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.


Welcome to the first anniversary of ‘Sky Watch’! This March, Sky Watch celebrates one year on air; a complete orbit of the Sun of some 940 million kilometres!

March has always been an important month. Here in the ‘Petersphere’, we escape the cold gloomy clutches of Winter and welcome the onset of Spring. The Spring Equinox is the first of two occasions every year when all parts of our planet get approximately equal day and night, but have you heard of the Equinox’s close relative the Equilux?

This month Sky Watch explains the small, but important, difference.

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.