May 2018

Published: May 1, 2018 at 12:00 pm
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This month's features:

- A New Jupiter - how the Juno mission is showing the gas giant in a new light

- An Insight Inside Mars - NASA's latest mission aims to delve deep into the Red Planet

- Have Scope, Will Travel - how to make the most of stargazing on holiday

- Islands of Astronomy - how the Canary Islands have become a top destination for astronomers

- Remembering Stephen Hawking - the amazing life of one of the most inspirational cosmologists of our time

Equipment reviews

Bresser AR90/500guiding kit

Altair Starwave 70 EDQ-R quadapo

Omegon Panorama II eyepieces

Online Bonus Content

Watch our video interview with Bruce Banerdt, principal investigator of NASA's new Insight mission to Mars

Download excerpts from audio books on the Red Planet

Patrick Moore explores the life of 18th century astronomer Charles Messier, in a classic episode from 1979

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

Also this month

Did Galileo really discover the Galilean moons?

How to build a right-angled polarscope adaptor

Image processing - combining landscapes with dark skies

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 Jupiter's moons, noctilucent clouds and Comet 21P/Giacobini-Zinner.

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


Iain Todd, BBC Sky at Night Magazine
Iain ToddScience journalist

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

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