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.


Episode 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...

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Episode 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. ...

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Episode 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...

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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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Episode 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...

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Episode 18: 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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Episode 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 with the night sky in a unique way. Syahirah (pronounced Shuh-hee-ruh) and I met...

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Episode 13: The Changing Night Sky with Josh Dury

Josh Dury chats with us from Bristol, Englan 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...

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Episode 12: Dark Skies in 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...

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Episode 10: Spring Equinox Special

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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