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.


“Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; all the rest have thirty-one,

Excepting February alone, and that has twenty-eight days clear,

And twenty-nine in each leap year.”

February has always been a bit of an oddity. Why is it shorter than all the other months; and why does it sometimes have a leap day as it does now in 2024? Listen to the latest Sky Watch to find out why and more…

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.