May 2017

SkyAtNight May2017

This month:

Making The Sky at Night – producer Mickey Lachmann on what it means to create a show with such a rich history


60 Years of Space – Chris Lintott and Pete Lawrence look back on six decades of spaceflight and practical astronomy

The Presenters’ View – Chris Lintott and Maggie Aderin-Pocock on what the show means to them

A Tribute to Patrick – Rock star and astrophysicist Brian May pays homage to Sir Patrick Moore

Cassini: The Ring Grazer – Will Gater looks ahead to the end of the mission to explore the Saturnian system

When Irish Skies are Shining – the best places to observe on the Emerald Isle

Stargazing With a Smartphone– the top astronomy apps available now


Orion 6-inch f/4 Newtonian astrograph, Altair Hypercam IMX178 colour camera, 6 Of The Best: 3x Barlow lenses

– Access the Bonus Content for a video interview with Cassini’s deputy project scientist

Plus, watch a classic episode of The Sky at Night from 1977 in which Patrick Moore discusses the launch of the Voyager spacecraft

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

Download a PDF and audio chapter of Marcus Chown’s new book The Ascent of Gravity

Understanding gravitational lensing in The Guide

– How to spruce up your observatory

Image processingcoaxing high dynamic range out of a galaxy

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 May comets, double shadow transits on Jupiter and the Eta Aquariid meteor shower

– 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