Brian Jones archive

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.

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Canis Major

24 February 2014 by Brian Jones

Brilliant Capella is the leading star in the constellation Auriga, the Charioteer, a conspicuous group which resembles a large circlet of stars.

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The great comet

28 November 2013 by Brian Jones

Comet ISON is what astronomers class as a sungrazing comet. The moment of closest approach to the Sun of any object orbiting it is known as the perihelion, sungrazers being a class of comet that pass extremely close to the Sun. Comet ISON passes perihelion tonight – at which point it will approach to around 1,160,000 kilometres (730,000 miles) of the solar surface.

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The Fox

30 August 2013 by Brian Jones

The constellation of Vulpecula (The Fox) is small and relatively faint, but ideally placed for viewing during August and September evenings.