May 2016

The May 2016 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is in the shops now!

Sky At Night May 2016 cover

Inside this month’s issue:


Mercury – all you need to know about the planet closest to the Sun, including how to observe the 9 May transit

Spying a Solar System’s Birth – how the worl’ds most advanced telescope are hunting down nascent planetary systems
Back Garden Breakthroughs – the amateur astronomers whose observations have helped further science
When Religion Meets ET –how would Earth’s religions cope with the discovery of alien life?
The Gravitational Wave Revolution – Govert Schilling explores the discovery that could change astronomy
Reviews: Nikon D810A DSLR camera, Vixen SSW eyepiece series, Altair Astro Starwave Classic 102mm achromat refractor
– Access the Bonus Content for our interview with Adam Steltzner, the man who landed the Curiosity Rover on Mars
Plus, March’s Sky at Night episode, ESA videos looking at the science behind LISA Pathfinder, and architects Foster + Partners reveal their vision of a human settlement on Mars. Plus, May’s Virtual Planetariumdeep sky tour chart, binocular tourobserving forms and Hotshots and Eye On The Sky picture galleries.
Exploring the moons of Mars in The Guide
How to Automate Your Observatory, part 1
Image processingDerotate images with WinJupos, part 2 
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 May Sky Guide featuring the transit of Mercury, an all-sky chart, a deep-sky tour and more…
– 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