The September 2014 issue of BBC Sky at Night Magazine is out in the shops now!
Here’s what’s inside the 108-pages and coverdisc.
– Secrets of the autumn sky… Kick off the new season with a trip around some familiar favourites and overlooked gems.
– Why we invest in space – Spending on space exploration is not pouring money into a black hole – our whole society benefits.
– Counting clouds… We examine why more and more noctilucent clouds are being seen each year.
– Inside ESA… Catch a glimpse of the space agency as you’ve never seen it before in this exclusive photo gallery.
MeerKAT on the lookout – Find out how the SKA is shaping up in South Africa.
– Reviews: we review the Celestron Evolution NexStar 8 Schmidt-Cassegrain, the Explore Scientific Carbon-Fibre PN-210/800 Newtonian and the Altair Astro Wave Series 130 EDT apo refractor.
– Watch an episode of The Sky at Night, print out our deep sky tour chart, read get started guides, print out observing forms to record your observations, watch astronomy videos and view your Hotshots pictures on the coverdisc.
– Guides covering how to capture an image of the crescent of Venus, sketch Saturn and observe the lunar crater Taruntius.
– The world’s biggest and best skyguide to what you can see in the night skies in February including the Deep-Sky Tour of deep sky objects in the November night skies.
– The monthly Bulletin pages which bring you up to date on all the latest astronomical news as well as Cutting Edge analysis articles which highlight brand new research.
– 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 (also with astronomy related tv & radio listings.)
– 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.