July 2017

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This month’s features:

Life from Space – did life on Earth begin on Earth?

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Summer’s Night-Shining Spectacle – Make the most of this year’s noctilucent clouds season

Catching the Planet Killers – how you can become an asteroid hunter and protect Earth from an catastrophic event!

Portraits of Jupiter – the latest views of Jupiter from NASA’s Juno spacecraft

Getting to the Heart of Pluto – how New Horizons has changed our view of the dwarf planet

Equipment reviews

Celestron CGEM II equatorial mount

PrimaLuceLabs AIRY ED100 apo doublet refractor

Meade LPI-G colour video camera

Online Bonus Content

A classic episode of The Sky at Night in which Patrick explores the mystery of how life on Earth began.

We speak to Richard Varvill of Reaction Engines about the new rocket engine that could change the way we travel into space

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

Download a PDF and audio chapter of We Have No Idea, a new book from the creator of PHD Comics and a CERN physicist

Also this month

The science of space rocks in The Guide

How to build a clip-on finderscope illuminator

Image processingcombining local and overall edits in Lightroom

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 July Sky Guide featuring a lunar occultation of Mercury, noctilucent clouds and Pluto at opposition

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