April 2014


The April 2014 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops now!


Here’s what’s inside the 116-pages and coverdisc.

Mars’s missing atmosphere… The greatest whodunnit of them all: we explore the mystery of the disappearing atmosphere.

Mars at opposition – The ultimate guide to veiwing and imaging the Red Planet as it comes to opposition.

– Dark skies recognised… How two more UK sites gained Dark Sky status.

Unlocking the secrets of light… How the humble spectroscope will lead the James Webb Space Telescope into a new era of astronomy.

Mosaicing the Moon – All you need to know to create your first lunar mosaic, from image acquisition to completion.

– Reviews: we review the Meade LX600-ACF 12-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain, the William Optics GTF 102 five-element astrograph and the QSI 683 WSG-8 CCD camera.

–  Watch an episode of The Sky at Night, print out our deep sky tour chart, read get started guides, print out observing forms to record your observations, watch astronomy videos and view your Hotshots pictures on the coverdisc.

– Guides covering how to capture an image of the crescent of Venus, sketch Saturn and observe the lunar crater Taruntius.

The world’s biggest and best skyguide to what you can see in the night skies in February including the Deep-Sky Tour of deep sky objects in the November night skies.

– The monthly Bulletin pages which bring you up to date on all the latest astronomical news as well as Cutting Edge analysis articles which highlight brand new research.

– 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 (also with astronomy related tv & radio listings.)

Hotshots – this month’s pick of your very best astrophotos

– Beautiful new images from space in Eye on the Sky.


– The latest astronomy books reviewed.