When I watch a space-related movie or TV show, I'm always looking in the background to see what props and set dressings are used. Sometimes production companies ask us for permission, sometimes they don't. When the movie Contact was being made, the producers asked for some items that they might use. They even created a fake cover of Sky & Telescope that featured Jodie Foster's Ellie Arroway as an up-and-coming professional astronomer.The cover wasn't used in the movie (we have the prop now) but other items were, including a copy of Sky Catalogue 2000.0, which can be seen on the headboard shelf in the bedroom scene. I guess reading a star catalog can help cure insomnia?
More recently, I'm almost positive that I saw Sky Atlas 2000.0 on Battlestar Galactica two weeks ago. Scattered among the papers on a table that encompassed Baltar's notes about how the ragtag fugitive fleet could find Earth were a few pages of what looked like the white-on-black Field Edition of Sky Atlas.
And on Monday I saw another prop on TV that I was familiar with. Although it wasn't astronomical, it had a celestial relation. On the eighth episode of Heroes on NBC, a character entered his late father's office. On the desk was a crystal with a glowing DNA molecule. I recognized the sculpture as the work of Bathsheba Grossman, who has created many fascinating glass and metal artworks. One of her globular star clusters glows two feet away from my head by my desk at work.