Sirius Astronomy brings astronomy to you. It aims to educate adults and children alike about astronomy and space science. Sirius Astronomy was set up to inspire a sense of awe and wonder about the universe, whilst also demystifying it and educating you. Sirius Astronomy was set up and is run by Paul Hill.
Paul has been passionate about astronomy since he was 8 years old and first looked through a telescope at Halley’s Comet. He was bitten by the bug and has spent the last three decades looking up. His first equipment purchase was a pair of 10×50 binoculars and a planisphere.
Paul is a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society (FRAS), co-presenter and writer of the popular Awesome Astronomy podcast, has appeared on BBC News and Radio to discuss a range of astronomy and space issues as well as being interviewed on The BBC’s The Sky At Night. He is also part of the team that runs the bi-annual, family friendly AstroCamp in the Brecon Beacons.
Paul is also a Space Ambassador for the European Space Education Resource Office (ESERO) working with the European Space Agency and UK Space Agency on space related education programmes in schools.
Paul likes to think of himself as a Renaissance man! His original degree is in History, but he then went on to study Natural Sciences and Astronomy as well. He loves art and spends a lot of time sketching the objects in the night sky and has been asked to exhibit his work in exhibition.
Paul is a qualified teacher (PGCE) of 18 years and has taught various subjects from History and Geography to Science and Maths. He has worked in a range of schools and his last post was in a West London Special Needs school.
Sirius Astronomy draws together Paul’s love of education and his love of astronomy. His mission is to take astronomy education into schools and the wider community, enthusing children and adults alike about the universe around us. He has been a regular performer at Camp Bestival, Big Bang Science Fairs, Camp Wildfire Festival as well as in schools, colleges and Universities around the country. He works regularly with Super/Collider and the Lumen art and gives talks and presentations to groups of all ages.