Night Sky Tourist Podcast

Take a journey with me to discover fascinating night sky destinations, explore cultural star stories, learn about protecting our dark skies, and take guided naked-eye tours 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.

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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 York. She is a...

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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 one of the world’s leading authorities on Australian Aboriginal night sky...

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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...

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Episode 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...

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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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