May 2019














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Inside this month's issue:


- The silent Sun - are sunspots really in decline?

- Deep sky, dark forest - we visit Northumberland's Kielder Observatory

- A buyer's guide to telescopes: Part 2 - the best accessories to enhance your stargazing sessions

- Apollo 10 - the story of NASA's test mission for the Moon landing


Is the Sun approaching a trough in its 11-year cycle of activity? Dr Lucie Green explores the science of our host star in this month's issue.
Credit: Solar Dynamics Observatory, NASA.


Equipment reviews

Altair Starwave ASCENT 102ED f/7 refractor telescope

ZWO ASlair smart Wi-Fi ASI120MM Mini camera and 30F4 Mini guidescope



Online Bonus Content

Turn to page 5 of this month's issue for details of how to access the Bonus Content.

Watch a classic episode of The Sky at Night from 1973 in which Patrick steps on board the cruise ship Monte Umbe with Commander Henry Hatfield for a spot of navigational astronomy.

Pete Lawrence and Paul Abel guide us through May's night skies in the Virtual Planetarium.

We speak to NASA scientist Carey Lisse about the latest results from New Horizons' flyby at the Kuiper Belt.


Commander Henry Hatfield shows Patrick how celestial objects can be used to navigate in a 1973 episode of The Sky at Night. Watch this classic episode as part of this month's Bonus Content.


Also this month:

  • An introduction to solar astronomy
  • How to build a portable sundial
  • High-resolution lunar imaging
  • Create your own cylindrical map of Jupiter

Monthly Bulletin pages bring you up to date with all the latest astronomical news, as well as Cutting Edge revealing the highlights from brand new research

Our May Sky Guide featuring asteroids, the Eta Aquariid meteor shower, Mars and M35.

Our Scope Doctor answers your technical kit questions

Interactive: your letters, tweets, forum posts and readers’ scopes

Gear – a round up of the latest astronomical accessories

What’s On listings – find out what astronomy events are on near you

Gallery - this month's pick of your very best astrophotos

Beautiful new images from space in Eye on the Sky

The latest astronomy books reviewed


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