February 2011

February 2011 issue in shops tomorrow!
The February 2011 issue of Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops next week!
Here’s what’s inside the jam-packed 108-pages and coverdisc of the UK’s best selling astronomy magazine.
Mysteries of the Milky Way…the quest to unlock the greatest secrets of our home Galaxy
Patrick Moore pays homage to one of the finest constellations in the winter sky: Orion.
Solar System storms, we look at some of the Solar System’s most impressive storms from whirling dust storms to violent vortices.
– Reviews: we review the Orion 10-inch f/8 Ritchey-Chrétien in First Light and four astro planning programs in our Group Test.
Star pupils – the number of children taking GCSE astronomy is on the rise. We investigate what’s behind the surge of interest in schools.
Beginners’ guide to…eyepieces
– 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.
– We show you how to clean a refractor
– An article on how to see the Northern Lights from the UK.
Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2011 – cameras ready? It’s that time of year again…
– Guides covering how to create a lunar mosaic, sketch Hubble’s Variable Nebula and observe the lunar crater Petavius.
The world’s biggest and best skyguide to the what you can see in the night skies in February including the Deep-Sky Tour of faint fuzzies in the February 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 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