The stranger side of astronomy outreach

A weird and wonderful event involving the stars and a spa.

What’s the strangest astronomy ‘outreach’ event you’ve been to? Outreach in itself is an odd word, but what it means is an activity put on by keen amateurs or professional scientists to interest the public in astronomy. We’re incredibly lucky in the UK that so many people are willing to do this for nothing.

Eclipses galore!

Solstice total eclipse of the Moon

Missed the solstice total eclipse of the Moon on 21 December 2010? Well, don't worry because there's an impressive partial eclipse of the Sun coming up on 4 January 2011, visible as the Sun is rising.

It seems like ages since the last eclipse of the Sun or Moon from the UK and then there are two in close succession! The total eclipse of the Moon which occurred during the Dec 21st winter solstice, was a troublesome beast for much of the UK because of cloud and general freezing conditions covering much of the UK. The Sky at Night wanted to cover the event but the weather was very difficult to predict. As usual, it was down to me to advise on whether or not I thought we'd get clear skies.

Yuri Gagarin - his story in pictures

Yuri's Day front cover

A new graphic novel on the life and times of the first man in space.

Few events can truly be classed as Earth-shattering, but Yuri Gagarin’s ascent into space on 12 April 1961 is surely one of those moments.
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