29 episodes

Howard Parkin joins Judith Ley to discuss the different and exciting sights that can be seen in the dark skies over the Isle of Man at night.

Manx Sky at Night Manx Radio

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Howard Parkin joins Judith Ley to discuss the different and exciting sights that can be seen in the dark skies over the Isle of Man at night.

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - DECEMBER 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - DECEMBER 2021

    For the last time in 2021, resident astronomer Howard Parkin identifies what we can look for in the dark skies of winter. There's plenty of planetary activity, another meteor shower and a rare opportunity to see Mercury. And Howard has produced a 'calendar' of what we can expect to see in the skies throughout the coming year - if you'd like a copy of his guide to the Manx night skies in 2022, email him - howardparkin@manx.net
    The music break this week is Jubel's Dancing in the Moonlight
    In the second part of the programme, Howard has some fascinating facts and figures about the amazing James Webb Telescope which finally launched on Christmas Day. He explains a lot about its features and what it hopes to achieve - laying the foundations for a subject that we will be discussing in much greater detail during the coming year (and beyond!)
    Howard also has a report on a very special visit to London, and information about upcoming talks he'll be giving round the Island during January and February 2022

    • 27 min
    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - NOVEMBER 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - NOVEMBER 2021

    Now that the clocks have moved back, we have longer dark nights - perfect for star gazing when the skies are clear! Howard Parkin describes what we can hope to see in the skies during December - and there are hopeful signs, too - as some of the planets of Spring are beginning to appear. After a break for music from Enya (Shepherd Moons) Howard has the latest space exploration news - we talk in detail about the much-misunderstood recent DART Mission, and there's good news - and some fascinating technical information - about the new Webb Telescope.
    Howard welcomes your questions - and you can order a signed copy of his best-selling book - by emailing him - howardparkin@manx.net

    • 29 min
    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - OCTOBER 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - OCTOBER 2021

    Howard Parkin returns with his monthly look at our Manx skies - this time looking ahead to the month of November, explaining which planets we'll be able to see on clear nights, and when to look for a meteor shower and a eclipse. Plus Howard has a Halloween story - and a song from William Shatner! When he recorded 'Rocket Man' in 1978, William Shatner could not have imagined that in 2021, at the age of 90, he would actually be travelling into space! Howard has the latest news on commercial space flights, and information about 3 separate missions, each with a different purpose.

    • 25 min
    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - SEPTEMBER 2021

    As the autumn skies get darker earlier, there's more scope for seeing the planets - Jupiter and Saturn will be dominating the southern sky and can be easily seen in clear conditions - and Venus is on the rise!
    Howard is just about to start his 37th year of teaching at University College Isle of Man - there are still some spaces left on the next course, starting in October - and there's an invitation to a Manx National Heritage stargazing dinner at The Sound.
    The music break this month comes from Anne Murray, after which Howard has the space updates - commercial space flight is now a reality - and can it be true that Elon Musk was on the Island recently to sign an agreement with the Manx Government regarding Starlink ?
    And last but not least .... Howard's book hits the shelves at the end of September - packed with beautiful pictures and essential facts, it will be in all the Island's booksellers - and available direct from Howard at his evening classes, talks and special stargazing events.

    • 28 min
    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - AUGUST 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - AUGUST 2021

    On this month’s programme, Astronomer Howard Parkin looks into our Manx skies and explains what we can hope to see during the month of September, when we now have a couple of hours of darkness each night.

    It will be a good time to see the spectacular Milky Way, Cassiopeia - rich in legend - should be visible, and Howard talks about the planets and other activity beginning to be visible in our autumn skies.

    This month’s music break is Enya singing Everyone’s Gone To The Moon, which leads neatly into part two of the programme, when Howard brings us the latest space-related news.

    For the first time, the Isle of Man features in TWO major space stories!
    Space-X on the Isle of Man - could it really be happening? It seems so - and Howard has the details.
    And Excalibur Almaz heads to a new home in Jurby! You’ll probably have seen pictures and videos of it making it’s slow progress from the South of the Island to its permanent base in the Museum in Jurby, but Howard has the full story here.

    And speaking of stories - Howard Parkin’s long-awaited new book goes on sale in mid-September
    'Space for Dark Skies'- an astronomical miscellany from the Isle of Man will be available from 15th September in bookshops around the Island, or direct from Howard himself - howardparkin@manx.net

    And you can use that same email address if you have any astronomy-related questions you'd like Howard to answer during our monthly Manx Sky at Night programme

    • 29 min
    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - JULY 2021

    MANX SKY AT NIGHT - JULY 2021

    In the fist part of the programme, Astronomer Howard Parkin looks at what we can see - weather permitting - in our Manx skies during the coming month of August. It's the end of the noctilucent cloud season - it's also the end of the period of no official night time - so some darkness returns - which is good news for stargazers!
    Howard talks also about planetary activity - Opposition of Saturn and Jupiter
    And he's got news of a forthcoming Perseid meteor shower (one of years best!)

    This month's music break is Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys

    In the second part of the programme, we catch up on space news :
    Chinese Astronaughts on board their Tiangong space station
    Launch of Virgin Galactic
    Launch of Jeff Bezos
    Fixing the Hubble Space telescope
    and much much more!

    • 29 min

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