'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

Saturday, 13 December 2014



The Cosmological Distance Ladder
Dr Robert Smith of Sussex University
Sunday 18 January 2015 - 2000hrs UT

 To listen in follow the link:  http://astronomy.fm/tag/under-british-skies/

UCKFIELD 105FM Radio Show
Wednesday 4 February 2015
(click icon at left to listen in)
with media partner BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Due to the overwhelming success of this year's National Tour (see below) there will be another in 2015!

Friday 27 February 2015

Thursday 5 March 2015

I have been invited to give two presentations
at the school where Sir Patrick himself taught for 8 years
Holmewood House School
Tunbridge Wells
Friday 8 May 2015

will also form part of the
Solarsphere Festival
14 - 16 August 2015


Watch this space!


Friday, 29 August 2014

with Media Partner BBC Sky at Night Magazine
October 2014
'A first and a triumph'
... Professor Chris Lintott, astrophysicist and co-presenter of the BBC Sky at Night television programme.
'I can honestly say one of the best, if not the best production of astronomy I have seen on a live stage'
... Peter J Williamson, FRAS

'Consummate professionals.  Highly engaging and refreshing'
... Chris Wood, Vectis Astronomical Society

TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE launched at Downton Moot, Wiltshire on 27 September 2014 where a 250+ crowd joined us in an outside medieval amphitheatre for a taste of our National Tour with media partner BBC Sky at Night Magazine.  It was a huge success ...

... and was followed by the big theatre official launch at Dorking Halls on Saturday 4th October 2014 where with host and co-presenter, rocket scientist Neil Phillipson, Professor Chris Lintott, and myself we brought our unique take on astronomy to a 400+ audience.
From there we presented at The Nottingham Playhouse, the Altrincham Garrick Playhouse, Manchester, The Epstein, Liverpool, The Atkinson, Southport, the King's Theatre, Cardiff and The Cresset in Peterborough.
Just the most fabulous three weeks.  Amazing audiences.  Overwhelming feedback, both on scene, but also on Twitter and Facebook. 
And this is not the end.  We've already been booked for the major SOLARSPHERE Event in Wales in August next year, with more offers in the pipeline.
And TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE 2 - a bigger and even better tour - is already being planned!
If you missed us this year - join us in 2015!
Below are some of the highlights ...
Co-host, Neil Phillipson, and me, presenting the 'news segment'
at the inaugural Dorking Halls event.

The chat show segment with Professor Chris Lintott

Book-signing at Dorking Halls

In action at the Nottingham Playhouse
Neil in full flow!
The Altrinchum Garrick, Manchester
Twenty seconds to go but what to do with a microphone?!
The historic Epstein Theatre in Liverpool - all set to go!
BBC's Stargazing Live's Mark Thompson with host, Neil Phillipson,
pre-show at The Cresset, Peterborough
Book-signing with Mark, post-show, Peterborough
And again ...
Another fan ... starting young!
Just the most amazing journey!
An enormous thank you to our amazing special guests:
Professor Chris Lintott
Will Gater
Mark Thompson
Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock
Dr Rhodri Evans
Equally enormous thank you to my host, co-presenter and friend, Neil Phillipson and Adele Horton - organiser, all-round invaluable wonder-worker, and friend.
So many happy memories!
Join us next year when we'll be doing it all again, and more!

Tuesday, 19 August 2014

at the
Historic Library Airdrie Observatory
Monday 6 October

From left, Aileen (secretary) Jack (operator), Jim and Bob (curators) and me
with the famous 6" Cooke refractor at the historic Airdrie Observatory.
Image credit:  Alan Watson
A wonderful evening with some truly fabulous people who were warm, welcoming and enormously enthusiastic.  I was honoured to be their first female speaker, and felt amongst friends.  What a trip and what an unforgettable evening. 
A big sincere thank you to all!
 Image credit: Alan Watson

Sunday 17 August 2014
2000hrs BST
Comet 67P/C-G imaged on 7 August 2014 by the Rosetta spacecraft's OSIRIS narrow-angle camera when 65 miles away from the 2.5 mile wide nucleus.
I was extremely privileged to join Richie Jarvis and Paul Harper, the hosts of Astronomy FM Under British Skies, for a live radio show in which we discussed the thrilling ESA/NASA Rosetta Mission to Comet 67P/C-G.
Our special guests included: Dr Colin Snodgrass, Marie Curie post-doctoral Fellow at the Max Planck Institute and co-ordinator of the ground-based observations of professional observers.  He is also a specialist on the Rosetta OSIRIS camera team; Dr Claudia Alexander, a Rosetta Project Scientist at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and Dr Padma Yanamandra-Fisher of the Space Science Institute and Rosetta co-ordinator for amateur observers.
Pre-records for this programme were also contributed by Dr Matt Taylor, ESA Rosetta Project Scientist, and Dr Joel Parker, a Director at the Southwest Research Institute, Project Manager/Science Team Member on several space missions, including LRO and New Horizons, and Deputy Principal Investigator for NASA's Rosetta ALICE instrument.
It was a fascinating broadcast and is now available as a podcast below:
Look out for more Astronomy FM Under British Skies radio shows as the exciting Rosetta spacecraft drops its lander onto Comet 67P/C-G's surface and continues its journey towards perihelion in August 2015.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

 With media partner BBC Sky at Night Magazine
I have been invited to team up with rocket scientist Neil Phillipson and some of the UK's most renowned astronomers to co-present a show with a difference - TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE! - with media partner BBC Sky at Night Magazine.
Special guest include Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, space scientist, and Dr Chris Lintott, astronomer, both presenters of the BBC's Sky at Night television programme.
Also joining us will be Dr Rhodri Evans, Honorary Research Fellow of Cardiff University, Mark Thompson, astronomer, author and presenter of BBC's Stargazing Live and Will Gater, astronomer, presenter, author and journalist for the BBC Sky at Night magazine.
Neil says: "The show is a night like no other - we take our audience on a whistle-stop journey through space and time, sharing the incredible nature of the Universe in a humorous, passionate and inspiring way."
Stunning planetarium-style presentations provide the backdrop to an intimate and uniquely insightful look at the wonders of the cosmos, touching on frequently overlooked fundamentals and guiding the audience to a jaw-dropping appreciation of the night sky.  Alongside Neil and our special guests I intend to bring the images alive with an interactive, light-hearted and illuminating approach.
TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE launches at Dorking Halls on 4th October 2014 with nine other national theatre venues to follow, including Nottingham, Altrincham, Liverpool, Southport, Portsmouth, Cardiff, Bath and Peterborough.
Full details are available on the official TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE website (see below) as well as via national media, Facebook, Twitter and other social media sites!

Come along and join in the fun!

TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE: Official Website

Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Welcome to my blog!
Feel free to 'drop in' any time to catch my monthly radio appearances on Uckfield 105FM with presenter Tony Williams where we share all things astronomical, and have a great deal of fun along the way!  Simply click the Uckfield 105FM icon at left.

In yesterday's show - Monday 4 August - we discussed the two most distant red giant stars recently discovered in our Milky Way Galaxy's outer halo; a whopping 750,000 and 900,000 light-years away! 

Also on the menu was ESA's exciting Rosetta mission whereby a spacecraft is about to rendezvous with, orbit around, and drop a lander - Philae - on the surface of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko - a mission we shall follow closely in forthcoming shows.  I shall be join Richie Jarvis on Astronomy FM at 8.00pm on 17 August where I shall be privileged to join a live link-up with some of the key scientists working on the Rosetta Mission - more to follow.

Also enjoyed on our radio show was the discussion on the dramatic 'mega Moon' about to make its closest approach to Earth for many years at circa 8.00pm on 10 August.  From there we shared the delights of the Perseid Meteor shower, due to peak on 12 August, when, despite the Full Moon, some fast bright meteors and possible fireballs will still be visible as they blaze across the night sky.  And finally, the thrilling conjunction of Venus and Jupiter pre-dawn on 18 August.  Seen against the backdrop of M44, the Beehive Cluster, the fact that these two dazzling planets will appear a mere 15 arcminutes apart should make for an amazing sight.  My alarm clock will be set!
In addition to the exciting news about TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE - a national astronomy tour with media partner BBC Sky at Night magazine (see above) - details of other exciting events in which I am privileged to be involved will also appear here ... so dip in any time and join me for the start of more astronomical adventures!

Keep looking up!
Wednesday 2 July 2014
It's that time again!  Feel free to listen in to a recording of today's radio show where, with presenter Tony Williams, we share the delights of the summer Milky Way, the mighty Andromeda Galaxy and many other galaxies beyond my recollection - and much more besides!
The Andromeda Galaxy (M31)  Credit: Nik Szymanek
Simply click the Uckfield 105FM icon at left and follow the links.
Don't forget to join us next month at 1030hrs on Monday 4 August.