.

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The rings around Saturn are made up of ice and rock

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spinning very, very fast around the planet.

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And if you look really carefully you can see a tiny dot.

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It looks like a star but it's actually our own planet Earth,

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far, far away from Saturn.

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Whoa, how tiny does planet Earth look from Saturn?

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The Solar System is an enormous place.

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Let's find out more about it from Margaret, the cabbage, and Mr Bloom.

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Zoom!

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Ahem, welcome to the first stop

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on Margaret's magnificent tour of the Solar System.

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Margaret, we can't keep up with you when you're in your Veggie Voyager.

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-She's very quick, isn't she?

-It is a rather speedy spaceship, isn't it?

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-Ooh, hey, look at this. What do you think this might be?

-The Sun.

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The Sun, that's right, and look at it, it's enormous, isn't it?

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-Did you know that the Sun is actually a star?

-Well, I never.

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You do know a lot about space, don't you, Margaret?

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Oh, thank you, Mr Bloom. Do you know which planet is closest to the Sun?

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-Mercury.

-Mercury, that's right!

-Yes! And it's tiny.

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-Shall we see if we can find Mercury?

-There.

-Ah, there it is.

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-Look, it's so small.

-It's next to my favourite planet, Venus.

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Venus is the brightest planet.

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Why don't we shine your torches at Venus and make it really bright?

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Making Venus the brightest planet in the Solar System.

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Ahem, next on the tour is a planet we know very well.

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-So it's blue and it's green. What planet is this?

-Earth!

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-Earth, and who lives on Earth?

-Us!

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Yeah, that's where we live.

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-Look, there's a red planet next door.

-Mars!

-You think that's Mars?

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That's right. Now this looks to be rather a large planet.

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-Do you know what the largest planet is in the Solar System?

-Jupiter.

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Jupiter, yeah. Where does it need to go?

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-Well, it needs to go all the way over there.

-Over there?

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-Right, what, over here?

-No, further.

-Further? What, over here?

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-No, no, no, further.

-My, oh, my.

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-It needs to go all the way right over there.

-Over there?

-Yes. Let's zoom.

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ZOOM!

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This is the perfect place for hanging a giant Jupiter,

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-what do you reckon?

-BOTH:

-Yes!

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Yeah. All right, let's get it out the bag. You hold that. Here we go.

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Whoo-hoo-hoo!

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There's one giant bird feeder for the birds.

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Oh, next stop Saturn. Let's ZOOOOM!

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Right then. Come on, Stargazers. After her!

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-Hi, Margaret.

-Hello!

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Hey, Stargazers, look.

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-We're a long way from the Sun now, aren't we?

-Right by Saturn.

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-What has Saturn got that Margaret's forgotten?

-BOTH:

-The rings!

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-Yeah, that's right. What have I got in my bag?

-Stones.

-Some stones.

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So do you reckon we could use these stones to make rings around Saturn?

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-BOTH:

-Yes!

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Saturn's rings are made by lots of rocks spinning round it

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really, really, really, really fast.

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Let's ZOOOOOM!

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-Found you, Margaret.

-Ah, now that is one tired out cabbage.

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-Look, she's having a little rest.

-Boo!

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I'm not having a rest, I'm being Uranus, the planet on its side.

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Let's zoom. ZOOOOOM!

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-Oh, here we are.

-Yes, we've made it to the edge of the Solar System.

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Oh no, where's Neptune?

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Neptune, I've got Neptune.

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Here it is. Ta-dah!

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WIND BLOWS

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Whoa!

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Sorry, Mr Bloom, I forgot to mention it's very windy on Neptune.

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-Oh, Mr Bloom.

-So, go on, let's put Neptune in here.

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-Who would like to go back to Earth?

-Me!

-Me!

-Me, me, me, me!

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-All right, well we'll see you back there, Margaret, OK?

-OK. Let's zoom.

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Oh, oh no!

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-My Veggie Voyager is all out of zoom.

-Oh, no.

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Well, don't you worry, my little gem, cos I've got a plan. Come on.

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Follow me, Stargazers.

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And here we are. We're just in time for the Stargazer Shuttle.

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This is going to get us home in now time so, come on, let's get aboard.

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Next stop, Earth!

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That was a magnificent tour of the Solar System, Margaret.

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There are so many things out there.

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Rocky planets, gassy planets and billions of stars.

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Come on, let's join the Stargazers for another Starlight Story.

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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

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# Will shine. #

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Look up there!

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Cassiopeia, the Queen.

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Cassiopeia, the Queen, wished for a jewel in her crown.

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A golden crown would just not do without a jewel inside it too.

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She called in the planets, one by one.

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Surely one would be her jewel?

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# A jewel so shiny Fine and bright

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# To make her crown look cool. #

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She tried the planet Mercury, the tiny one nearest the Sun. Whoops!

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She tried the gas giant, Jupiter, too big to the be the one.

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The last she tried was Venus, gleaming bright, the Evening Star.

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A jewel in her crown, the perfect fit.

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The brightest planet by far.

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Well, that was the story of Cassiopeia.

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Now, if you'd like to see some more stars, you can print these

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star maps off the CBeebies website and do more stargazing.

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We'll be doing more stargazing here tomorrow. We'll see you then.

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