The December 2014 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops now!
Here’s what’s inside the 108-pages and coverdisc.
– The advent calendar observing challenge… We’ve got new sights for each night up to Christmas – can you catch them all.
– The rebirth of Kepler – Take a look at the new mission for NASA’s reinvigorated space scope.
– Direct to low-Earth orbit… The future craft that will journey to the ISS.
– Capturing a comet’s heart… ESA’s Rosetta project scientist tells us what to expect after Philae descends to its comet.
Dawn of the superscopes – The next generation of telescopes.
– Reviews: we review the Celestron Cosmos 90GT Wi-Fi telescope, the Olivon 10×50 QB binoculars and the Starry Nights Pro Plus 7 planetarium software.
– 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.