'Jane has taken up the challenge of doing for a new generation what Sir Patrick did for us all those years ago.' Dr Brian May

'Many new books on astronomy are now published every year but I am emphatic in saying that Jane Green's is outstanding.' Sir Patrick Moore, CBE, FRS

'Think Professor Cox but without the annoying soundtrack.' J G Futers, Peeblesshire, Scotland

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Astronomy vs Astrology
Uckfield 105FM Radio
Tuesday 25 February 2014
Well, this was an idea of radio presenter, Tony Williams, with whom I share my monthly broadcast on all things astronomical.  He teamed me up with Sharon, Uckfield 105FM's Astrologer, for what became a lively discussion about the stars and planets, agrarian beliefs and the mysticism of horoscopes.  Tony led us way back into the realms of ancient Babylonia, Egypt, China and Australia, and great fun was had by all. 
Don't take my word for it, click the link below and listen in!
From left to right: Sharon, Tony and Me

Saturday, 8 February 2014

Uckfield 105 FM
Friday 7 February 2014
Feel free to listen in to Friday's radio show where, with radio presenter Tony Williams, we share Supernova 2014J which exploded 'recently' - some 11 to 12 million years ago in 'nearby' irregular galaxy, M82 in Ursa Major - but which is currently visible in larger amateur telescopes.
Supernova 2014J (circled) in M82: (NASA/Swift)
We also share the delights of February's night sky:  mighty Jupiter, beautiful Venus and her conjunction with the Moon on 26 February, the occultation by the Moon of the star Lamba Geminorum on 11 February, and much more.
To tune in just click the Uckfield 105FM icon at left.
Astronomy vs Astrology
Tuesday 25 February 2014
at 1130 hrs
Join Tony Williams, Uckfield 105 FM's resident Astrologer, Sharon, and me, for a live debate, or 'battle' as Tony would say (!), where astronomy goes head to head with astrology.
After much negotiation, Tony has thrown down the gauntlet and Sharon and I have picked it up!  So please do join us for what promises to be lively discussion and much debate about these two fascinating subjects.  I can't wait!
Due to the recent wet and windy weather - why am I using the word 'recent', it feels as if it's been around forever (!) - a number of astronomy events in which I was due to be involved have been cancelled.  I will update with new info as and when it becomes available.  In the meantime, watch this space!
Keep looking up ... those skies will clear ... eventually!

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Stargazing LIVE in the Pub

Re-scheduled to Saturday 5th April 2014
Details to follow.
The Star Inn, Pevensey, East Sussex
Saturday 8 February 2014
1400 - Midnight
Organised by the East Sussex Astronomical Society
The Star has a great southerly view with an array of telescopes for viewing the Sun and the night sky; all are welcome to come and view its wonders.
Observing will start at 2.00pm with the Sun, then early evening, the Moon, and, as it approaches dark, the ESAS will have laser guided tours of the constellations along with telescope viewing through a variety of provided scopes.
Talks will also take place throughout the afternoon and evening, of which I shall be one of the guest speakers.  If wet, still come along as we shall be presenting, whatever the weather!
Here's hoping for clear skies!
Follow link for full details and directions.
Horns Lodge Inn, South Street, South Chailey, BN8 4BD
Saturday 22 February 2014
1800 - Midnight
Organised by Richie Jarvis of South Common Observatory
South Chailey turns off the lights to view the night sky in one of the darkest corners of the country, with a full supporting cast of astronomers and telescopes to help out.
Following the success of last year's event, feel free to join us for an evening of viewing and presentations, including mine.  It was really great fun last year and I am sure it shall be again.
Again, let's hope for clear skies!
Follow link for full details and directions.
Hopefully see you there.