December 2018

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This month’s features:

2019: A Year of Celestial Wonders – what to view and image in the night sky over the next 12 months

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360° Vision – how to image panoramas of the night sky

– Apollo 8 – 50 years since humans first circumnavigated the Moon

Imaging for Science: Mars – how to take scientifically valuable astrophotos of the Red Planet

Dark-Sky Spain – a tour of some of Spain’s best astronomy sites

This month Jamie Carter reveals the best places in Spain to view the night skyCredit: Albanya Astronomical Observatory
This month Jamie Carter reveals the best places in Spain to view the night sky
Credit: Albanya Astronomical Observatory

Equipment reviews

6 of the Best: 10×50 binoculars, £100-£200

Celestron 114LCM computerised telescope

Bresser Messier AR-80/640

Online Bonus Content

We speak to astronomer Prof David Kipping, part of a team that may have just discovered the first exomoon

Watch an episode of The Sky at Night, featuring Tim Peake as a guest presenter, in which the team look at plans to build the UK’s first space port

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

Watch an episode of The Sky at Night in this month's Bonus Content, guest-presented by UK astronaut Tim Peake. The team look at plans to build the UK's first space port.
Watch an episode of The Sky at Night in this month’s Bonus Content, guest-presented by UK astronaut Tim Peake. The team look at plans to build the UK’s first space port.

Also this month:

Why are eyepieces important?

How to record the Geminid meteor shower

Image processingstitching together panorama photos

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 December Sky Guide featuring two bright comets, this month’s meteors, variable star Mira and the Pleiades.

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

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The latest astronomy books reviewed