Events

The latest astronomy events from around the country.

News
Results show discrepancy between apparent density and the mass of material
Studies of Saturn’s B ring have shown little correlation between how opaque or dense certain...
Geological study of moon rocks provides evidence for lunar formation story
The Moon is the product of a violent, head-on collision between Earth and a planetary embryo called...
Study offers explanation for existence of young stars in older clusters
The presence of different generations of stars within the same globular cluster could be explained...
Kennedy Space Center's memorial to the astronauts who lost their lives
Thirty years ago today, on 28 January 1986, Space Shuttle Challenger launched from Kennedy Space...
Study shows relationship between dark matter density and cluster structure
It has long been inferred by astronomers that the heavier a galaxy cluster is, the more dark matter...
Mysterious invisible 'lenses' observed varying quasar radio waves
A study of the Milky Way has revealed invisible structures shaped like ‘noodles’ could...
Contender for new Solar System member thought to be Neptune-like gas giant
Since the declassification of Pluto in 2006, our Solar System has been considered an eight-planet...
Discovery could provide vital link in the evolution of supermassive black holes
The use of radio telescopes is helping astronomers at the National Astronomical Observatory of...
Astronauts bring space station back to full working capacity
Tim Peake has become the first ESA-sponsored British astronaut to complete a spacewalk during a...
Supermassive black hole's feeding frenzy creates turbulence in galactic gas
Turbulence caused by a supermassive black hole at the centre of a galaxy is causing ionised gas to...
Columnists

Here’s where you’ll find articles by our columnists including Sir Patrick Moore, Maggie Aderin-Pocock and Keith Hopcroft.

One of the Moon's lesser-known features comes under Patrick's scrutiny

Patrick looks at one of the Moon's most picturesque features, the Bay of Rainbows

Aridaeus is a small impact crater surrounded by rills systems

Equipment Review

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

Blogs
Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:03pm

This month's kit has left BBC Sky at Night Magazine reviews editor Paul Money in awe of new technologies that continue to improve how we view and image the sky.

Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:43am

The new year brings with it much to make astronomers happy, writes Paul Money: new Stargazing LIVE, a new calendar of observing and, most importantly, newcomers to astronomy!

Thu Nov 26, 2015 12:30pm

Yesterday evening the Great Hall in the Wills Memorial Building, University of Bristol, was packed as a full house gathered for the inaugural Colin Pillinger Memorial Talk, entitled ‘An Hour On The Moon’.

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 tabletop tracking mount
'How To' Guide
This project is a simple tabletop mount that can track the apparent movement of the stars, which allows you to increase exposure times and capture more light with your camera.
 
Written by Mark Parish.
How to keep warm when observing
'How To' Guide

Winter nights provide a wealth of observing treasures, but they come at a price: sub-zero temperatures. Here’s how to beat the cold to enjoy the sky.

Written by Grant Privett.

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