The February 2015 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops now!
Here’s what’s inside the 108-pages and coverdisc.
- The Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year… The 2015 competition is open - find out about the new categories and new prizes.
- Maximise your deep-sky observing... We reveal the techniques that can help you spot dim targets and see faint details.
- New Dawn on Ceres… We're about to reach a dwarf planet that could possess more water than Earth.
- Trial by fire... The story behind ESA's new spacecraft
- Northern Elightenment... We head to Findland to find out what makes a great aurora photo.
- Visual Observing Guide: Part 2... Learn the secrets of variable stars.
- Reviews: we review the Moonraker Nebula Class 4-inch f/12 refractor, the Bresser EXOS 2 Go-To mount and the Atik One 6.0 CCD camera.
- 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 conjunction of Mars and Venus and observe the lunar crater Fontenelle.
- Our amazing skyguide shows what you can see in the night skies in February including the best pick of deep-sky, planetary and binocular objects 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 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.
Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Staff Writer. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.