This blog is written by Steve Owens, planetarium manager, freelance science communicator, writer, astronomer, and skeptic, and author of Stargazing for Dummies. I run the planetarium at Glasgow Science Centre , and was the UK Manager for the International Year of Astronomy 2009 in the UK for two years, during which time I helped establish the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park in Galloway, Scotland, and sat on the Dark Sky Discovery steering group. I have since then helped five other sites in the UK become International Dark Sky Places.
I was presented with the Federation of Astronomical Societies 2010 award for Outstanding Achievement in Astronomy, and the Campaign for Dark Skies 2010 award for Efforts in Dark Sky Preservation. I was also short-listed for the UK Space Conference’s 2010 Arthur Clarke award. I was a 2011 Winston Churchill Traveling Fellow.