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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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46- Hovenweep's Archaeoastronomy & Dark Sky Treasures with Austin Tumas
Ranger Austin Tumas joins me from Hovenweep National Monument to talk about the Ancestral Pueblo people who once lived there and the remarkable archaeoastronomy they left behind. Austin started working for the National Park Service 7 years ago as a college student. Since then, she’s worked in 8 different parks across the country. Astronomy was part of the activities at 6 of those parks. Although her degree is in anthropology, she learned a great deal about astronomy during her first season at Hovenweep, proving that anyone can learn the night sky. Austin has worked at Hovenweep as a seasonal interpretation ranger, as a Student Conservation intern, with the Volunterr-in-Parks program, and now as a permanent ranger as a Lead Interpreter. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/46 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Hovenweep National Monument: https://www.nps.gov/hove/index.htm Hovenweep on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HovenweepNPS Night Sky Tourist #5- Cultural Astronomy with Luke Edens: https://nightskytourist.com/5-2/ Night Sky Tourist #9- Mayan Arcahaeoastronomy with Dr. Anthony Aveni: https://nightskytourist.com/9-2/ Night Sky Tourist #16- Stonehenge at Summer Solstice with Josh Dury: https://nightskytourist.com/16-2/ SPREAD THE WORD Help us reach more people by subscribing to the podcast, leaving a review, and sharing it with others. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
31:25
August 15, 2022
45- Australia Stargazing Excursion with Dimitri Douchin
Australia is a stargazing paradise and offers different night sky views than we experience in the Northern Hemisphere. In this episode, I chat with Dimitri Douchin, founder of Blue Mountains Stargazing. He shares about the unique experiences his company offers and gives us some great tips for other things to do in the area. Dimitri is an astrophysicist and serves on the faculty of Western Sydney University where he specializes in Cultural Astronomy. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/45 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Blue Mountains Stargazing: https://www.bluemountainsstargazing.com.au Blue Mountains Stargazing on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bluemountainsstargazing/ Blue Mountains Stargazing on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluemountainsstargazing/ Kirsten Banks TED Talk “65,000 Years–The Great History of Australian Aboriginal Astronomy”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYr7ZCn04eA Night Sky Tourist #26 “Emotional Grounding and the Night Sky with Toni Kouts” (Sydney): https://nightskytourist.com/26/ Night Sky Tourirst #34 “Aboriginal Skies with Paul Curnow” (Adlaide): https://nightskytourist.com/34/ 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
33:48
August 02, 2022
44- Calendars, Clocks & Seasonal Living with Ric Alling
Ric Alling chats with me about the fascinating world of how humans used the sky to develop calendars, why we invented clocks, and the benefits of getting back to seasonal living. Ric is the manager of the Community Outreach Program at Arizona State University’s School of Earth & Space Exploration. He also puts together the programming at the Marston Exploration Theater and the Gallery of Scientific Exploration at ASU. He has a professional interest in the history of astronomy and how people through history react to scientific trends and investigations. Rick is a board member of the Society for Cultural Astronomy in the American Southwest, which is an organization that engages with Native Americans and their cultural views of science using the backdrop of observable astronomical phenomena. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/44 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Arizona State University’s School of Earth & Space Exploration: https://sese.asu.edu The 4 Season Solution: A Groundbreaking Plan to Fight Burnout and Tap into Optimum Health by Dallas Hartwig: https://www.simonandschuster.com/books/The-4-Season-Solution/Dallas-Hartwig/9781982115166 The Oxcart Man by Donald Hall: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/320517/ox-cart-man-by-donald-hall-illustrated-by-barbara-cooney/ Marking Time: The Epic Quest to Invent the Perfect Calendar by Duncan Steel: https://www.amazon.com/Marking-Time-Invent-Perfect-Calendar/dp/0471298271/ref=nodl_?dplnkId=745ba713-a518-42c6-9c00-c2806e61a14d NASA Perseverance Rover: https://www.nasa.gov/perseverance James Webb Telescope: https://jwst.nasa.gov "6 Night Vision Tips for Epic Stargazing": https://nightskytourist.com/6-night-vision-tricks/ 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
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July 19, 2022
43- Let There be Night with Paul Bogard
Paul Bogard chats with me about his book The End of Night: Searching for Natural Darkness in an Age of Artificial Light. He is also the author of The Ground Beneath Us: From the Oldest Cities to the Last Wilderness, What Dirt Tells Us About Who We Are. His most recent works are the coffee table book To Know a Starry Night and the children’s book What if Night? Paul is an associate professor of English at Hamline University in Saint Paul, Minnesota USA, where he teaches environmental literature and writing. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/43 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Paul Bogard: http://www.paul-bogard.com/ Wild Nights Out with Chris Salisbury: https://nightskytourist.com/35/ Astronomy vs. Astrology: Are They the Same?: https://nightskytourist.com/astronomy-vs-astrology/ 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
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July 05, 2022
42- Skyglow Project with Harun Mehmedinovic
Harun Memedinovic is one of the founders of Skyglow Project. In this episode, we chat about our shared love for dark sky advocacy and how Harun uses his photography skills to bring attention to the issue of light pollution, or skyglow. Harun is an award-winning photographer and videographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, BBC Earth, Vogue Italia, Astronomy Magazine, Wired, Forbes, and so much more. He’s also an author of three books and has been the subject of a TEDx Talk.More recently, he was the cinematographer and co-producer for “Ice on Fire”, an HBO feature documentary produced by Leonardo DiCaprio. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/42 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Skyglow Project: https://skyglowproject.com Bloodhoney (Harun’s personal project site): http://www.bloodhoney.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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
32:39
June 21, 2022
41- Take Home a Piece of Geoff Notkin's Personal Meteorite Collection
Geoff Notkin, star of the tv show Meteorite Men, stops in to chat about the auction for his personal meteorite collection that ends on June 22, 2022. Learn about his 30 years in the world of meteorites, how he assembled his collection over the years, and details about this one-of-a-kind auction. You can catch my previous episodes with Geoff Notkin: Episode 19 Chasing Meteorites with Geoff Notkin part 1: https://nightskytourist.com/19-2/ Episode 20 Treasures from Space with Geoff Notkin part 2: https://nightskytourist.com/20-2/ Visit NightSkyTourist.com/41 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Heritage Auctions: https://www.ha.com/information/geoff-notkin-collection.s?type=surl-notkin Geoffrey Notkin on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spacerocks Geoffrey Notkin on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/geoffnotkin/ Geoffrey Notkin on Twitter: https://twitter.com/geoffnotkin 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
22:30
June 14, 2022
40- Discovery Olympic National Park's Starry Nights with Jared Low
I chat with Jared Low, a Supervisory Park Ranger for the Interpretation Division at Olympic National Park. Jared manages the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center and the Olympic National Park Visitor Center in Port Angeles, WA. He coordinates the interpretive programming for visitors in the east district of the park, including the popular night skies program at Hurricane Ridge. Jared has worked with the National Park Service since 2012, including time at Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Park and Mt. Rainier National Park. He loves to explore the waters, trails, and campgrounds of the Pacific Northwest with his wife and two young daughters during his free time. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/40 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Olympic National Park: https://www.nps.gov/olym/index.htm Visit Port Angeles: https://www.visitportangeles.com Blood Moon article: 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
23:57
June 07, 2022
39- Late Spring Break
The Night Sky Tourist podcast is taking a late Spring Break to refresh and come back this summer. There will be no new episodes during the month of May 2022. But check out my suggestions for your stargazing experiences during this break. 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 26, 2022
38- Astronomy on Tap with Emily Rice
Emily Rice, aka DJ Carly Sagan, is an organizer for the international Astronomy on Tap program. She’s fun and witty, but she’s also super smart! Emily is an Associate Professor of Astrophysics at Macaulay Honors College of the City University of New Yourk. She is faculty in the Physics Ph. D program and a resident research associate in the Deprtment of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History. She has a Ph.D in Astronomy & Astrophysics at UCLA and Bachelor’s degrees in Physics & Astronomy and German at the University of Pittsbugh. Emily has the super cool job of studying low mass stars, brown dwarfs, also known as failed stars, and directly-images exoplanets…you know, planets that orbit OTHER stars outside our solar system. And she gives presentations on space and science at places like the famous Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/38 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Astronomy on Tap: https://astronomyontap.org STARtorialist: https://shop.startorialist.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.
39:16
April 12, 2022
37- Hidden Star Map at Hoover Dam with Patti Aaron
Patti Aaron chats with me about a gorgeous star map hidden in plain sight at Hoover Dam. Hoover Dam is an extraordinary engineering work that controls the Colorado River. Franklin D. Roosevelt dedicated the dam in 1936. The dedication site now has a star map and other remarkable symbols that are truly worth the visit. Patti is the Public Affairs Officer for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Lower Colorado Basin Region. This region covers southern Nevada, southern California, and Arizona. She started out as a restoration biologist before transitioning to her work on Western water policy and public affairs programs in Washington, D.C. She returned to the region in 2018 to take on her current role with the Bureau of Reclamation. LINKS Hoover Dam visitors information: https://www.usbr.gov/lc/hooverdam/ Hoover Dam Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/theHooverDam/ Article: Hoover Dam’s Astronomical Site: https://nightskytourist.com/hoover-dam/ Article: Why Earth Wobbles with a Drunken Stagger: https://nightskytourist.com/wobble/ Visit NightSkyTourist.com/37 for more information about this episode. 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 peart of a future Q&A. Record your question in a voice memo on your smartphone and email it to us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
27:47
March 29, 2022
36- Lakota Star Knowledge with Dr. Craig Howe
Dr. Craig Howe chats with me about Lakota Star Knowledge and the relationship between the Lakota and the night sky. He is the founder and director of the Center for American Indian Research and Native Studies and has served as the Deputiy Assistant for Cultural Resources at the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute. Dr. Howe has authored articles and book chapters on numerous topics, including tribal histories and Native studies. He has developed innovative tribal histories projects and museum exhibitions. He was raised on his family’s cattle ranch in the Lacreek District of the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota and is a citizen of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. LINKS Center for American Indian Research and and Native Studies: https://www.nativecairns.org Buechel Memorial Lakota Museum in South Dakota: https://www.sfmission.org/museum Mars mission: https://mars.nasa.gov Visit NightSkyTourist.com/36 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
36:34
March 15, 2022
#35 Wild Nights Out with Chris Salisbury
Chris Salisbury is the author of the book “Wild Nights Out: The Magic of Exploring the Outdoors after Dark”. He is the founder of WildWise, an outdoor education and training company. He uses every creative means at his disposal to encourage people to enjoy and value the natural world on courses he facilitates in the UK and abroad. He’s also a professional storyteller and is just as comfortable on the big stage in theater as he is around the campfire. LINKS WildWise: https://wildwise.co.uk Wild Nights Out book: https://www.chelseagreen.com/product/wild-nights-out/ Visit NightSkyTourist.com/35 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
35:00
March 01, 2022
#34 Aboriginal Skies with Paul Curnow
Paul Curnow chats with me about Aboriginal Skies in Australia. He has been an astronomy lecturer at the Adelaide Planetarium for the past 30 years. After 3 decades of research, he is regarded as on of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky knowledge. In 2004, Paul worked with the Lake Erie Nature & Science Center Planetarium in Ohio to create a show featuring Indigenous Australian stories of the night sky. He also serves as a consultant on Ingigenous Astronomy for the Australian Space Agency and is a member of the Andy Thomas Space Foundation Education Advisory Committee. LINKS Starman’s 2-Minute Astronomy: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCP-JtTj2a1DP_P9200TvQNQ/videos Aboriginal Astronomy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0bzVoTzwNc Sriral Murali’s “Lost in Light II”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TVAB1lT-sWw Visit NightSkyTourist.com/34 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
32:22
February 15, 2022
#33 I Heart Pluto with Kevin Schindler
Kevin Schindler is the historian and Public Information Officer at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, Arizona where Pluto was discovered 92 years ago. He is the author of seven books, including one titled “Pluto and Lowell Observatory”. He is the organizer for a really fun event coming up this month called the I Heart Pluto Festival, which we talk about in this episode. And here’s a really fun fact for you: Schindler has both a fossil crab and an asteroid named after him! LINKS I Heart Pluto Festival: https://iheartpluto.org Lowell Observatory: https://lowell.edu Pluto and Lowell Observatory by Kevin Schindler: https://starryskiesshop.org/products/pluto-and-lowell-observatory Sulwe by Lupita Nyong’o: https://sulwebylupita.com Things to See in the Night Sky in 2022: https://nightskytourist.com Visit NightSkyTourist.com/33 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
38:49
February 01, 2022
#32 1000 Hours Outside with Ginny Yurich
Ginny Yurich is a Michigan mother of 5 and the founder of 1000 Hours Outside. She has inspired thousands upon thousands of parents around the world to raise their kids with nature-based play. She has a degree in Mathematics and a Master’s degree in Education from the University of Michigan. She’s also an author and an illustrator. LINKS: 1000 Hours Outside: https://www.1000hoursoutside.com “Moon Milk Magic?”: https://nightskytourist.com/moon-magic/ Things to See in the Night Sky in 2022: https://nightskytourist.com Visit NightSkyTourist.com/32 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
35:31
January 19, 2022
#31 Discover Utah's Stargazing Secrets with Justina Parsons-Bernstien
Justina Parsons-Bernstein takes us into the world of dark skies across Utah’s State Parks. In fact, she created the Utah State Parks Dark Sky Initiative in 2015. Find out some of the very best places in Utah to see a pristine dark sky and also where to go to find an ancient cultural astronomy site. LINKS: UTAH STATE PARKS STARRY NIGHTS INITIATIVE https://stateparks.utah.gov/activities/dark-sky/ UTAH STATE PARKS DARK SKY EVENTS https://stateparks.utah.gov/activities/dark-sky/dark-sky-events/ Utah.com Website Collection of Articles on International Dark Sky Places in Utah https://www.visitutah.com/places-to-go/dark-sky-parks Links to some Dark Sky educational courses that Justina developed in conjunction with Utah State University Extension: Dark Sky Observations Master Naturalist Course https://extensioncourses.usu.edu/product/dark-sky-observations/ 4-H Discover Dark Sky https://extension.usu.edu/utah4h/discover And don't forget to check out all the Facebook pages of Utah State Parks International Dark Sky Parks. They post lots of interesting dark sky-related information, photos, videos and events. Utah State Parks International Dark Sky Parks • Dead Horse Point State Park, 2016 • Goblin Valley State Park, 2016 • Antelope Island State Park, 2017 • Steinaker State Park, 2018 • East Canyon State Park, 2020 • Jordanelle State Park, 2021 • Kodachrome Basin State Park, 2021 • Rockport State Park, 2021 • Fremont Indian State Park, 2021 • Goosenecks State Park, 2021 Skywatcher by Jamie Hogan: https://www.jamiehogan.com  Visit NightSkyTourist.com/31 for more information about this episode. 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
33:34
January 04, 2022
#30- Winter Solstice from Alaska to Costa Rica
In this Winter Solstice special, we take trips to Alaska and Costa Rica to find out what it’s like to experience the shortest day of the year in these extreme locations. Ted Blank, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, answers my burning question about the weather and the Winter Solstice. Peter Atkinson lends his amazing storytelling voice to share with us the story of “La Befana and the Royal Child of Light.” Epcot does a great “Holidays Around the World” celebration which includes an appearance by La Befana herself. Enjoy! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oKZjFH_PEas Visit NightSkyTourist.com/30 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Nature’s Edge Boutique Hotel: https://www.naturesedgecabinas.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 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
34:11
December 21, 2021
#29 Transform Your Life Outdoors with Amy Bushatz
Amy Bushatz is the host of the wonderful podcast Humans Outside. She is also a journalist and an editor specializing in coverage of the Alaska outdoors and the U.S. military. When here husband left the active-duty Army in 2016, their family moved sight-unseen to Alaska. They have built a lifestyle around spending time outside every day. In fact, Amy’s personal challenge has been to spend 20 minutes outside every single day. In this episode, we chat about the value of spending time outside under a starry sky. And Amy shares an amazing personal experience she recently had with the Northern Lights. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/29 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Humans Outside: https://humansoutside.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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS: Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
36:26
December 07, 2021
#28 Returning Darkness to the Night Sky with John Barentine
John Barentine is the founder of Dark Sky Consulting. He joins me in this episode to talk about returning the darkness to the night sky. John holds a Ph.D. in astronomy and has worked for the National Solar Observatory, Apache Point Observatory, and the Sloan Digital Sky Survey. He formerly worked as the Director of Public Policy for the International Dark Sky Association. He even has an asteroid named in his honor, known as (14505) Barentine! Check out the link for his three books below. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/28 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Dark Sky Consulting: https://www.darkskyconsulting.com Books by John Barentine: https://www.johncbarentine.com/books.html International Dark Sky Association: https://www.darksky.org “Saving the Dark” documentary: http://savingthedark.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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
33:43
November 23, 2021
#27 First Anniversary Special
Night Sky Tourist podcast is celebrating its first anniversary this week. But we’re also celebrating another milestone. The Night Sky Tourist website is celebrating its second anniversary. I’ve just launched a beautifully redesigned website with new features. You can also download my free guide called “Things to See in the Night Sky in 2021”. Don’t worry, you’ll get the 2022 edition at the end of December. Would you believe that in the first 26 episodes, you’ve heard the voices of 58 different people? Fifty-eight people who have taken time to help make Night Sky Tourist a success. In this Anniversary Special, you’ll get to hear from some of them. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/27 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Fountain Hills Dark Sky Association: http://fhdarksky.com International Dark Sky Discovery Center: https://darkskycenter.org Dr. Anthony Aveni: https://www.anthonyfaveni.com Daniel J. Clark’s Delta V Productions: https://www.deltavproductions.com Geoff Notkin’s Meteorite Men: https://www.meteoritemen.com Geoff Notkin’s Aerolite Meteorites: https://aerolite.org International Dark Sky Association: https://www.darksky.org Josh Dury and Space4All: https://www.joshduryphoto-media.com Julie Wilder’s Spiral Spectrum: https://spiralspectrum.com John Muir Laws: https://johnmuirlaws.com Toni Kouts: https://www.instagram.com/toni__kouts/ 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 for 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
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November 09, 2021
#26 Emotional Grounding & the Night Sky with Toni Kouts
Toni Kouts joins us from Sydney, Australia to talk about her experience under the extended pandemic lockdown and how she found solace in the night sky. Toni is a night sky photographer and has a degree in welfare studies, including mental health, psychology, and sociology. We talk about the role the night sky has in helping us find emotional health. If you want to send a “Happy Anniversary” audio message for Episode 27, please record it on your phone’s voice memo app. Then email it to me at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. Be sure to introduce yourself and send it to me by November 1. Visit NightSkyTourist.com/26 for more information about this episode. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Toni Kouts on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/toni__kouts/ Toni Kouts on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Antoinettekouts If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or suicidal thoughts, please reach out for help. In the United States: https://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/find-help In Australia: https://www.health.gov.au/health-topics/mental-health-and-suicide-prevention 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 Hello@NightSkyTourist.com. COMMENTS OR QUESTIONS Email us at Hello@NightSkyTourist.com.
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October 29, 2021
#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 02, 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 07, 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
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May 01, 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 03, 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
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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 06, 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 06, 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
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January 09, 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