This month's features:

- Mapping the Milky Way - how the Gaia mission is revealing the secrets of the Galaxy


- Strangest Stars in the Universe - not all stars are the same...

- Through the Lens of Time - the top UK historical astronomical sites to visit this summer

- Stellarium Uncovered - how to make the most of the digital planetarium

- Capturing the Clouds - a mission to study noctilucent clouds up close

Equipment reviews

Celestron Astro Fi 5 Schmidt-Cassegrain Wi-Fi system

Avalon M-Uno Fast Reverse Wi-Fi Go-To mount

Atik Horizon CMOS camera

Adrien Mauduit takes a flight to study noctilucent clouds in this month's issue. Credit: Adrien Mauduit
Adrien Mauduit takes a flight to study noctilucent clouds in this month's issue.
Credit: Adrien Mauduit

Online Bonus Content

Watch our video interview with Gray Rybka, a scientist working on a new project to discover dark matter

The Sky at Night programme explores the prospect of finding signs of life on Mars

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

Also this month

A beginner's guide to astro imaging

How to build a rotating eyepiece turret

Image processing - fine tuning noctilucent cloud images

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 June Sky Guide featuring the Sun, Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner and Saturn's Seeliger effect.

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

The latest astronomy books reviewed

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Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

Iain Todd is BBC Sky at Night Magazine's Content Editor. He fell in love with the night sky when he caught his first glimpse of Orion, aged 10.