Welcome to Nigel’s site!


Prof. Henbest!
Nigel has been appointed an Honorary Professor at the University of Dundee.

Nigel Henbest is an internationally acclaimed science populariser specialising in astronomy and space. His books and articles have been published around the world, and his TV productions have gained awards in Britain and in the US.

He’s also a Future Astronaut with Virgin Galactic, as he describes here:

Nigel was a founder of Pioneer Productions – one of the UK’s top  independent TV production companies, specialising in factual and scientific programming. His screen credits include BBC Television, Channel 4 (UK), Discovery Channel and ABC (Australia).

Now a freelance writer again, Nigel writes a regular column - with Heather Couper -  for The Independent, a leading UK daily newspaper. He has also been Astronomy Consultant to New Scientist magazine, Editor of the Journal of the British Astronomical Association, and Media Consultant to the Royal Greenwich Observatory. The International Astronomical Union has named asteroid 3795 “Nigel” in his honour.

Brian Marsden, Director of the Minor Planet Center, presents Nigel with asteroid 3795, in the historic Brooke Bar of the Pink and Lily pub!


Nigel prepares for space, in a weightless experience on board the Zero-G plane

Astronaut News

Nigel’s “Astronaut Diaries” has been published in New Scientist magazine, detailing his behind-the-scenes visit to The Spaceship Company, in Mojave, California, where the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo is being built; plus his Zero-G flight in the “Vomit Comet” (see video at the bottom of the lefthand panel)!


Nigel’s trip into space with Virgin Galactic should blast off in 2015.  Click here for the Sunday Telegraph‘s coverage of Nigel’s trip to Spaceport America, and here for more on Nigel’s dream to fly into space.



Latest News

 Stargazing 2015

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Our best-selling month-by-month guide to the night sky, Philip's Stargazing 2015, is  available at £6.99 in your local bookshop, or online from amazon.co.uk

From recent reviews of Stargazing 2014:

  • A brilliant set of monthly charts... for beginners and experienced observers alike!!
  • Well recommended; it's an absolute bargain!
  • Impressive 'photo of the month'
  • I bought this with my first telescope and it's a miracle