This month's features:

- Splendours of Spring - six projects to help you enjoy spring's night sky.


- When Ice Erupts - exploring the Solar System's ice volcanoes

- Seize the Night - a buyers' guide to astro-friendly lighting

- An American Imaging Adventure - astrophotography with an historic US scope

- Touched by Genius - a tribute to John Wall, inventor of the Crayford Focuser, who passed away in January

- Looking for God? - science and faith are not incompatable, say the priests at Vatican Observatory

Equipment reviews

Sky-Watcher StarGate-500P SynScan Dobsonian

Canon EOS M100 camera

Opticron Oregon Observation 20x80 binos

Online Bonus Content

Watch our video interview with Dr Elinor Gates, an astronomer at the historic James Lick Obsertvatory in California.

Download an audio and a PDF excerpt from Michio Kaku's new book.

The Sky at Night team explore the mysterious interstellar object known as 'Oumuamua.

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

Also this month

Star catalogues explained in The Guide

How to measure Jupiter's Great Red Spot

Image processing - reduce the thermal noise in your astrophotos

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 April Sky Guide featuring Mars, Saturn and the 'teapot', Jupiter's extra 'moom' and the Lyrid meteor shower.

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

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


Iain Todd BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.