Episodes
Watch Mars as it passes by the Pleiades, also known as the Seven Sisters, in this week’s night sky, while bright Jupiter shines nearby. Find out how to see the sight for yourself by listening to this week’s episode of Star Diary, the podcast from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-15-jul-2024   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our...
Published 07/14/24
Published 07/14/24
The shadows of a lunar crater cast the shape of the face that, according to one presenter, looks a bit like a certain famous singer. Catch the sight for yourself and see if you agree by listening to this week’s episode of the podcasting guide from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine, Star Diary.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-8-jul-2024   Track the ISS in the night...
Published 07/07/24
This week, Jupiter’s moons will arrange themselves into a triangle to the left of the gas giant. Find out how you can see it and other celestial sights in this week’s stargazing guide podcast, Star Diary from the makers of BBC Sky at Night Magazine. [email protected]   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our website: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/30/24
A ‘new’ star is expected to appear in the night sky any day, as recurring nova T Coronae Borealis is due to flare up once again. Every 70 to 80 years, the star’s brightness jumps, making it naked eye visible for a few days. Find out where you should be looking for the nova and other stargazing highlights in this week’s Star Diary podcast. Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-24-jun-2024   Track the ISS in the night...
Published 06/23/24
The Moon and dwarf planet Ceres both pass near the Teapot asterism this week. Find out how you can see these for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 17 to 23 June 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-17-jun-2024   Learn to forecast the aurora: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/how-predict-aurora   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our...
Published 06/16/24
In his latest book, A Crack In Everything, former radio astronomer and science author Marcus Chown reveals the history of black holes, from the mathematical calculations that predicted them, to their first discovery and the incredible first images captured in the current age. Plus, we explore some of the many mysteries that remain to be solved. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 06/13/24
This week is a great opportunity to spot Lacus Mortis, the Lake of Death, on the lunar surface. Find out how you can see this for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 10 to 16 June 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-10-jun-2024   Patrick Moore on the Summer Triangle: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/summer-triangle   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography...
Published 06/09/24
Both comet Comet C 2023 A3 Tsuchinshan-ATLAS and 13P Olbers continue to make their way across the night sky. Find out how you can see these for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 3 to 9 June 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-3-jun-2024   See the Moon’s libration: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3f_21N3wcX8   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on...
Published 06/02/24
Noctilucent, or nightshining clouds, sparkle from the edge of space on the twilight sky. Find out how you can see these for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 27 May to 2 June 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-27-may-2024   How to photograph a comet: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/astrophotography/astrophoto-tips/how-to-photograph-a-comet   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit...
Published 05/26/24
Remember the Winchombe meteorite, a sample of which landed in a front garden in Gloucestershire, UK in 2021? Since that time, scientists have been analysing samples of the space rock using high-tech instruments. Dr Luke Daly reveals what we know so far and how meteorites help scientists piece together the story of the Solar System.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 05/23/24
The Hamburger Galaxy is well placed in the sky this week, while Comet C 2023 A3 Tsuchinchan-ATLAS makes an appearance amongst the stars. Find out how you can see these for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 20 to 26 May 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-20-may-2024    How Patrick Moore Mapped the Moon: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/space-science/patrick-moore-mapping-the-moon   Subscribe...
Published 05/19/24
Catch the Milky Way this month before it disappears into the twilight. Find out how to catch these and more stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 13 to 19 May 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/news/star-diary-13-may-2024   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our website: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 05/12/24
Challenge yourself to find the 1% crescent Moon as it passes by Jupiter and the Pleiades. Find out how to catch these and more stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 6 to 12 May 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-6-may-2024   Make you own craters: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/make-moon-impact-craters   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our...
Published 05/04/24
See the Moon sit inside the Teapot asterism this week, as well as a quartet of asteroids moving across the night sky. Find out how to catch these and more stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 29 April to 5 May 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-29-apr-2024   Listen for meteors on your FM radio: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/how-hear-meteors-fm-radio   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your...
Published 04/27/24
The full Moon will wash out some of the dimmer meteors, but fortunately there are plenty of other stargazing highlights in this week’s stargazing podcast guide, Star Diary, 22 to 28 April 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-22-apr-2024   Record a meteor shower for science: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/observe-and-record-the-geminid-meteor-shower    Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine and submit your astrophotography images over on our...
Published 04/20/24
Astronomer Stefano Facchini reveals how he and his colleagues found water vapour at a Sun-like star where planets could already be forming. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 04/18/24
Comet 12P/Pons-Brooks reaches perihelion, its closest approach to the Sun this week, and should be at its brightest. Find out how you can see them for yourself as well as our usual stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 15 to 21 April 2024.   Transcript: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-15-apr-2024   Comet Pons-Brooks: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/comet-12p-pons-brooks  How to see the Lunar X and Lunar...
Published 04/13/24
A total solar eclipse will pass right across the US, Mexico and part of Canada on 8 April. Over 40 million people are expected to see the majestic sight of totality, with millions more able to see a significant partial. Find out how you can see the eclipse for yourself, as well as our usual weekly stargazing highlights in this week’s podcast guide, Star Diary, 8 to 14 April 2024.   Transcript: www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-8-apr-2024   Our complete guide to the 8 April 2024...
Published 04/06/24
Comet Pons-Brooks will pass close to Aries this week, while the US is treated to the sight of Venus disappearing behind the Moon. Find out how to see all this and more in our weekly stargazing podcast, Star Diary 1 to 7 April 2024.   How to find the bowl of Virgo: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/bowl-virgo-asterism   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine for all the best stargazing tips: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/subscribe   Submit your astrophotography images and...
Published 03/31/24
Comet C/2021 S3 PanSTARRS passes through the Coathanger cluster, the Moon dips into the Bowl of Virgo and Mercury hangs in the evening sky. Find out how to see all this and more in our weekly stargazing podcast, Star Diary 25 to 31 March 2024.   How to find the bowl of Virgo: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/bowl-virgo-asterism   View the Pleiades star cluster: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/astrophotography/stars/star-clusters/pleiades   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night...
Published 03/24/24
Have you ever seen a ghost or a UFO? Chris French is a psychologist whose latest book The Science of Weird S**t explores the paranormal, and why people might claim to have experienced something science can’t currently explain. We spoke to Chris to find out how psychologists address the paranormal, and what makes people believe in UFOs.   Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Published 03/22/24
Mercury reaches greatest elongation this week, while Jupiter will be bracketed by its moons. Find out how to see both of them in our weekly stargazing podcast, Star Diary.   Transcription: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-18-mar-2024   Check out our on-demand astronomy webinars to learn everything worth knowing about astronomy and stargazing: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/virtual-events-ondemand   Subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine for all the best stargazing...
Published 03/17/24
Comet 12P Pons Brooks will streak past the Andromeda Galaxy this week, while Comet C/2021 S3 PanSTARRS passes the star clusters of the Milky Way. Find out how to see both of them in our weekly stargazing podcast, Star Diary.   Learn how to measure the craters on the Moon: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/advice/skills/how-to-measure-lunar-craters-moon   Transcription: https://www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-11-mar-2024   Check out our on-demand astronomy webinars to learn...
Published 03/10/24
Two comets pass overhead this week. Find out how to see both of them in our weekly stargazing podcast, Star Diary.   Learn to capture the planets in our upcoming Masterclass all about photographing the planets. Get your tickets now: https://bit.ly/MCPlanets   Transcription: www.skyatnightmagazine.com/podcasts/star-diary-4-mar-2024    Check out our on-demand astronomy webinars to learn everything worth knowing about astronomy and...
Published 03/03/24