22nd February 2024 – Live on BBC Radio 5’s Today programme talking with Amol Rajan about the upcoming landing of Intuitive Machines Nova-C as part of NASA’s CLPS programme in support of Artemis, 6.55am.

20th February 2024 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire & Cumbria talking with Nish about the most luminous black hole ever discovered, 2.35pm.

18th February 2024 – Live on Breakfast with Chris and Fliss on BBC 5 Live talking about NASA recruiting volunteers for their next simulated Mars mission, 9.55am.

5th February 2024 – Pre-record with Nish for BBC Radio Lancashire & Cumbria talking about the proposals for the new supercollider at CERN.

19th January 2024 – Pre-record for BBC 5 Live talking about the Japanese Moon landing.

19th January 2024 – Live on BBC TV News talking about the Japanese Moon landing, 8.20pm.

12th January 2024 – Live on BBC TV News talking about the discovery of the Big Ring in the sky by UCLan PhD student Alexia Lopez.

12th January 2024 – Pre-record for BBC North West Tonight talking about the discovery of the Big Ring in the sky by UCLan PhD student Alexia Lopez.

8th January 2024 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire & Cumbria talking with Nish about the Parker Solar Probe.

3rd January 2024 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking with Glen Hunt about what to look out for in space in 2024 (10.15am).


28th December 2023 – Live on BBC 5 Live Breakfast talking about Artemis 2 and other exciting launches to look out for in 2024 (7.55am).

14th December 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cumbria talking with Nish about the Geminid meteor shower and how best to watch it (2.20pm).

13th December 2023 – Written comments for a journalist at the I newspaper on “reasons to be optimistic in 2024” about what to look out for next year in space.

11th December 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire and BBC Radio Cumbria talking with Nish about the recent coronal hole that opened up on the Sun (4.20pm).

19th November 2023 – live on BBC 5 Live talking about the second test flight by SpaceX of their Starship rocket (8.55am).

19th October 2023 – live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking with Nish about the Orionid meteor shower this weekend and what we might see (if the clouds part long enough!) (4.20pm).

12th October 2023 – live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking with Leanne and Graham about yesterday’s Bennu first-look results press conference at NASA (9.25am).

8th October 2023 – live on BBC Radio Ulster talking with Steven Rainey about space junk, why the FCC fine was significant, why space junk is a problem, and what we can do about it (12.15pm, here’s the episode, scroll to 1h10m).

3rd October 2023 – pre-record for CBC’s As It Happens programme talking about the FCC fine for Dish Networks over their failure to move Echostar-7 to the intended disposal orbit.

3rd October 2023 – live on BBC TV News talking about the FCC fine for Dish Networks over their failure to move Echostar-7 to the intended disposal orbit (3.45pm).

3rd October 2023 – live on BBC 5 Live talking with Naga about the FCC fine for Dish Networks over their failure to move Echostar-7 to the intended disposal orbit (12.25pm).

3rd October 2023 – pre-record for BBC Word Service Newshour talking with James about the FCC fine for Dish Networks over their failure to move Echostar-7 to the intended disposal orbit (here’s the episode, audio also clipped on BBC website).

3rd October 2023 – live on BBC Radio 4 Today talking to Mishal Husain about the FCC fine for Dish Networks over their failure to move Echostar-7 to the intended disposal orbit (here’s the episode, 8.20am, comments also used in article on BBC News website).

22nd September 2023 – BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.52pm).

22nd September 2023 – live on BBC Radio Humberside talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.45pm).

22nd September 2023 – live on BBC Radio Leeds talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.38pm).

22nd September 2023 – live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.22pm).

22nd September 2023 – live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.15pm).

22nd September 2023 – live on BBC Radio Derby talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5.08pm).

22nd September 2023 – BBC Radio Berkshire talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth (5pm, pre-record).

22nd September 2023 – Pre-record for BBC Radio Scotland talking about OSIRIS-REx returning samples from asteroid Bennu to Earth.

11th September 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking with Nish about Comet Nishimura (4.10pm).

27th August 2023 – Part of the interview from BBC 5 Live, commentating on the Chandrayaan-3 landing earlier in the week, was selected for inclusion in BBC Radio 4’s Pick of the Week!  (here’s the episode)  Re-plays have also appeared on BBC Radio 2, and other BBC local radio stations around the country.

23rd August 2023 – Written comments on the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 for The Times (here’s the article – although it’s behind a paywall).

23rd August 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking with Nish about the landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon (2.05pm, here’s the episode).

23rd August 2023 – Live on BBC 5 Live commentating on the landing of Chandrayaan-3 on the Moon in real-time (1.25pm, here’s the episode).

13th August 2023 – Live on BBC TV News talking about the Perseid meteor shower (6.20pm).

8th August 2023 – Live on BBC TV News talking about NASA’s latest updates on the Artemis II mission, scheduled for late 2024 (8.40pm).

27th July 2023 – Live on BBC 5 Live (and BBC 2/BBC News) talking with Nicky Campbell, a panel of guests, and listeners about yesterday’s US Congressional hearing on UAPs (aka UFOs), 10-11am.

31st May 2023 – Pre-record talking with Joe on BBC Radio Lancashire about the plume coming from Enceladus as seen by JWST.

23rd May 2023 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive talking with Tony about SN2023ixf in M101, 5.50pm.

24th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio 4 talking to James Coomarasamy on The World Tonight about the aurora seen across the country last night, 10.25pm.

20th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Wales Drive talking to Gareth Lewis about the launch attempt (and rapid unscheduled disassembly) of SpaceX’s Starship, 5.50pm.

17th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Wales Drive talking to Gareth Lewis about the launch attempt of SpaceX’s Starship, 5.25pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 5.22pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.52pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Leeds talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.45pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Oxford talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.38pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio 3CR talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.30pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.22pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 4.08pm.

13th April 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Manchester talking about the postponed launch of JUICE, 3.45pm.

28th February 2023 – Live on The World Tonight on BBC Radio 4 talking with Julian Worricker about how to set a time standard for the Moon, 22.40pm (here’s the episode, skip to the last five minutes, just after the Pink Floyd intro!!!).

24th February 2023 – Live on BBC Wales Drive talking about the conjunction of Jupiter and Venus in the night sky, and how to watch as they come closer together over the next week or so, 5.50pm.

27th January 2023 – Live on BBC World News talking about the close encounter with asteroid 2023 BU overnight, 1.40pm GMT.

25th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Derby talking about the comet, 4.05pm.

25th January 2023Live on Good Morning Scotland on BBC Radio Scotland talking about comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) in the sky right now, 7.40am.

24th January 2023 – Live on the Today programme on BBC Radio 4 talking with Amol Rajan about comet C/2022 E3 (ZTF) in the sky right now, 8.56am (here’s the episode).

20th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.52pm.

20th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Leeds talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.38pm.

20th January 2023 – Live on BBC Three Counties Radio talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.30pm.

20th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.22pm.

20th January 2023 Live on BBC Radio West Midlands talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.15pm.

20th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Lincolnshire talking about the upcoming launch of ESA’s Juice mission to Jupiter, as well as the increase in light pollution, 5.08pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.52pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC West Midlands Radio talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.45pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Gloucester talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.38pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Three Counties Radio talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.30pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Leeds talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.22pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Wiltshire talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.15pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Derby talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 4.08pm.

10th January 2023 – Live on BBC Radio Manchester talking about last night’s Virgin Orbit launch attempt from Spaceport Cornwall, 3.45pm.


11th December 2022 – Live on Al Jazeera English talking about Orion and Artemis, 9.20pm.

11th December 2022 – Live on BBC World News TV (again!) talking about the landing of the Orion capsule, 5.45pm.

11th December 2022Live on BBC TV News talking about Artemis, today’s landing, and Apollo 17, 12.20am.

11th December 2022 – Live on BBC World News TV talking about Artemis, today’s landing, and Apollo 17, 12.10pm.

11th December 2022 – Live on BBC World Service radio talking about Artemis, today’s landing, and Apollo 17, 8.15am.

9th December 2022 – Pre-record (10pm) for BBC Radio 5 Live talking about Artemis.

9th December 2022 – Live on BBC CWR talking with Vic about Mars and what else you can see in the night sky at the moment, 11.40am.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Berkshire talking about Artemis and Orion, 1654.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Cambridgeshire talking about Artemis and Orion, 1645.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Wiltshire talking about Artemis and Orion, 1639.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Three Counties talking about Artemis and Orion, 1632.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester talking about Artemis and Orion, 1623.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Derby talking about Artemis and Orion, 1616.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Solent talking about Artemis and Orion, 1610.

22nd November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Cumbria talking about Artemis and Orion, 1604.

21st November 2022 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live talking to Colin Murray about Artemis 1 reaching the Moon earlier in the day.

21st November 2022 – Live on BBC TV News talking about the orbit insertion burn of Artemis 1 as it happened!

16th November 2022 – Spoke to Tony Livesey on BBC Radio 5 Live Drive about the launch of Artemis and the granting of a launch licence to Spaceport Cornwall (here’s the episode, skip to 1h42m).

16th November 2022 – Spoke to Nish on BBC Radio Lancashire about the launch of Artemis earlier this morning (here’s the episode).

21st October 2022 – Comments in an article in the Daily Express about JWST’s new view of the so-called “pillars of creation”.  Here’s the article.  (The comments were provided some time ago – I’m not RAS VP any more.)

27th September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live talking to Colin Murray (again!) about the results of the DART impact with Dimorphos (here’s the episode, skip to 1h38m).

27th September 2022 – Comments on Artemis  to the The Daily Mail.

26th September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live talking to Colin Murray about the upcoming DART impact with Dimorphos (here’s the episode, skip to 1h48m).

26th September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Wales talking to Gareth Lewis on Drive about the upcoming DART impact with Dimorphos (here’s the episode, skip to 32m).

20th September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live talking to Tony Livesey about the recording of a meteorite impacting Mars from NASA’s InSight mission (here’s the episode, skip to 55m).

4th September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio 5 Live talking to Eleanor Oldroyd and Greg McKenzie (at 7.20am!) about the aborted Artemis-1 launch attempt (here’s the episode, skip to 25m).

3rd September 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking to Shigufta Khan live on air about the upcoming Artemis-1 launch. (here’s the episode, skip to 2h50m).

1st September 2022 – Expert comment for the Lancashire Evening Post about a mystery fireball photographed over Preston (here’s the article).  Spoiler alert: it’s not aliens.

1st August 2022 – Live on BBC Radio Lancashire talking to Mike Stevens about the re-entry of the Chinese Long March rocket body over the weekend (here’s the episode, skip to 3h21m).

12th July 2022 – Live on BBC 5Live talking to Naga Munchetty about the JWST image, 12.45pm (here’s the episode, skip to the 1h43m in).

12th July 2022 – Live on BBC News Channel talking to Joanna Gosling about the first JWST image released overnight, 10.50am (here’s the image, and here’s the episode).

(Took a little break from media appearances for personal reasons.)

1st April 2022 – Spoke to Steven Crilley on FM4 Radio (Vienna) about the discovery of a star at z~6.

30th March 2022 – spoke to Evan Davis on BBC Radio 4’s PM programme about the discovery of a star at redshift 6.2 (here’s the Nature paper, and here’s the episode scroll to the last five minutes).

8th February 2022 – spoke to a journalist from the Daily Mail about the breakup of a SpaceX Falcon 9 second stage over Mexico.


4th February 2022 – Live on BBC 5 Live Drive talking about the new IAU Centre for the Protection of the Dark and Quiet Sky from Satellite Constellation Interference launched yesterday (here’s the episode).

28th December 2021 – Pre-record with Martin Geissler for BBC Scotland, talking about the two near misses earlier this year of the Chinese Space Station with SpaceX satellites.

24th December 2021 – Live on BBC News Channel & World Service talking to Christian Fraser about the imminent launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, 6.20pm.

23rd December 2021 – Another Daily Express article about the James Webb Space Telescope, focussing on the deployment (here’s the article).

13th December 2021 – Comments in a Daily Express article about the JWST and the exciting science it will be doing (here’s the article).

23rd November 2021 – Live on BBC News talking about the launch of DART to test asteroid deflection, 3.50pm.

8th November 2021 – Live on BBC News talking about the upcoming launch of the JWST, 8.50pm.

21st October 2021 – On air with Nish on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the Orionid meteor shower, and why it isn’t likely to be spectacular, 2.25pm (here’s the episode).

13th October 2021 – Live on air with Rick Edwards on BBC Radio Devon talking about William Shatner’s trip to space with Blue Origin, 6.20pm (here’s the episode).

5th October 2021 – Live on Outside Source on BBC World News talking to Ros Atkins about the Russian actor and director filming a movie on the International Space Station, 7.50pm (here’s the episode).

2nd October 2021 – On air with Oliver Hides on BBC Radio Wales Breakfast talking about BepiColombo’s first flyby of Mercury, 7.25am (here’s the episode).

7th July 2021 – On-air with Nish on BBC Radio Lancashire answering questions from listeners (45 minutes between ~2.15 and 3pm, here’s the episode).

24th June 2021 – On BBC OS on the World Service talking about the new results pinning down the epoch of cosmic dawn, 5.10pm (here’s the episode).

17th June 2021 – On TV on BBC World News talking about the launch of the first manned mission to China’s new space station, 12.45pm (here’s a clip on the BBC website).  Also did a pre-record for BBC World Service radio for broadcast on World Business Report at 2230GMT, and Business Matters after 1am (here’s the episode).

9th June 2021 – On air with Vic Minett on BBC CWR (Coventry & Warwickshire Radio) talking about the partial solar eclipse on June 10th, 11.15am.

22nd May 2021 – On air on Newshour on BBC World Service talking about China landing a rover on Mars on their first attempt.  Edited version also went out on BBC Radio 2, 5 Live, 6 Music, and about 30 local BBC radio stations.

7th May 2021 – On air on BBC World Service News talking about the imminent re-entry of the large Chinese rocket body and the possibilities of where it might land.

20th April 2021 – On air on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the first flight of the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars.

21st March 2021 – On air on Newshour on BBC World Service  talking about the close approach of asteroid 2001 FO32.

19th February 2021 – On air on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the landing of Perseverance on Mars.

18th February 2021 – Pre-recorded interview with the Press Association about the landing of Perseverance on Mars.


21st December 2020 – On air across the BBC talking about the conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn.  I spoke to BBC 5Live Breakfast at 6.55am, the Today programme on Radio 4 at 8.55am, I was on BBC News at 10.45am, and on Newshour on BBC World Service in the afternoon.  Quite a day!

1st December 2020 – On air with John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland, talking about the landing of China’s Chang’e-5 on the Moon and (bizarrely!) the nature of time.

1st December 2020 – On BBC TV News talking about the landing of China’s Chang’e-5 on the Moon.

27th October 2020 – On air with Richard and Anna on BBC Foyle breakfast, talking about the discovery of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

26th October 2020 – On air with Anna and Tony on 5 Live Drive, BBC Radio 5 Live, talking about the discovery of water on the sunlit surface of the Moon.

14th October 2020 – On air with John Beattie, BBC Radio Scotland, talking about the UK signing the Artemis Accords and NASA sending a woman to the Moon in 2024.

7th October 2020 – Pre-record for Dotun Adebayo on BBC 5Live, talking about the Draconid meteor shower (and how it isn’t going to be spectacular!).

12th August 2020 – On air with Anna and Tony on BBC 5 Live Drive, talking about the Perseid meteor shower and how to watch it.

12th August 2020 – On air with Brett Davison on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking about the Perseid meteor shower and how to watch it.

14th July 2020 – On air with Brett Davison on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking about comet Neowise and how to spot it.


28th October 2019 – Pre-recorded interview about the Moon for Jo Durrant’s Beautiful Universe on BBC Radio Gloucestershire.

26th March 2019 – On air on BBC 5 Live talking about why NASA’s planned all-female spacewalk couldn’t go ahead because of spacesuit sizes.

26th March 2019 – Pre record for Newsdrive on BBC Radio Scotland talking about why NASA’s planned all-female spacewalk couldn’t go ahead because of spacesuit sizes.

8th March 2019 – Live on BBC News TV talking about the successful landing of the SpaceX capsule from its first autonomous docking mission to the ISS.

22nd February 2019 – On air on Newsdrive on BBC Radio Scotland talking about Hayabusa 2 and the Israeli Moon mission launch.

22nd February 2019 – Live on BBC News TV talking about Hayabusa 2 and the Israeli Moon mission launch.

10th January 2019 – On air on BBC Three Counties Radio talking about the repeating FRB detected by CHIME.

10th January 2019 – Live on BBC News TV talking about the repeating FRB detected by CHIME.


27th November 2018 – Live on BBC News TV talking about the NASA’s InSight Mars lander.

26th November 2018 – On air on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the NASA’s InSight Mars lander.

27th July 2018 – On air on BBC Radio Lancashire talking about the lunar eclipse.

25 July 2018 – Pre-recorded interview for Channel 4 News about the Martian lake discovery (lead item that day!).

28th June 2018 – On the air with Brett Davison and Sally Naden on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking about how the Saddleworth Moor fires turned the Moon red over the North West this week.

20th June 2018 – On the air with Brett Davison and Sally Naden on BBC Radio Lancashire, talking about living on the Moon.

27th April 2018 – Comment for the Blackpool Gazette dismissing a “flat Earth” video of the Isle of Man from Blackpool beach.  Re-printed in the Lancashire Evening Post.

There were miscellaneous occasional appearances before this, but I didn’t make a note of them.