August 2016

SKY AT NIGHT August 2016

The August 2016 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is in the shops now!


Inside this month’s issue:

The best breaks in the Solar System – this issue comes with a free collection of retro-style postcards looking ahead to the future of space tourism

Peeling Back the Layers – how to view and image the Sun with amateur kit in three wavelengths: white light, hydrogen-alpha, calcium K

Travel the Solar System – imagining the holiday opportunities future space tourism will bring

Embracing the Moon’s Draw – how to get started sketching our lunar companion

Returning to Venus – the past and future missions changing our perception of Earth’s ‘evil twin’

Two Sides of the Same Coin – why the lines between astronomers and engineers are becoming increasingly blurred

Reviews: Bresser Messier MC-152 Maksutov-Cassegrain, Altair Astro Starwave 6-inch achromat refractor, Astrel Instruments AST8300-A-M-FW standalone CCD camera

– Access the Bonus Content for our interview with NASA planetary sciences director Jim Green, who talks about the past, present and future of Venus exploration.

Plus, June’s The Sky at Night episode, Tim Peake’s post-landing interview with ESA, August’s Virtual Planetariumdeep-sky tour chart, binocular tourobserving forms and Hotshots and Eye On The Sky picture galleries.

Understanding astronomical filters in The Guide

Build an all-sky camera enclosure

Image processingan IAPY winner’s approach to the Moon

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 August Sky Guide featuring the Perseid meteor shower and the planets appearing at dusk this month

– 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


What I Really Want To Know Is – did the giant planets form closer to the Sun?