Happy birthday to ‘A Breathtaking Window on the Universe’

Three years ago today, copies of “A Breathtaking Window on the Universe” arrived on La Palma, and went on sale in book shops on the island, and at Dragon Tree Publishing. The Spanish version went on sale in 2013. It’s a guide to the observatory at the Roque de Los Muchachos written for normal people rather than astrophysicists.   You can read more about the book, or buy the second…

December 2, 2015

Astrofest and the 1st Nightscape Conference

Speakers, attedees and organisers of the 1st Nightscape Conference, La Palma
October 6, 2015

Astrofest has been a great success. On Friday 25th – Saturday 26th an impressive line up of speakers took to the stage in the Teatro Circo de Marte to discuss astrotourism – what a region needs, how to reduce light pollution and improve the night sky, what activities you can offer tourists etc. On Sunday 27th attendees went to the south and west of the island to see a few…


The science of eclipses

A total eclipse of the moon
September 13, 2015

In the early hours of September 28th there will be a particularly spectacular lunar eclipse when the moon will be 10% closer to the Earth and larger than usual – a super moon, in fact. A lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth and Moon are in a straight line, so that the moon passes through the Earth’s shadow. If you were standing on the moon when this happened, you’d…


Stargazing in El Paso

The old moon in the arms of the new, Virgen del Pino, El Paso, La Palma
April 21, 2015

  On Monday and Tuesday I showed a journalist around for the Tourist Board. On Monday night we went stargazing with Astrolapalma. I loved it. Agustín was very enthusiastic, and now I understand why people enjoy my enthusiasm so much. We started off just after sunset, and we had a lovely view of the old moon in the arms of the new. That’s the poetic name for when you can…