Stuart Atkinson


I am an amateur astronomer and science writer living in Kendal, in the Lake District. I write a popular  weekly stargazing column - "Skywatch" - for my local newspaper, The Westmorland Gazette, and also several monthly columns for the popular monthly "All About Space" magazine. I also broadcast regularly on BBC Radio Cumbria, have supplied images to Border TV and North West Tonight, and have been interviewed by Border TV several times.

I am also the Comet Section Director of the Society for Popular Astronomy, and am heavily involved in writing for their website and Facebook page.

I am a very busy Outreach Educator, meaning I regularly give talks and presentations, and run science workshops, in Cumbrian junior schools and regularly give talks to community groups such as Round Tables, Lions and WIs.

I am a published author, and my tenth book will be published next year. I am an astronomy consultant and editor for Usborne Publishing Ltd, and have worked on well over a dozen science titles for them, including, recently, The Astronaut’s Handbook co-written by British astronaut Tim Peake.

I also write astronomy poetry, or astro-poetry; my poems are featured on several NASA websites and are on display at NASA‘s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California.

I write several blogs, including the popular Cumbrian Sky blog, which give easy to understand information about how to observe and enjoy celestial events, and The Road To Endeavour, a blog chronicling the mission of NASA’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity which has been exploring the red planet for almost 14 years. This blog is followed by spaceflight enthusiasts around the world, and the images I produce for it have been featured on may websites and blogs.

I am also on Facebook and Twitter (@mars_stu)

Until recently I was the Secretary of the Eddington Astronomical Society of Kendal. After 14 years in that role – during which time it grew to become the largest and most active astronomy group in Cumbria – I have now handed over that position to allow me to put more time into my writing and outreach activities.


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