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BRIAN JONES hails from Bradford in the West Riding of Yorkshire and was a founder member of the Bradford Astronomical Society. He developed a fascination with astronomy at the age of five when he first saw the stars through a pair of binoculars, although he spent the first part of his working life developing a career in mechanical engineering. However, his true passion lay in the stars and his interest in astronomy took him into the realms of writing sky guides for local newspapers, appearing on local radio and television, teaching astronomy and space in schools and, in 1985, leaving engineering to become a full time astronomy and space writer. He has penned 17 books to date which have covered a range of astronomy and space-related topics for both children and adults. His journalistic work includes writing articles and book reviews for several astronomy magazines as well as for many general interest magazines, newspapers and periodicals. His passion for bringing an appreciation of the universe to his readers is reflected in his writing.

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