Events

The latest astronomy events from around the country.

News
Spacecraft commences first of 22 dives between Saturn and its rings
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has spent 13 years studying Saturn and its moons, and is now...
Gravitationally lensed type Ia supernova observed 4 billion lightyears away
Using a galaxy located two billion lightyears from Earth as a sort of cosmic magnifying class,...
Newly discovered planet orbiting red dwarf could be rocky with an atmosphere
A newly-discovered exoplanet just 40 lightyears from Earth could be the best candidate we know of...
An asteroid the size of Gibraltar passed by the Earth on 19 April, and will continue to grow in...
The planet is the second furthest known body in our planetary group
The newest observations from ALMA have confirmed that the Solar System object 2014 UZ224 is a dwarf...
The patch is similar in size to the Great Red Spot
Jupiter may have been hiding a second great spot for over a thousand years. New images from the...
Pay tribute to the hot rocky planet with our spherical cake
Pay tribute to the rocky planet Mercury with Katharine Kilgour's spherical cake, complete with...
Gravitational lensing has allowed astronomers to spy on a 'typical' galaxy as it was in the...
Jon Powell on the importance of a good site for clear skies and clean shoes
When selecting your observing site, looking down is as important as looking up, writes Jon Powell....
Transient remnants of stellar collision could explain how star growth is stunted
The remnants of a collision between two infant stars has been captured by ALMA. The beautiful...
Columnists

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A survey of solar eclipses, written for readers of all levels

The history of Moonwatch – the satellite-tracking programme

The Soviet side of the Moon race

Equipment Review

Browse through our ever-growing archive of telescope and equipment reviews from the magazine.

Celestron Echelon 16x70 binoculars
Magazine verdict: 4/5
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Sky-Watcher AZ-EQ5GT mount
Magazine verdict: 4/5
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Blogs
Tue Apr 18, 2017 12:21pm

That new reflector, equatorial mount or CCD planetary imaging camera may be top of your 'to buy' list, but it makes sense to pay attention to the smaller pieces of kit, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

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Thu Apr 06, 2017 10:39am

A new documentary looks at the unsung heroes of Apollo: the mathematicians and engineers who worked at Mission Control to bring their comrades safely back to Earth.

Tue Mar 21, 2017 10:48am

Beginners to astronomy nowadays have much to be thankful for, writes BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money.

You can subscribe to BBC Sky at Night Magazine in print and digital, or click here for individual digital issues.

 

Poll

What's your favourite type of telescope to observe with?

As an astronomer you're spoilt for choice when it comes to making a descision on what kind of telescope to observe with. But which type gives you the most pleasure?

 

Astronomy for Beginners

Here’s where you’ll find observing guides, how-to articles and great astronomy hints and tips. Don’t forget to also check out our comprehensive astronomy dictionary.

How to build a star simulator
'How To' Guide

Misaligned mirrors are one of the common causes of reduced image quality in reflecting telescopes, but one that can be solved with collimation. In this project, we’ll show you how to make a star simulator, a device that can be used within the home to both check and correct the collimation of a reflector so you’re able to make the most of your observing sessions.

Written by Kim Clark

Catch breathtaking stills and videos that show the Earth’s spin
'How To' Guide

Catch breathtaking stills and videos that show the Earth’s spin.

Written by Mary Spicer.

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