Night Sky Tourist Podcast

You are invited to take a journey with us as we chat with fascinating people about the night sky, get our questions answered by Ted Blank, a NASA Solar System Ambassador, and take a naked-eye tour across the night sky.

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.

Every two weeks, we release a new episode. Subscribe to it so you don’t miss a single episode. And if you like what you hear, please leave a written review so that others can discover us.


Do you have a question about stargazing, astronomy, or ancient cultural astronomy? We’d love to feature your question on the Night Sky Tourist podcast. Here’s how to do it:

  • Write out your question first to help you form it in a way that everyone can understand.
  • Practice saying out loud a couple of times.
  • Record your question as a voice memo on your smartphone.
  • Email your voice memo to


Episode 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. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE The 4 Season...

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Podcast: 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...

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Podcast: 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...

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Podcast: 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...

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Podcast: Create a Backyard Stargazing Oasis

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...

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Podcast: 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.  CLICK HERE to listen to Episode 16. LINKS IN THIS EPISODE Take a virtual visit to Stonehenge on the...

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Podcast: Spring Equinox Special- Episode 10

Our Spring Equinox Special brings to you several 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....

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Night Sky Tourist Podcast Ted Blank : Episode 1

In our first episode of the Night Sky Tourist podcast, 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...

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