October 2016

SKY AT NIGHT October 2016

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


This month’s print issue comes with a FREE planisphere to help you navigate the night sky

Also inside the October edition:

On Demand Aurora – the online world of auroral livestreams

Insight Astronomy Photographer of the Year – the winners of this year’s astrophotography competition

Countdown to the James Webb Telescope – looking ahead to the 2018 launch of the space telescope

Into the Darkness – our light pollution-graded observing tour

Launching the Space Economy – how can we access the minerals and resources that exist in space?

Reviews: Explore Scientific AR152 doublet achromat refractor; ZWO ASI224MC-Cool colour camera; Pulsar 2.2m home observatory

– Access the Bonus Content for our interview with former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino, and a classic Sky at Night from 1973 in which Patrick Moore explores the Moon illusion

Plus, October’s Virtual Planetariumdeep-sky tour chart, binocular tourobserving forms and Hotshots and Eye On The Sky picture galleries.

– How to use this month’s free planisphere in The Guide

– How to install and set up an EQ6 wedge

Image processingthe Sword of Orion

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 October Sky Guide featuring Ceres at opposition, observing Mercury and the disappearing Hyades

– 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


What I Really Want To Know Is – what’s the cause of Mars’s mystery streaks?