Back in June 2005, Sky at Night Magazine hit newsagents’ shelves for the first time. Our aim was to share our enthusiasm for stargazing and to make it accessible to as many readers as possible, from complete beginners to the longest-serving amateur astronomers.
Five years and 68 issues later, Sky at Night Magazine is the UK’s best-selling astronomy magazine. But we’re not stopping there. As part of our exciting plans for 2011, we’re proud to bring you a brand new website. What you see today is just the beginning. Ultimately, the site will grow into what we hope will be the top destination for amateur astronomers, not just in the UK but around the world.
One of the most important parts of the website is our selection of beginners’ guides, carefully chosen from past issues of Sky at Night Magazine to help you get started. And since there’s plenty of jargon in astronomy, we’ve included every term from the magazine’s Glossary page to create a comprehensive online dictionary.
For much the same reasons, we’ve created a section devoted to the fastest-growing area of astronomy: astro photography. We’ll help you get to grips with astro photography tools and techniques, so that you can get the most out of the magazine when we tell you the best objects to photograph that month.
While you’re on the site, spare a moment to read Sir Patrick Moore’s opinion columns, book reviews and Moon guides, all of which have appeared in the pages of Sky at Night Magazine over the years – and still do.
The magazine’s pledge to cater for everybody – from complete beginners to knowledgeable astronomers, was an idea hatched by Patrick Moore and producer Paul Johnstone back in 1957, when The Sky at Night was born. Sky at Night Magazine was proud to follow in this tradition in 2005, and now we’re excited to be taking it into the digital age. Please do join us for the ride.
Editor, Sky at Night Magazine