My name’s Adam, I’m somewhere in my 40s, living in the UK (near Nottingham - the home of Robin Hood). I’ve a beautiful wife, a teenage daughter and twin boys of pre-school age.
And Love The Night Sky is my astronomy blog.
I think I should clear up from the get go that I am no astronomy expert!
I have though, been a fan of astronomy since my childhood.
Even now, I have vivid memories of coming home from school aged about 10 and impressing my mum with my new-found ability to list (in the correct order, no less) the nine - as it was then - planets in our solar system.
I less vividly, because I was a little groggy at the time, recall jumping from my bed at some point in the night to the thrilling discovery of Halley’s comet blurring past my bedroom window. I was only 12 at the time, so you can see the excitement I had bubbling inside me to wake in the middle of the night just to see it! (I don’t mind telling you that I’m a little gutted that I’ll likely be dead at it’s next scheduled appearance.)
One frosty Christmas night, maybe 25 years ago, I stood outside the backdoor of our house with my brand new refractor and pointed it at the moon. I recall catching my breath and the stunning view of craters presented to me that night through the eyepiece.
Not long after, I was even thrilling my otherwise disinterested younger sister with the stunning rings of Saturn.
I’ve owned a small refractor ever since then - but it’s spent more years living in the attic than out of it - and a collection of old astronomy books which I love for their miraculous photography and incomprehensible scales of time, size and distance.
The truth is that I have let this passion be relegated to interesting programmes like Horizon or anything with Professor Brian Cox, whilst my life has been filled with work and family.
Well, the time has come for me to make a commitment to pursue with a renewed vigour this childhood passion of mine.
I want my children to grow up with that excitement of seeing spectacular views, or hunting down their first galaxy; my oldest is not too long until she flies the nest altogether, and the boys are not too long before they'll be able to look through a telescope without wanting to eat it, so it really is high time I got a wriggle on!
The device to keep me on the straight-and-narrow with that aim is this blog.
It is here, in Love the Night Sky, that I will document what I do and learn, as well as where, how and with whom I learn it.
So, yes, this blog is very much for anyone in (or who has been in) the same amateur boat as I’m paddling today - but it is also very much for me:
To get the very best out of a hobby that brought me great joy over 30 years ago as a keen, inquisitive child, and - I truly believe - will do again, and to share that captivating excitement with the special young people in my life.
I hope you enjoy the journey as much as I expect to.
PS: I'm also a keen backpacker and hiker, which you can read more about over on my other website Love the Wilderness.