Nigel writes a regular column - with Heather Couper - for The Independent, a leading UK daily newspaper, and also a guide to the night sky in the award-winning monthly science magazine BBC Focus.
Previously he has been Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory.
Brian Marsden, Director of the Minor Planet Center, presents Nigel with asteroid 3795, in the historic Brooke Bar of the Pink and Lily pub!
In 2006, the International Astronical Union named asteroid 3795 "Nigel" in his honour.
He has also signed up as an astronaut with Virgin Galactic, and will fly into space in 2014.
Click here for the Sunday Telegraph's coverage of Nigel's recent trip to Spaceport America, and here for more on Nigel's dream to fly into space.
You can watch an in-depth interview with Nigel here.
2013 Eclipse Cruise
Nigel and Heather are the expert astronomers on an amazing cruise
to observe a stunning total eclipse of the Sun on 3 November 2013. Along with ace comet-discoverer Alan Hale, we'll be on board the mega-yacht Seadream II
, sailing from Lisbon to Barbados. More details here
- book your place