Dedicated to Outreach and Education in Practical Astronomy
The Astronomical Unit exists to make reliable astronomical information available to all. I do this through providing free information on this web site and undertaking outreach activities, including Star-tales (astronomy-based story-telling for children and adults), giving Astronomical Talks and running Astronomy Courses in the local community. These outreach activities are run both independently and in association with local astronomical societies, the National Trust, BBC Stargazing Live, local community groups, schools, colleges and adult learning centres.
I also run a companion website, The Binocular Sky, specifically for Astronomy with Binoculars.
2013 August 31: My magnum (as in 460 pages of astronomical goodness!) opus, the 2nd Edition of Binocular Astronomy is now published
2013 August 22: Booking is now open for the Start Stargazing Course
2013 July 03: Courses updated
2013 June 06: Star-tales (Storytelling) page added
2013 June 04: Courses updated for the 2013/14 season
2013 May 31: Glossary extended