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.


Spring has sprung in the Petersphere and all around is a profusion of radiant blooms and blossoms. The nights are distinctly shorter for stargazing but at least the skies are clearer and the temperature comfortable!

This month Sky Watch takes a look at the Sun, the planets Jupiter and the celestial sign of Spring in the Petersphere, the constellation of Leo the Lion.

April is also the ideal time in our area to study the largest constellation in the entire sky. Tune in to Sky Watch to find out what it is.

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.