Mark has been one of the presenters on the RTS nominated show Stargazing LIVE, which is now in its fourth year and has inspired in excess of 4 million viewers to get out and enjoy the night sky. He is also a specialist presenter on This Morning and a regular on Radio Five Live, Five News, BBC News as well as Ch4 documentaries. When not working in TV or Radio shows he is most likely to be writing about it or studying it. Mark’s successful first book ‘A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos’, which revolutionised the public understanding of our universe, was published in January 2013 and was followed by two Philips astronomy titles. His fourth book ‘A Space Traveller’s Guide to the Solar System’ is due for publication in April this year. In addition Mark can be seen on yahoo.com explaining the peculiarities of weather in a series of on-line films commissioned by Yahoo and demystifying astronomy on the TV programme This Morning.
You will often find him zooming in, on or through the sky as not only is Mark an enthusiastic astronomer but he is also a qualified pilot. Born in Norfolk, he has had a fascination with all things in the sky ever since he was a small boy.
Mark has been a contributor on the Sky at Night and The Culture Show and now enjoys bringing the beauty of the night sky down to Earth through many different outlets. His first book ‘A Down to Earth Guide to the Cosmos’ presents the universe to the reader in a way never done before. Embracing social networking media, Mark ‘tweets’ regularly with tens of thousands of followers and he is now working with a number of agencies on some exciting new projects for the coming years.
At the age of 10 he got his first view through a telescope; Saturn, rings and all, hanging there against a velvet black sky. It was for real, not a picture in a book, another world billions of miles away. It ignited a passion that has stayed with him ever since. As an astronomy populariser, he has been keen to show a new, enthusiastic and fresh face to the public and to that end has, for the last 20 years, lectured on a vast array of astronomical subjects from the Moon to Black Holes and the end of the Universe. His research interests have chiefly centred on deep space, the study of stars exploding at the end of their lives, and of distant galaxies believed to host super-massive black holes in their cores.
In his quest to show us a new image of astronomers, Mark, who is now President of Norwich Astronomical Society, has worked extensively with local media from newspaper, to radio and TV, and his articles have been published in Astronomy Now, the national astronomy magazine. His enthusiastic outreach work and contemporary image led him to serving on the Council of the Royal Astronomical Society and speaking at many national events including the National Astronomy Meeting in 2011.