Brian Jones archive

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The night sky in spring

01 March 2016 by Brian Jones

As spring gets into full swing, Brian Jones takes a look at the night sky in March and explains how to spot Hydra, the celestial water snake…

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Brian Jones hones in on a celestial showpiece

09 December 2015 by Brian Jones

Celebrating the winter months with a celestial showpiece, Brian Jones explains how to see Andromeda and her galaxy…

Sagitta constellation by Keith Moseley

Stargazing: Cepheus, the father of Princess Andromeda

14 September 2015 by Brian Jones

Autumn highlights for astronomers include a total lunar eclipse on 28 September and the chance to spot the constellation of Cepheus.

Sagitta constellation by Keith Moseley

Stargazing: finding a little arrow in the summer sky

25 August 2015 by Brian Jones

Walk’s resident stargazer Brian Jones introduces us to Sagitta, a tiny but distinctive constellation resembling a tiny dart, which is often linked to the hero Hercules or to Cupid, the god of love.

Sextan

Brian Jones: what to look for in April’s night sky

21 April 2015 by Brian Jones

Walk’s resident stargazer Brian Jones introduces us to the constellation of Sextans (the sextant), which is most visible in April

Taurus

Brian Jones: all about Taurus

27 February 2015 by Brian Jones

Ramblers’ resident stargazer Brian Jones gives us reasons to head outside and check out the night sky, as well as a sneak peak at the details of his new book on stargazing

Pisces constellation

Brian Jones sees heavenly fishes in the autumn sky

30 October 2014 by Brian Jones

Providing a sky-high reason to wrap up warm this winter and head outdoors, Brian Jones tells us how to spot Pisces

Summer star constellations

The stars of the summer - Brian Jones explains

28 July 2014 by Brian Jones

We all hope for blue skies in the summer, but at night time the heavens can be equally spectacular as Brian Jones explains

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The celestial lion and her cub

16 April 2014 by Brian Jones

The distinctive shape of Leo is unmistakeable – it is one of the few groups actually resembling the object or character that it depicts, in this case the Nemean lion which Hercules slew as the first of his twelve labours.

Mars

Red planet rising

09 April 2014 by Brian Jones

The Red Planet has returned! Every couple of years, Mars is particularly well placed in the evening sky as it reaches the point in its orbit around the Sun. Walk's resident Starman takes a look at this enigmatic planet.