Jane has been a guest on ITV’s ‘This Morning’ show, BBC Two’s ‘Stargazing Live’, BBC Radio Four ‘Midweek’, BBC national and regional radio, TalkRADIO and TalkTELEVISION. She is currently resident astronomer for BBC Sussex and Surrey Radio and Uckfield 105FM and is an Escort Guide for New Scientist Discovery Tours.
Most recently she successfully presented for Sir Richard Branson and his Virgin Galactic Team at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich and co-presented the theatre show TOUR OF THE UNIVERSE - a pioneering UK national tour. Guests included presenters of BBC television’s ‘Sky at Night’ programme and other high-profile science communicators and was described by Professor Chris Lintott as 'a first and a triumph'.
A 24-hour SPACE SPECTACULAR soon followed when Jane co-hosted with the BBC’s Mark Thompson at London’s Royal Institution raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
Having co-presented with the late Sir Patrick Moore CBE FRAS, celebrities and other media professionals, Jane was invited to be the Inaugural Speaker for the Sir Patrick Moore Memorial Lecture at Holmewood House School, the school where Sir Patrick himself taught. She can be seen presenting at national astronomy and literary festivals as well as many other venues/events throughout the UK.
She has been featured in, and writes for, various astronomy publications, including the UK's BBC Sky at Night, Astronomy Now and the US Sky & Telescope magazines.
With international award winning business skills, Jane was initially head hunted for a career in the Foreign & Commonwealth Office but instead went to sea. As a senior officer she studied for a Degree in Astronomy and Planetary Sciences, eventually becoming a Guest Speaker when she presented globally and even scripted a live television/theatre interview with the second man on the moon, US astronaut, Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin.
Her book, the Haynes Astronomy Manual, is still an international bestseller after several reprints and has been translated into several languages.
A Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society, Jane is a natural, eloquent and captivating speaker who possesses that rare ability to communicate the complexities of astronomy in a warm and easy to understand way. She makes the ‘ungraspable’ graspable so why not join her for a revelatory voyage into the Universe?
In this talk, with the aid of stunning audio visuals, Jane deconstructs the seemingly complex, de-mystifies meaningless phrases and reveals the darkest wonders of the cosmos to ultimately share what inspires her and her audiences most … perspective, majesty and beauty on the grandest of scales. This powerful and insightful journey begins and ends with ‘nothing’. What could possibly fill the ‘space’ in between? Find out as Jane inspires you to look up, live it and love it.
Ian is a lifelong astronomy enthusiast and has been an OSC volunteer for more than 5 years. A business writer and communications professional, he first caught the astronomy bug aged 13 during the Apollo moon landings. Starting out with a tiny 2” refracting telescope, where even seeing the moon was a challenge, he has graduated to operate the 13” astrographic telescope in Dome D at our stargazing evenings and events. You may also have seen Ian hamming it up at our various special events, playing roles as varied as a bereaved, distraught husband, a tipsy vicar, and even Albert Einstein! In 2016, Ian began working with our archivist to build a video memoir of the experiences of the former astronomers and staff who lived and worked at Herstmonceux during its RGO years and looks forward to sharing some of those memories in his talk.
From 1958 to 1990, the buildings and grounds of Herstmonceux Castle were the home, office and playground of the Royal Greenwich Observatory (RGO).
Science Centre volunteer and operator of the astrographic refractor in Dome D, Ian Whiteley presents video memories of some of the renowned astronomers, engineers and theoreticians who lived and worked at this historic site. Hear about the discovery of the first black hole, of earning five bob a night as an observer in the domes, and of how the people who built their careers here felt about the RGO’s closure.
Born and raised in Yorkshire, Stephen completed his undergraduate studies at the University of Durham before gains his doctorate from to the University of Cambridge. Stephen then moved to Oxford where he worked as research fellow. In 2013 Stephen was appointed a lecturer in astronomy at the University of Sussex an is now a Reader and Head of Astronomy.
'The Webb Telescope'
The Webb Telescope, which is due to launch later this year, is the long-awaited successor to the Hubble Space Telescope. Webb is an international collaboration, featuring strong involvement from the UK. Ultimately thousands of scientists from around the world will use data from Webb to answer a range of scientific questions. Webb will enable an enormous range of science from allowing us to identify the first stars and galaxies to form in the Universe to probing the atmospheres of alien planets.
Greg has worked in graphic design since 1979 have worked in this industry since 1979. He designs corporate brochures, advertising and many company websites from simple awareness to fully functional commercial sites. He designs high-end graphics and with his passion for astronomy provides detailed star maps and astronomical artworks for Astronomy Now one of the UK's most popular astronomy magazines.
Every now and then the Moon passes exactly between the Earth and the Sun and because the two bodies appear to be of similar size we experience a solar eclipse. These events are completely predictable and we can calculate eclipses many centuries into the future. Let me take you on a personal journey of these most amazing natural phenomena.