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Night Sky Tourist

By Vicky Derksen
Discover the wonder of the night sky from your own backyard, travel to a dark sky location, and listen to the star stories of other cultures and civilizations. Night Sky Tourist helps the entire family connect with nature by engaging with the stars, moon, and planets.
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#25 Buying a Telescope with Ted Blank
Ted Blank is a NASA Solar System Ambassador. He’s also my #1 go-to when I have questions about telescopes. In this episode, Ted and I chat about things you should think about before buying a telescope. He also shares some brands that are great for first-time buyers. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/25 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Telescope Brands: Orion: https://www.telescope.com Celestron: https://www.celestron.com Meade: https://www.meade.com Astro Tech: https://www.astronomics.com/b/astro-tech.html Explore Scientific: https://explorescientificusa.com iOptron: https://www.ioptron.com Apatura: https://apertura-website.web.app Cloudy Nights (visit the Beginner’s Forum): https://www.cloudynights.com Spiral Spectrum Cosmic Calendars: https://spiralspectrum.com SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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October 12, 2021
#24 Astrotourism Adventures with Michael Marlin
Michael Marlin is a dark sky ambassador for the International Astronomical Union and the International Dark Sky Association. His passion for dark sky preservation goes back to the 1980s when he produced the LUMA light show theatrical performances. He also gave a truly inspiring TEDx talk called “Embracing Darkness”. In addition to his stories of running away with the circus, traveling the world with his juggling act, inventing a toy, and living in a treehouse in the jungle, Marlin is also the recent author of the book Astrotourism: Star Gazers, Eclipse Chasers, and the Dark Sky Movement. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/24 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Michael Marlin: http://mindofmarlin.com Astrotourism: Star Gazers, Eclipse Chasers, and the Dark Sky Movement by Michael Marlin: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1637420668/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o06_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 TEDx Talk “Embracing the Darkness” by Michael Marlin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8LdCpa75qw SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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September 28, 2021
#23 Fall Equinox Special
Our Fall Equinox Special features some of my friends who help tell the stories of different traditions from around the world. Thank you to Peter Atkinson, Jaime Britt, Joe Bill, Polly Knelsen, Clayton Corey, and Mark Derksen. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/23 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE The 4 Season Solution by Dallas Hartwig: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-4-Season-Solution/Dallas-Hartwig/9781508299639 SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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September 14, 2021
#22 Sketching the Night Sky with John Muir Laws
John (Jack) Muir Laws is a leader and innovator in the worldwide nature journaling movement. He is a scientist, educator, and author who helps people forge a deeper and more personal connection with nature through keeping illustrated nature journals. Trained as a wildlife biologist, he observes the world with rigorous attention. He looks for mysteries, plays with ideas, and seeks connections in all he sees. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/22 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE John Muir Laws: Nature Stewardship through Science, Education, and Art: https://johnmuirlaws.com Jack’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/JohnMuirLaws SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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September 2, 2021
#21 Flat Earth Movement with Daniel J. Clark
Filmmaker Daniel J. Clark chats with me about the making of the Behind the Curve documentary. It takes a look into the world of those who believe the Earth is flat. Daniel has worked in film as a director, editor, cinematographer, sound designer, and more. His independent television pilot for the show “Cowards” earned him the Best Comedy Pilot award at the New York Television Festival in 2014. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/21 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Delta V Productions: https://www.deltavproductions.com Behind the Curve documentary: https://www.behindthecurvefilm.com Night Sky Tourist episode 18 (stories about Cygnus): https://nightskytourist.com/18/ Night Sky Tourist episode 19 (stories about Sagittarius): https://nightskytourist.com/19/ Circe by Madeline Miller: http://madelinemiller.com/circe/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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August 19, 2021
#20 Treasures from Space with Geoff Notkin part 2
Meteorite hunter extraordinaire, Geoff Notkin, joins us in Part 2 of this two-part episode to share about his adventures in chasing meteorites. We talk about things you need to know before hunting for your own meteorites and visit the topic of the Chelyabinsk Meteorite that struck Russia in 2013. Check out the Night Sky Tourist Facebook page for a special giveaway of Geoff’s award-winning book, How to Find Treasure from Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/20 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Aerolite Meteorites: https://aerolite.org “How to Find Treasure from Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification”: https://aerolite.org/shop/meteorite-books/ Meteorite Men tv show: https://aerolite.org/meteorite-men/ Best videos of Chelyabinsk Meteorite (turn up the volume!): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mebWfDlhcRs SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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August 7, 2021
#19 Chasing Meteorites with Geoff Notkin part 1
Meteorite hunter extraordinaire, Geoff Notkin, joins us in part one of this two-part episode to share about his adventures in chasing meteorites. He also shares tips for hunting meteorites on your own.  Check out the Night Sky Tourist Facebook page for a special giveaway of Geoff’s award-winning book, “How to Find Treasure from Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification”. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/19 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Aerolite Meteorites: https://aerolite.org “How to Find Treasure from Space: The Expert Guide to Meteorite Hunting and Identification”: https://aerolite.org/shop/meteorite-books/ Meteorite Men tv show: https://aerolite.org/meteorite-men/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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July 24, 2021
#18 Create a Backyard Stargazing Oasis with Mark Derksen
We chat with Mark Derksen, my husband, about creating a stargazing oasis in your own backyard. Mark is a Dark Sky Lighting expert and he gives some great tips on how to choose the right kind of lighting for your stargazing space to provide safety while also protecting your ability to see the stars. I also share some other suggestions for adding fun elements to enhance your entire stargazing experience. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/18 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Dirk’s Electric: https://dirkselectric.com Mark’s hilarious dark sky lighting video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Np0XUCRg3s How to Build a Backyard Compass: https://drive.google.com/file/d/18v-NfpkHX4cJwd0hoQkXtpxY8TXb0hWn/view?usp=sharing Lunar Standstills: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RV3p-Hg6a54 Episode 4: Wildlife & Light Pollution with Amy Burnett: https://anchor.fm/night-sky-tourist/episodes/4-Wildlife--Light-Pollution-with-Amy-Burnett-eo6uvg/a-a468g7r Episode 7: Flagstaff, AZ: International Dark Sky Community: https://anchor.fm/night-sky-tourist/episodes/7-Flagstaff--Arizona-International-Dark-Sky-Community-eq1p77/a-a4ij6mq SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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July 10, 2021
#17 Cliff Dwellings & the Night Sky at Tonto National Monument
We visit Tonto National Monument where the cliff-dwelling Salado people thrived in the desert and enjoyed an exceptional connection with the night sky. Learn how they used the Milky Way to navigate at night. Today the monument is a certified International Dark Sky Park. Find out what they mean by “half the park is after dark”. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/17 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Tonto National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/tont/index.htm Night Sky Tourist article “Tonto National Monument”: https://nightskytourist.com/tonto-national-monument/ International Dark Sky Association’s Announcement of Tonto National Monument’s Dark Sky designation: https://www.darksky.org/tonto-national-monument-designated-as-international-dark-sky-park/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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June 26, 2021
#16 Stonehenge at Summer Solstice with Josh Dury
Our Summer Solstice Special will take you to Stonehenge where our guest Josh Dury tells about the special connection between Stonehenge and the first day of summer. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/16 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Take a virtual visit to Stonehenge on the Summer Solstice at: https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stonehenge/things-to-do/solstice/ Josh Dury: https://www.joshduryphoto-media.com “Venus: The Planet with Two Names”: https://nightskytourist.com/venus/ NASA announced two missions to Venus: https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-selects-2-missions-to-study-lost-habitable-world-of-venus SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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June 12, 2021
#15 Behind-the-Scenes of Night Sky Tourist with Vicky Derksen
Hear the behind-the-scenes story of what led to the creation of Night Sky Tourist. I share about experiences under the night sky from my own childhood, my experience in teaching naked eye astronomy to high school students...and their parents...and how I got involved in dark sky preservation efforts. I also give a sneak peek into the future of Night Sky Tourist. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/15 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE “The City Dark” documentary by Ian Cheney: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGyFsMCsQNE Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association: http://fhdarksky.com International Dark Sky Discovery Center: https://darkskycenter.org SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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May 29, 2021
#14 Art in the Night Sky with Syahirah Nazarudin
We travel to Malaysia to chat with Syahirah Nazarudin, a school teacher, dark sky advocate, and space artist. We discuss the emotional aspect of stargazing and how the arts can connect us the the night sky in a unique way. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/14 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Check out Syahirah’s work and follow her on the following sites: BLOG: https://syahirahstargazer.blogspot.com YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCEFK0ZV5rT2JTuNk6BmM8Kw FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/syahirahstargazer/ INSTAGRAM: https://www.instagram.com/syahirahstargazer/ TWITTER: https://twitter.com/AstroSyahirah “Super Blood Moon 2021”: https://nightskytourist.com/super-blood-moon-2021/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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May 15, 2021
#13 The Changing Night Sky with Josh Dury
Josh Dury chats with us from Bristol, England about how the night sky is changing and shares some great astrotourism tips for anyone who is interested in planning a trip to the UK. He uses his skills as a photographer, filmmaker, conservationist, and speaker to help people understand the impact of light pollution while giving them a glimpse at the wonder and majesty of the night sky. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/13 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Josh Dury: https://www.joshduryphoto-media.com Celestial Geometry: Understanding the Astronomical Meanings of Ancient Sites: https://www.amazon.com/Celestial-Geometry-Understanding-Astronomical-Meanings/dp/1780283865 May New Moon 2021: https://nightskytourist.com/may-2021-moon/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
36:07
May 1, 2021
#12 Dark Skies of Switzerland with Lukas Schuler
Lukas Schuler is the President of Dark Sky Switzerland and an Advocate with the International Dark Sky Association. Lukas joins me to talk about dark sky preservation efforts in his home country and we talk about great places you can visit if you want to experience a starry night in this beautiful area of Europe. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/12 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Night Sky Tourist: Episode 1 with Ted Blank, NASA Solar System Ambassador https://nightskytourist.com/1/ Venus, the Planet with Two Names: https://nightskytourist.com/venus/ Learn about Auriga in Episode 8 (Equity in Nature with Dudley Edmondson) https://nightskytourist.com/8/ Learn about Leo in Episode 11 (International Dark Sky Week with Bettymaya Foott) https://nightskytourist.com/11/ April New Moon 2021 https://nightskytourist.com/april-new-moon/ Little House on the Prairie https://littlehouseontheprairie.com SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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April 17, 2021
#11 International Dark Sky Week with Bettymaya Foott
Bettymaya Foott from the International Dark Sky Association joins us to talk about the upcoming International Dark Sky Week on April 5-12, 2021. Bettymaya shares about growing up under the pristine dark skies of Moab, Utah and how she learned about light pollution for the first time. She also gives some great tips for anyone who wants something really easy to do to help protect the night skies, beginning in their own backyard. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/11 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE International Dark Sky Week, April 5-11, 2022: https://idsw.darksky.org Dark Sky Friendly Home Lighting Program: https://idsw.darksky.org/activities/dark-sky-friendly-home/ “The City Dark” documentary: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1863406/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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April 3, 2021
#10 Spring Equinox Special
Our Spring Equinox Special brings to you 8 great spring celebrations and traditions from around the world, both ancient and modern. While each culture has its unique rituals and ways of viewing the Spring Equinox, there are often similarities between them, too. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/10 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE “Losing the Dark” mini-documentary: https://www.darksky.org/our-work/grassroots-advocacy/resources/losing-the-dark/ International Dark Sky Week, April 5-11, 2021: https://idsw.darksky.org SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
32:41
March 20, 2021
#9 Mayan Archaeoastronomy & the Apocalypse with Dr. Anthony Aveni
Our amazing guest, Dr. Anthony Aveni, talks with us about Mayan archaeoastronomy, a field of study that he founded and teaches about as a university professor. We also discuss Mayan timekeeping and their apocalyptic worldview. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/9 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Dr. Anthony Aveni: https://www.anthonyfaveni.com “Star Stories: Constellations and People”: https://www.anthonyfaveni.com/books Star Talk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson & Dr. Anthony Aveni: https://www.startalkradio.net/show/cosmic-queries-timekeeping/ Mars rover “Perseverance”: https://mars.nasa.gov SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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March 6, 2021
#8 Equity in Nature with Dudley Edmondson
Meet Dudley Edmondson, a nature advocate, author, photographer, and public speaker. We discuss the importance for getting kids outdoors and the impact that time in nature can have in their lives. We also tackle the subject of inequity of access to nature for urban youth and children of color. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/8 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Dudley Edomondson: https://dudleyedmondson.com NASA’s Mars Rover “Perseverance”: https://mars.nasa.gov/mars2020/ “Black History Month: Diversity in Astronomy”: https://nightskytourist.com/diversity-in-astronomy/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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February 20, 2021
#7 Flagstaff, Arizona: International Dark Sky Community
On this episode, we take a trip to Flagstaff, Arizona, the world’s first International Dark Sky Community. It is home of Lowell Observatory where Pluto was discovered in 1930. This is our introduction to AstroTourism. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/7 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Flagstaff Dark Sky Coalition: http://www.flagstaffdarkskies.org Lowell Observatory: https://lowell.edu International Dark Sky Association: https://www.darksky.org New Horizons Spacecraft: https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/newhorizons/main/index.html “Flagstaff, Arizona: Best in Astrotourism”: https://nightskytourist.com/flagstaff-dark-sky-astrotourism/ Dark Skies: A Practical Guide to Astrotourism by Lonely Planet: https://shop.lonelyplanet.com/products/dark-skies-1 SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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February 6, 2021
#6 Cosmic Calendars with Julie Wilder
Our guest in this episode is Julie Wilder, founder and owner of Spiral Spectrum. Julie creates unique cosmic calendars unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. She has combined her intense interest of the night sky with her incredible artistic talent to produce a calendar of the night sky for all 365 days. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/6 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Spiral Spectrum: https://spiralspectrum.com “January New Moon in 2021”: https://nightskytourist.com/january-new-moon-2021/ “Astrology vs. Astronomy: Are They the Same?”: https://nightskytourist.com/astronomy-vs-astrology/ MoonMap 260: https://www.amazon.com/Orion-51919-MoonMap-260-Black/dp/B00G4MRCAO Download our 2021 Moon Calendar: https://nightskytourist.com/2021/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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January 23, 2021
#5 Cultural Astronomy with Luke Edens
Our guest in this episode is Luke Edens, the Vice President of the Phoenix Chapter of the International Dark Sky Association. He is also involved in a group called Southwest Cultural Astronomy and he joins us to discuss the topic of cultural astronomy. What is it? Where can you find it? Luke is also an Emergency Room nurse, so we say THANK YOU for working on the front lines during this pandemic. We are kicking off our “Year of the Moon” in this episode during our night sky tour. For more information, visit https://nightskytourist.com/5/  LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Phoenix Chapter of International Dark Sky Association: https://idaphoenixarea.org “The Myster of Chaco Canyon” narrated by Robert Redford: https://solsticeproject.org/Chaco_Films_Videos/The_Mystery_of_Chaco_Canyon/ Download our 2021 Moon Calendar: https://nightskytourist.com/2021/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive for subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
32:50
January 9, 2021
#4 Wildlife & Light Pollution with Amy Burnett
Our guest in this episode is Ranger Amy Burnett, a wildlife expert with the Arizona Game and Fish. She is well-loved in her community for rescuing injured and sick wild animals from people’s yards, for her lively presentations that include live animals, and for her appearances on morning news shows around Phoenix, Arizona. In this episode, we tackle issues related to the impact of light pollution on wildlife and discuss easy things anyone can do to reduce light pollution on their own property. CLICK HERE for more information about this episode: https://nightskytourist.com/4/  LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Sky & Telescope’s Skywatch 2021 magazine: https://www.shopatsky.com/skywatch-2021 “When March 25 Was America’s New Year”: https://nightskytourist.com/new-year/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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December 26, 2020
#3 Winter Solstice Special
In this special Winter Solstice episode, members of the Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association in Arizona share ancient cultural tales of this significant seasonal observance. They will take you on a journey around the world to times long ago up to the present day. Click here for more information about this episode: https://nightskytourist.com/3/ LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association: http://fhdarksky.com “The Return of the Light: Twelve Tales from Around the World for the Winter Solstice” by Carolyn McVickar Edwards: https://www.amazon.com/Return-Light-Twelve-Around-Solstice/dp/1569243603 SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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December 12, 2020
#2 Marsha Diane Arnold: Lights Out!
GUEST INFO Marsha Diane Arnold is an award-winning children’s book author of more than 20 books. Her most recent book, “Lights Out”, introduces the concept of light pollution to young readers in a gentle and beautiful way through a picture book. Marsha shares her experiences with the night sky and what spared the idea for writing this book. Learn more at https://nightskytourist.com/2/  LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Marsha’s website: https://marshadianearnold.com “The City Dark” documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zGyFsMCsQNE SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our resource page, and sign up for our newsletters. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTION We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com
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November 28, 2020
#1 Ted Blank, NASA Solar System Ambassador
Ted Blank, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, shares how he got involved with astronomy and dark sky preservation and encourages young people to chase after the stars, whether in their backyard or as a career. Ted will be featured in our Q&A segments in future episodes and I wanted everyone to get to know him right from the beginning. SHOW NOTES: Here are some things that were mentioned in this episode of Night Sky Tourist: NightSkyTourist.com : Sign up for the Night Sky Tourist newsletter and check out our great blog content and resources. Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association International Dark Sky Discovery Center Fountain Hills Astronomy Club SPREAD THE NEWS You can help our podcast reach more people by: Subscribe to Night Sky Tourist podcast Leave a review wherever you subscribe Share the podcast or share your favorite episode on social media or by sharing a link with family and friends in an email GET TO KNOW US MORE Visit our website at NightSkyTourist.com to read our great blog articles, check out our Resource Page, and sign up for our newsletter. Our monthly newsletter has content that is exclusive to subscribers. SHARE YOUR QUESTIONS We want to hear your questions. They could even become part of a future Q&A segment. Record your question in a voice memo on your phone Email it to us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com TIP: Record in a quiet location, preferably with your headphones COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS? Email us at NightSkyTourist@gmail.com.
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November 15, 2020