Are you new to the whole podcasting thing?
The Tonight's Sky podcast is like a very small television network that broadcasts shows over the Internet. Thanks to podcasting, our shows are available to watch anywhere as long as you have a portable video player (video iPod, PDA, certain cell phones, or other similar devices). You can also watch our podcasts on your computer.
Watch on your computer
The easiest way to watch Tonight's Sky is on your computer. All you need is a Web browser (you're using one now to see this page — examples are Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox) and Adobe's free Flash Player plug-in. Almost every computer operating system (Windows, Mac OS X, Linux/UNIX) can use Adobe's Flash player. In addition to Flash, our shows can be downloaded and watched online in Windows Media and Apple QuickTime formats (you'll need special player software for those formats), as well as the open standard format Xvid.
Tonight's Sky to go
If you'd like to have the latest Tonight's Sky show delivered automatically to your computer upon its release, or you want to watch the show on a portable video player, then you must install podcasting software. The orange RSS icons link to a special file, called an "RSS feed," that podcasting software understands. The page isn't meant for you to read. It's just a lot of computer programming code.
How to subscribe to RSS Feeds:
First, download an RSS or podcast viewer. Next, most podcasting applications need you to cut and paste the appropriate link into their subscription form. Our video podcast is available in three different formats, so you can choose the one that works best with your video device.
If you will be watching the show on an iPod, portable video device or computer screen, choose a file with the size 640x360. Television viewers should choose the 1280x720 size.
If you are unsure which RSS feed is correct, review your video player's documentation to see what kind of formats it supports. Once you configure your podcasting software, it will automatically retrieve our latest shows.
Need more information about podcasting and what software to use?
Numerous podcasting applications are available, but choosing one may take some research. The Wikipedia Web site has a good overview of podcasting and can point you in the direction of available podcasting applications. Wikipedia is a collaborative Internet encyclopedia and is not affiliated with HubbleSite.org.