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Nick James

I'm the Director of the Comet Section and the former BAA Papers Secretary and have been interested in astronomy for as long as I can remember, certainly since the age of 8. I joined the BAA when I was 12 (in 1974) and still have the letter from Rossie Atwell.  I am also an Assistant Editor of The Astronomer Magazine. Over the years I have written many articles for magazines and books, and co-authored "Observing Comets" which was published in 2003 as part of Sir Patrick Moore’s Practical Astronomy series.

Professionally, I am an engineer in the space industry, leading a team responsible for implementing highly sensitive and accurate systems for receiving and processing signals from deep-space spacecraft. I am also a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) ambassador and am keen to encourage more young people to consider science and engineering as a career.

In addition to all of this I spend quite a bit of time and money travelling around the world, often to see astronomical phenomena. As an eclipse chaser I have seen 15 total solar eclipses and have led trips to see the northern lights under dark skies.

I have a Youtube channel here where you will find a lot of my eclipse videos and other stuff. I also post photos on my Flickr site here. I also operate a couple of meteor cameras and the data from them is here.

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2019 Oct 23

07:44 UTC

Here's a short animation of minor NEO 162082 (1998 HL1)  from last night. It was mag 13.4 and moving at almost 18 arcsec/min. These are 10s exposures. 33x22 arcmin field, N up.

2019 Oct 22

07:07 UTC

My cameras picked up a few Orionids during a break in the clouds this morning. The SE cam video is here. Maximum is tonight. It looks as if there may be some cloud breaks.

2019 Oct 10

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2019 Sep 29

22:57 UTC

Finally got around to editing my video of the 2019 July 2nd Total Solar Eclipse. It is on youtube here.

2019 Sep 14

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2019 Jul 28


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