Hannah Kate

poet, short story writer and editor based in Manchester

North Manchester FM: A Helping of History, Tuesday 20 August, 12-2pm

Join me on Tuesday at 12 on North Manchester FM for a truly stellar Helping of History! We’ll be reaching for the stars, as I take a look at some stories of North Manchester astronomy.

I’m going to be talking about three interesting astronomical events – the 1639 transit of Venus, the 1851 solar eclipse, and the 1858 occultation of Saturn – and, more importantly, how these events were witnessed in North Manchester. Of course, this means taking a look at some of the North Manc men who’ve reached for the stars. Broughton’s William Crabtree, one of only two people to observe the 1639 transit of Venus, is probably the best known. But I’ll also be talking a bit about Cheetham Hill’s Joseph Baxendell, once the official astronomer to Manchester Corporation, who constructed the Crumpsall Observatory with his friend Robert Worthington. From their telescope in Crumpsall, Baxendell and Worthington witnessed a number of phenomena, including the occultation of Saturn. Find out more on Tuesday’s show!

In addition to my astronomical theme, I’ll also be taking my usual look through Yesterday’s Papers.

Catch the show on Tuesday at 12 on 106.6FM (if you’re in the North Manchester area) or listen online (if you’re further afield).

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