June 2010

Sky At Night June 2010

Astronomy needs you! Will Gater shows you how to get involved with the latest citizen astronomy projects online.


Destination Moon – Astronautics expert Chris Welch looks at how the Google Lunar X Prize (a competition to land a privately-funded rover on the Moon) is gathering pace.

Patrick Moore celebrates the birthday of Charles Messier, creator of the Messier Catalogue, the world’s most famous catalogue of astronomical objects.

Beginners’ guide to…equatorial mounts (part 1).

A noctilucent clouds special on the coverdisc.

– We show you how to sharpen your eyesight

Imaging the planets of the Solar System – find out how astro imager Dave Tyler takes stunning photos of Earth’s neighbours

– Also on the coverdisc are observing forms, April’s episode of The Sky at Night, your best astronomy photos, get started guides on equipment and observing, the Virtual Planetarium, classified scope ads and much more!

– Guides covering how to capture an image of a comet, sketch the lunar crater Clavius and observe the lunar crater Challis.

– A spaceflight update – Piers Bizony reports on the latest Shuttle mission and the new UK Space Agency.

– The world’s biggest and best skyguide to the what you can see in the night skies in June including the Deep-Sky Tour of faint fuzzies in Serpens Cauda

– 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.

– Space colony – thrity-five years ago, a meeting was held to discuss plans for cities in space. Piers Bizony investigates the death of a dream.

– Reviews:
we review Celestron’s new 11-inch Schmidt-Cassegrain in First Light and three 10-inch Dobsonians in our Group Test.

– Interactive:
your letters, tweets, forum posts and readers’ scopes

– Gear –
Vincent Whiteman rounds up 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


What I really want to know is – Chris Bramley talks to scientist Mary Beth Kaiser who wants to know how bright are the stars?