An astronomer since childhood, Howard was inspired by the space race in the 1960s and has been teaching astronomy since 1985. He is a founder member and former chairman of the IOM Astronomical Society. Howard was elected as a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society in 2013, recognising his work in education and outreach.
In 2009, Howard hosted a live link with the International Space Station, speaking with US astronaut Nicole Stott. In recent years he has designed astronomically themed stamps, marketed throughout the world. In 2013, Howard established an astronomy consultancy company, AstroManx, and obtained Dark Skies discovery status for 26 sites throughout the Isle of Man. He regularly appears on local TV and radio and hosts a monthly astronomy radio programme, and writes a monthly column for a local publication. In 2013 he appeared on the BBC’s Songs of Praise talking about the Star of Bethlehem. and earlier this year Howard appeared on BBC TV promoting the Island's Dark Skies sites. He spends much of his time lecturing on astronomy throughout the Island, the UK and throughout the world on cruise ships.