A monthly guide to our dark skies by Geoff Burt

Written by Petersphere resident, astronomical expert and amateur astronomer Geoff Burt, every month Shine Radio presents a Sky Watch of our unique dark skies.

Let Shine Radio open up the wonder of Petersfield’s night skies for magical star-gazing from your doorstep, in Sky Watch.


July; and it’s holiday season in the ‘Petersphere’! People are heading to the beaches, either here in the UK or overseas. Did you know there’s an astronomical link to the tides?

With July’s Full Moon occurring on the 3rd, this is the first in a sequence of four ‘Supermoons’ and during the Summer season you can’t miss the prominent asterism called the Summer Triangle, with Vega being one of the brightest stars in the whole sky.

Who is Geoff Burt?

Geoff Burt has been an active member of the Hampshire Astronomical Group, is a mentor for the Open University ‘Moons of our Solar System’ online course and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2009. He lives locally.