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The Sky Above Us with James Albury

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The Sky Above Us with James Albury
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2021 promotional poster
StarringJames C. Albury (Host 2020–present)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes43
Production locationsGainesville, Florida
Camera setupGreen Screen
Running time5 minutes
Original networkYouTube
Original releaseFebruary 26, 2020 (2020-02-26) –
present (present)

The Sky Above Us with James Albury is a short American astronomy show hosted by James Albury, director of the Kika Silva Pla Planetarium at Santa Fe College.[1] Each episode is approximately five minutes in length; and, a new episode is released every two or three weeks. Prior to hosting this series, Albury had spent eight years co-hosting the long-running PBS astronomy series, Star Gazers. The series is produced at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida.

James Albury announced the launch of the astronomy series on his Facebook fan page. In a post dated January 16, 2020, Albury reported that the first episode, March of the Planets!, had been recorded earlier that same day. In that same post, Albury stated that the new series would debut during the last week of February in 2020. The first episode was released online on February 26, 2020.


The Sky Above Us is an educational series which describes upcoming celestial events. Although the show is aimed at the general public, it also contains information which might be of interest to experienced amateur astronomers. The program teaches viewers how to locate constellations and stars in the sky and presents interesting facts about celestial objects.

Due the quarantining efforts during the 2020 outbreak of the SARS-Cov2 virus, an animated version of James Albury was used for 7 episodes (2020-05 "So Long Comet Atlas" through 2020-12 "Center of the Galaxy").

In an April 19, 2020 post on the show's Facebook fan page, James Albury said that the show's theme song was Elastic Vibe from the album, Possible Light by Ziv Moran.

On April 1, 2021, as part of an 'April Fools Day' prank, James Albury posted on the show's Facebook fan page a rant that he was giving up on Astronomy and changing sciences. He followed the rant with a link to the episode Karst! which focused on Geology, rather than the usual Astronomical topics.


# # Title Directed by Written by Release date
1#2020-01"March of the Planets"--James C. AlburyFebruary 26, 2020 (2020-02-26)
2#2020-02"Planetary Buzz By"--James C. AlburyMarch 18, 2020 (2020-03-18)
3#2020-03"Leo has Arrived"--James C. AlburyApril 1, 2020 (2020-04-01)
4#2020-04"Bye-bye Gemini"--James C. AlburyApril 15, 2020 (2020-04-15)
5#2020-05"So Long Comet ATLAS"--James C. AlburyMay 6, 2020 (2020-05-06)
6#2020-06"Venus, Vega and Vindemiatrix!"--James C. AlburyMay 21, 2020 (2020-05-21)
7#2020-07"Let's Go Planet Hunting!"--James C. AlburyJune 3, 2020 (2020-06-03)
8#2020-08"Season Reason"--James C. AlburyJune 20, 2020 (2020-06-20)
9#2020-09"The Morning Star!"--James C. AlburyJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
10#2020-10"Comet NEOWISE"--James C. AlburyJuly 18, 2020 (2020-07-18)
11#2020-11"Moons, Mars and Meteors!"--James C. AlburyAugust 8, 2020 (2020-08-08)
12#2020-12"The Center of the Galaxy"--James C. AlburyAugust 25, 2020 (2020-08-25)
13#2020-13"The Two Horses"--James C. AlburySeptember 14, 2020 (2020-09-14)
14#2020-14"Martian Opposition"--James C. AlburyOctober 1, 2020 (2020-10-01)
15#2020-15"The Blue Pumpkin Moon"--James C. AlburyOctober 14, 2020 (2020-10-14)
16#2020-16"The Leonid Meteor Shower"--James C. AlburyOctober 30, 2020 (2020-10-30)
17#2020-17"The Return of Orion"--James C. AlburyNovember 20, 2020 (2020-11-20)
18#2020-18"The Great Conjunction of 2020"--James C. AlburyDecember 2, 2020 (2020-12-02)
19#2021-01"Happy 2021"--James C. AlburyJanuary 1, 2021 (2021-01-01)
20#2021-02"Mercury and Mars"--James C. AlburyJanuary 15, 2021 (2021-01-15)
21#2021-03"Follow the Drinking Gourd"--James C. AlburyFebruary 15, 2021 (2021-02-15)
22#2021-04"Planetary Spring Fling!"--James C. AlburyMarch 1, 2021 (2021-03-01)
23#2021-05"Leo the Lion"--James C. AlburyMarch 15, 2021 (2021-03-15)
24#2021-06"Karst!"--James C. AlburyApril 1, 2021 (2021-04-01)
25#2021-07"The Moon, Mars and Meteors: Part 2"--James C. AlburyApril 2, 2021 (2021-04-02)
26#2021-08"The Red Flower Super Moon 2021"--James C. AlburyApril 30, 2021 (2021-04-30)
27#2021-09"Solstice"--James C. AlburyJune 16, 2021 (2021-06-16)
28#2021-10"When Love and War Meet"--James C. AlburyJuly 12, 2021 (2021-07-12)
29#082021-001"Astronomy Apps for your Android Smartphone"--James C. AlburyAugust 9, 2021 (2021-08-09)
30#2021-11"The Northern Crown"--James C. AlburyAugust 27, 2021 (2021-08-27)
31#2021-11a"September 12–19, 2021"--James C. AlburySeptember 12, 2021 (2021-09-12)
32#2021-12"The Stars of Star Trek"--James C. AlburyOctober 7, 2021 (2021-10-07)
33#2021-12a"Planet Moon Triangle"--James C. AlburyOctober 14, 2021 (2021-10-14)
34#2021-13"Shadow Dancer"--James C. AlburyNovember 3, 2021 (2021-11-03)
35#2021-14"Mars, the Moon, and Antares"--James C. AlburyDecember 21, 2021 (2021-12-21)
36#2022-01"Happy 2022!"--James C. AlburyJanuary 1, 2022 (2022-01-01)
37#2022-02"Benjamin Banneker"--James C. AlburyFebruary 1, 2022 (2022-02-01)
38#2022-BTS"Behind the Scenes"--James C. AlburyMarch 24, 2022 (2022-03-24)
39#2022-04"Meeting of the Planets (Part 1)"--James C. AlburyApril 3, 2022 (2022-04-03)
40#2022-05"Meeting of the Planets (Part 2)"--James C. AlburyApril 26, 2022 (2022-04-26)
41#2022-06"The Night of the Red Moon"--James C. AlburyMay 4, 2022 (2022-05-04)
42#2022-07"Jupiter, Mars and the Tau Herculids"--James C. AlburyMay 28, 2022 (2022-05-28)
43#2022-08"Day Star Day"--James C. AlburyJune 18, 2022 (2022-06-18)
44#2022-03"The Tale of Two Doggies"--James C. AlburyAugust 1, 2022 (2022-08-01)

Audio Podcast

In addition to the short online television episodes, James Albury and Professor Andy Sheppard also cohosted a series of The Sky Above Us audio podcasts. Each episode of the audio podcast series was approximately half an hour in length.

# # Title Directed by Written by Release date
1#2020-01"Genesis"--TBASeptember 20, 2020 (2020-09-20)
2#2020-02"Martian Opposition"--TBAOctober 10, 2020 (2020-10-10)
3#2020-03"Glowing Europa"--TBANovember 11, 2020 (2020-11-11)

See also


  1. ^ "James C. Albury". Santa Fe College. Retrieved February 1, 2020.

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