My name is Tom. I'm a freelance astronomer, astrophotographer and author, formerly based at the Royal Observatory. My professional background is in science communication and my passion is broadcasting information about astronomy - particularly stargazing advice - to encourage anyone to become more connected to the Universe they live in.
In 2019, I started my own astronomy podcast - Star Signs: Go Stargazing! - a weekly bulletin on what people can see above them in the night sky, from all over the world.
Star Signs helps curious sky-watchers around the world explore their universe, finding stars and constellations, spotting the planets, following the phases of the Moon, and preparing for special events like meteor showers and eclipses. Each week, we look ahead the bright and accessible sights, that are visible not only from the remote corners of the countryside, but also through the veil of light pollution that shrouds the city sky.
Since it launched, Star Signs has been discovered by listeners in many countries with very diverse backgrounds, united by a common love for stargazing. I'm determined to continue publishing the podcast every weekend - no exceptions - so everyone tuning in can stay connected to our ever changing night sky.
But producing and hosting a podcast takes time and money, and I want Star Signs to have a sustainable future. Many podcasts seek sponsors to run ads or promote their products, but I don't think this is a good fit for a short-form programme with a strong subject focus. I would prefer that Star Signs is owned by the stargazers who find it useful, not advertisers. To that end, I created Star Signs PRO here on Steady - a membership model that allows you to help keep Star Signs on the air, ad free, for everyone. With your support, I can publish this podcast indefinitely and improve its reach.
To say thank you, Star Signs PRO members also gain access to articles here on Steady, which explore topics of astronomy in more depth, including:
• Space news insights • Curious facts • Frequently asked questions • Astrophotography tips, and more!
You can also take your membership further with Star Signs PRO+ and Star Party! by inviting one or two other stargazers to access these articles.
As a paying subscriber, you'll be helping not only me, but many other listeners around the world who enjoy the podcast each week. Your generous contributions will cover the costs of writing, recording and hosting Star Signs, keeping it in business as an independent production, and with additional income, I can finance marketing campaigns to improve the show's reach around the world, growing our community of like-minded stargazers.
Thank you for considering Star Signs PRO. I hope you'll join me in helping to inspire people all over the world to look up and explore.