Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 results night

Video courtesy of Sky at Night Magazine. Remember to select the 720p HD option.

Two weeks ago I, and the rest of the Sky at Night Magazine team, travelled to Greenwich for the 2011 Astronomy Photography of the Year awards night. You’ll no doubt have seen many of the winning images splashed across the pages of newspapers, websites and blogs over recent weeks.

This was arguably the most difficult year to judge so far, with an astounding array of superb images submitted from all over the world. Above is the video we made on the awards night, which includes an interview with the overall winner Damian Peach whose stunning image of Jupiter, Io and Ganymede you’ll see below. I’ve also embedded below an excellent video profile of Damian, which was made by Lonelyleap Film for the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.

The overall winning image — Jupiter with two of its moons, Io & Ganymede. Credit: Damian Peach

Video courtesy of Royal Observatory, Greenwich/Lonelyleap.

Scanning the summer night skies

This month’s Sky at Night Magazine vodcast is all about some of the things you can see in the night sky during the summer months. From glittering star clusters to glowing nebulae there’s something for everyone to observe over the coming weeks; in fact, many of the objects covered in the video can be spotted with a good pair of binoculars.

The vodcast is illustrated with several star charts to help you track down some of the more elusive objects, but if you require something a little more detailed then have a look at the free planetarium program Stellarium.

As usual, make sure you select the 720p HD setting for the best video quality. Clear skies and happy summer stargazing!

Simple selenological science explained

There was a certain level of bemusement in the Sky at Night Magazine office a few weeks ago when I brought in a bag of flour, part of a fridge and a torch for the filming of the latest vodcast.

All should be revealed now though, as the new episode went online today. The video covers some of the basics of lunar observing, with a bit of a practical twist; to explain a few of the concepts I set up some simple demonstrations using everyday household items.

If you’ve ever wondered why the low Moon is orange sometimes or what creates the dramatic bright streaks across the full Moon, this episode is one to watch. I’ve embedded it below and, as usual, for the best quality view click the 720p HD button.

Credit: Sky at Night Magazine

Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards video

My video report, for Sky at Night Magazine, from the 2010 Astronomy Photographer of the Year awards is now online and I’ve embedded it below.

If you’re in London over the next few months, it’s really worth popping into the Royal Observatory, Greenwich to see the pictures. The exhibition is free and open until February 2011.

Be sure to click the 720p HD button for the best quality playback.

Video credit: Sky at Night Magazine

Vodcast from the Salisbury Star Party 2010

Last Friday I visited the Salisbury Star Party, in Wiltshire, to film a report for an episode of the Sky at Night Magazine vodcast. It was a great day of filming (despite the occasional rain shower) and everyone I talked to was really friendly and enthusiastic. The video is now online and I’ve embedded it below. Hopefully it gives a flavour of what the event is all about.

Be sure to click the 720p HD button for the best quality playback.

Video credit: Sky at Night Magazine

Special S@N vodcast from the JENAM 2009

Video credit: Sky At Night Magazine. Click ‘HD’ for high quality version.

A few of us from Sky At Night Magazine visited the 2009 Joint European National Astronomy Meeting at the University of Hertfordshire, in late April. Whilst there we filmed two special episodes of the magazine’s vodcast, the first of which (an extended 10 minute episode) has just been released. In it we talk to Prof Michel Mayor, who tells us about a new extrasolar planet he and his colleagues recently discovered, and we chat with Prof Bruno Liebundgut from ESO about the European Extremely Large Telescope. Part 2 will be along next month with a special interview with another one of the JENAM’s wheely interesting delegates!