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.


This time of year, nights in the ‘Petersphere’ are distinctly shorter than the days and, officially, night only lasts for about 2 hours.

May is the best time to find the second largest constellation in the sky. Find out about Virgo the Maiden and Spica, the brightest star in Virgo, whose light began its vast journey through the cosmos to your eye at around the time that the United States claimed independence!

The Moon reaches Full phase on the 23rd, traditionally called in the northern hemisphere the ‘Flower Moon’, and we look out for ethereal Noctilucent Clouds this month – Sky Watch will show you how.

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.